Spay & Neuter
Cat Spay and Neuter in Chicago Supports Your Cat’s Long-Term Health
At Chicago Cat Clinic, our feline veterinarians are honored to care for the unique and amazing cats in your life. Spaying and neutering cats is an important part of our approach to feline wellness care. Whether you have recently adopted an older cat or welcomed a new kitten into your family, spaying and neutering is beneficial to cats of all ages. Spaying and neutering reducing your cat’s risk for certain cancers, reproductive diseases, and other health problems. Additionally, spaying and neutering is an important choice for our community at-large. By reducing the unwanted animal population, we give cats in Chicago animal shelters a better chance at being adopted by loving, forever families.
Spaying & Neutering: Important for Feline Wellness Care
Spaying and neutering cats provides many important health benefits. Spaying females before the first heat, for example, nearly eliminates the risk for breast cancer, which is one of the most fatal cancers affecting female cats. Spaying females also reduces the risk for reproductive health problems, such as pyometra, and improves a female’s overall quality of life. Neutering male cats eliminates the risk for testicular cancer. Neutering can also help control unwanted behaviors in both male and female cats, including spraying urine to mark territory, aggressions toward other household members and pets, escaping behavior, etc. Some pet owners worry that neutering their cats will alter their personality. This could not be further from the truth! Neutering merely helps to redirect your cat’s attention back to the family, rather than on finding a mate. While your cat may be less aggressive or territorial, neutering is only redirecting his or her attention, not altering their personality. When it comes to weight gain, spaying and neutering will not cause your cat to become fat or lazy, as long as you continue to feed your cat a healthy, balanced diet and ensure your cat is stimulated through regular activity. However, it is important to note that a cat’s caloric need will decrease after the spay or neuter and adjustments may need to be made on quantity of food fed. At Chicago Cat Clinic, our entire staff has dedicated their professional veterinary careers to caring exclusively for cats. This depth of experience and dedication ensures a higher quality of surgical care than what may be available through other general animal care hospitals. As a feline-only hospital, we provide a calm, stress-free environment for spay and neuter operations. Cats also benefit from our quiet recovery center that is free from barking, growling or other sounds that could intimidate our feline patients. This helps reduce the stress and anxiety associated with surgery. Spay and neuter are routine surgical procedures that help cats live longer, healthier lives. As Chicago’s first, feline-only animal practice, our veterinary team is proud to continue a long tradition of excellence in feline care. This starts with the close relationships that we form with our feline patients and their caretakers. Our veterinarians are always happy to answer any questions that you may have about spay and neuter surgery, including what to expect before and after the procedure. To learn more and schedule an appointment, please contact our cat hospital at 773-631-5300.