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Spaying and Neutering Cats

Cat spaying is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure that removes the ovaries and uterus in order to sterilize a female cat. There are several health benefits of spaying a cat therefore it is recommended that all non-breeding female cats be spayed. First, spaying a cat eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers. Breast cancer is the number one type of cancer diagnosed in un-spayed female cats and if your cat is spayed before her first heat cycle, there is a markedly reduced chance of developing breast cancer. With every subsequent heat cycle, the risk of developing breast cancer increased. The most obvious reason to spay your cat is to prevent unwanted pregnancies and kittens. Cats mature very young and it is currently recommended that most cats be spayed between 4 and 6 months of age.

Cat neutering is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure that removes the testicles in order to sterilize a male cat.

Most of the advantages of neutering cats are behavioral as neutered male cats make better pets. Once male cats reach puberty, a number of behavioral changes make him less desirable as a pet. He will become more territorial and start to mark areas even inside the house by spraying urine. Male cat urine has a very offensive strong odor that is difficult to remove. Un-neutered cats also have a tendency to roam and try to escape outdoors. They often engage in fights with local cats which may result in bite wounds or more serious injuries and infectious diseases. Diseases such as FIV and FeLV are more common in un-neutered male cats and are incurable and fatal diseases. It is recommended to neuter your male cat before the onset of puberty most commonly between 5 to 7 months of age. If you choose the Best Care Little Bundles Program for your kitten, a spay or neuter surgery is included at a reduced price during the first year after enrollment.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please come in or call us immediately. If it is after hours, call VCA Alpine Animal Hospital at 425-392-8888. VCA Alpine is located at 888 NW Sammamish Rd, Issaquah WA 98027.

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