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Cat Desexing

Cat desexing plays a major role in responsible pet ownership. Cat desexing is a simple, efficient and affordable procedure that can help your cat to live a longer, happier and healthier life. In Western Australia, cat owners are required by law (Section 18 of the Cat Act 2011) to have their cats desexed by the time they are 6 months old (unless an exemption has been obtained, such as for licensed breeders).

Why is Cat Desexing So Important?

In the 2018-2019 financial year, over 51,000 unwanted cats were given to the RSPCA, many as a direct result of unwanted breeding. Pet owners are often startled to hear that cats can start breeding when they are just 4 months old, which is why it’s so important to have your cat desexed at an appropriate age.

FAQs About Cat Desexing

Is cat desexing expensive?

Having your cat spayed or neutered is an affordable and cost-effective procedure, particularly when compared to the costs associated with cat pregnancy and ongoing care for a litter of kittens. For more information, contact our friendly staff today.

Will cat desexing change my pet’s behaviour?

Studies have shown that cat desexing can help to minimise aggression, but this isn’t a guarantee. What is guaranteed is that female cats that have been desexed won’t go into heat (occurring repeatedly throughout the breeding season, this typically results in lots of urinating and yowling). Male cats that have been desexed are also less likely to mark their territory by spraying and aren’t as prone to roaming far from home (a habit which often leads to fights over territory and an increased risk of being injured in an accident).

What does cat desexing involve?

Your cat will have an initial consultation with a vet to determine when is the right time for desexing to occur. The actual procedure is very simple a routine procedure and is performed by an experienced surgical team while your cat is under a general anaesthetic. Once the procedure is completed, most cats will return home on the same day. Our vets are more than happy to talk you through the whole process, from the initial assessment through to post-operative care, answering any additional questions you may have.

What are the health benefits of cat desexing?

There are numerous health benefits, for both male and female cats. In males, cat desexing prevents testicular cancer, minimises prostate-related issues and lowers hormone levels  especially around 6 months of age reduces undesirable behaviours such as spraying and roaming.(which can otherwise result in undesirable habits such as aggression and roaming). In females, cat desexing prevents false unwanted pregnancies and other conditions which can affect the uterus, while also protecting them from unwanted pregnancy and the attention of roaming males.