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.