Cat Frequently Asked Questions

Spaying is the procedure used for female pets. Neutering generally refers to the procedure used for male pets. There are ways of providing birth control for dogs and cats by removing reproductive organs. Through spaying or neutering, you can help your pet have a happier, healthier and longer life. In both cases, the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia. Spaying or neutering removes discomfort, distress, and distraction, and frees your pet to enjoy time spent with you. Spaying and neutering help all pets by reducing the number of dogs and cats condemned to live without homes and without love.

The LCSNC is a non-profit organization. We received our 501(c) (3) on February 8, 2006. Our organization depends on grants, donations and fundraising events. We are housed in a County owned building which is generously leased to us by Hamilton County, at a reduced cost. Our clinic specializes in spay neuter surgeries and does not require some of the same costly equipment needed within a full service private veterinary practice.

Each cat is given an IV injection of anesthesia to put them under for surgery. After they are under, cats are given an injection of buprenorphine for pain relief during and after surgery.

Your pet should be at least 3 months old and weigh at least 3 pounds before undergoing surgery. We encourage early age surgery due to the quick recovery time a younger cat or dog experiences.

Female cats can get pregnant as early as 5 months old. Kittens can get pregnant even from their own litter mates.

It is best to wait 6-8 weeks after the kittens are born, so that the mother can nurse until her litter is weaned. Female cats can get pregnant even while nursing a young litter, so if this is a possibility, the spay surgery can be done even while she is still nursing to prevent another pregnancy.

If your male cat is neutered before he starts spraying chances are he will not spray. If your male cat is already in the habit of spraying chances are unlikely that the neutering will cause his behavior to stop.

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