Spaying is the term which refers
to the sterilization of a female cat. Ovariohysterectomy is the
proper medical term for “spaying” of
the female cat. The surgical procedure consists of the complete
removal of both ovaries and the uterus. The operation is performed
under general anesthesia. Although there is a slight discomfort
for one or two days after surgery, recovery is rapid in most
cases. There are many benefits from spaying your Ragdoll cat.
Some of the few include:
• Reduces the chance of uterine infections and cancer.
• Eliminates the problems, risks and costs associated with pregnancy
• Eliminates messy heat periods, irritating pacing and crying.
(Ragdoll cats are especially vocal while in heat!)
Eliminates the female’s scent during heat that attracts
males to your home.
• Reduces the likelihood of pet loss. Un- spayed females have
been known to break through doors, and travel for miles in
search for a male cat.
Neutering is the term which refers to the sterilization of a
male cat. Castration is the surgical removal of the testicles.
When a cat is castrated just before sexual maturity at 6 months
of age, the cat’s sexual instincts are reduced, and the
cat becomes sterile. The operation is performed under general
anesthesia. Recovery is generally uneventful, the hospital stay
is short, and aftercare is minimal. There are many benefits from
neutering your Ragdoll kitten or Ragdoll cat. Some of the few
• Reduces the risk of testicular tumors and prostate problems.
Reduces the likelihood of pet loss. Un- neutered males have been
known to jump fences, break through doors and windows, and travel
for miles tracking a female in heat.
Eliminates urine marking “spraying”, and reduces
the objectionable urine of the male cat.