Quick Tips: The Basics of Spaying

Spaying prevents unwanted litters and some problem behaviors. Learn what the surgery involves.

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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Female kittens traditionally are spayed at 6 months old, ostensibly before they experience their first heat. Spaying a female cat is called ovariohysterectomy. The cat is anesthetized, and the veterinarian removes her ovaries and uterus. The incision is closed by nonabsorbable stitches, which must be removed approximately a week to 10 days later, or by subcuticular stitches, or sutures placed below the skin that gradually dissolve in the body.

Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that renders a female cat sterile but does not prevent her from coming into heat and attracting males. The procedure is unpopular for that reason.

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Migdalia    Rome, NY

12/5/2011 10:00:46 AM

I loved the article. I am having 2 kittens spayed this month. I had 2 more spayed years ago too. The only thing that always worries me is if they try to bite and pull the stitches out. Everyone should spay and neuter their pets. I am grieving right now because my old cat, 17 years old named Muffins was put to sleep this Saturday. But my husband, adopted a new kitten for me on Sunday. We love to save animals at the shelter. Please adopt and help out animals find homes. Thank you.

Christine    Wells, MN

8/23/2010 1:38:33 PM

Thank you. I thought 6 months was the time to start spaying.

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