Spaying or Neutering Has Many Health Benefits for Cats

Spaying or neutering not only reduces the population of homeless cats, it improves the health and quality of life for our feline friends, from reducing cancer risks to increasing life expectancies.

Most people realize that preventing cats from breeding reduces the number of homeless felines.

Spaying or neutering at an early age also provides huge health benefits:

  • Spaying cats before six months of age adds, on average, 12 to 18 months to their life expectancy.
  • Spaying results in a 99.9% reduction in breast cancer; 33% of un-spayed female cats will get breast tumors. Half of these will be malignant. Spaying a cat before its first heat cycle (as early as 6 months) can reduce the odds to 1 in 20,000.
  • 10% of our feline pets get ovarian cancer. Spaying eliminates this risk.
  • After age 7, one out of every three unspayed female cats will get a severe uterine infection called pyometra. This typically requires emergency surgery and can be fatal. Spaying eliminates the risk of pyometra. 
  • Unspayed females have an 85% chance of needing a costly emergency procedure.
  • Unneutered male cats roam and spray urine to mark their territory.
  • Unneutered cat urine is horrendously smelly. It soaks into clothes, hair and furniture and is very difficult to remove with any cleaner.
  • Roaming cats face life-shortening risks in our urban environment.

--- Information provided by Dr. Michael Rumore, Lake Seminole Animal Hospital in Seminole

Where to go for spaying/neutering services

SPOT Spay and Neuter Clinic and SPCA Tampa Bay are offering a special discount for people on limited income. Qualified cat owners can stop by or call SPOT to schedule feline spay-neuter surgeries for just $25.

SPOT is located at 4403 62nd Avenue North in Pinellas Park. 727-329-8657. More information available: www.spotusa.org


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phyllis dodge June 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM
this is a wonderful place. I will be a regular........Thank You so much Nora for helping me so much. you all are the best.........my cat population in my community has dropped quickly.It is just too bad I am the only one who cares here in my neighborhood.
Lynda June 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Love this article on spaying and neutering cats before they are six months old for their health, for the health of those they live with and for the good of the population of cats. I wish Pinellas County would support Trap Neuter Release for feral cats. Thanks, Nora, for another timely article.


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