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Pet Pointers: Cat spaying

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Some people believe it's good to allow a cat to go into heat once before being spayed. Not only is this is a complete misconception but a cat in heat is not pleasant. Today, we'll learn more about a cat's in heat cycle in this edition of Pet Pointers.

This time of year clinics and shelters see an increase in pregnant cats and even more in heat. Beth Bell spends several days a month performing surgery for a low cost spay and neuter clinic and says its best for the health of your cat to have the procedure done as soon as they are old enough and there is no reason to delay having your female cat spayed even if she is in heat.

"Cats in heat are harder to spay, than cats that are not in heat, so I recommend spaying before their first heat, after the age of four months. But it is possible to spay a cat in heat, and spay a pregnant cat as well," said veterinarian Beth Bell.

A cat in heat is not only in danger of becoming sick or pregnant but can be aggressive, aggressively affectionate, may leak fluid and will also yowl like an out of tune violin at all hours of the night. Having them spayed early is the best way to prevent all of these.

By having your cat spayed, you will also be helping to prevent uterine cancer, mammary tumors and a host of other diseases. You will also help reduce pet overpopulation. Animal shelters in the U.S. euthanize about 5.1 million abandoned pets each year and millions more suffer needlessly without proper homes.

If you think having your cat spayed is cost prohibitive, go to spayusa.org to find a low cost clinic near you.

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