Taking Care of Your Cat After Spaying
Understanding the difference between vaccination and spaying may help you decide whether to spay or vaccinate your cat. In addition, you will need to know if you have a high risk factor for passing on feline leukemia (FeLV) to your cat. You also have to know whether to do a home-based or in-home spaying procedure.
Vaccination involves injection of immunization to prevent the transmission of infection from one pet to another. The procedure normally occurs in the first few weeks of your cat’s life when the immune system is still developing.
The antibodies found in the injected dose of immunization will be eliminated in a short period of time, allowing your pet’s immune system to strengthen as it develops. This process can be hastened by feeding your cat a diet rich in nutrients like proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
The vaccination is usually performed when the kitten is less than five weeks old. However, the first vaccination in a pair of kittens is not routinely recommended until they are around seven weeks old.
A cat’s health can also be assessed through its teeth. Cats that already have feline leukemia usually lose their entire teeth due to bone tumors, which is why having your cat’s teeth inspected by your veterinarian in the first few months of its life is advisable.
Another cause of bone tumors in cats is the long-established infection called FeLV. Cats who have FeLV can still get the infection and spread it to others. On the other hand, cats who have FIV cannot get the infection from other cats.
Even though your cat is vaccinated, it may still fall prey to the condition, even if it has been protected by your efforts. To avoid the situation, it is important that you allow your cat to access the outdoors as much as possible.
It’s a cat’s cat does not mean that you have to surrender your cat to the animal shelter. You can have your cat spayed instead. Your vet will explain the procedure to you.
Spaying is actually the most natural way to conceive a cat. On the other hand, a home-based procedure is very effective in preventing the disease.
Most veterinary clinics or veterinarians in Canada use the home-based method in case you don’t want to undergo the procedure. Usually, the animals will be sedated before the procedure and can remain calm during the procedure. The dentist removes a portion of the uterine lining and inserts a catheter into the uterus.
Opening the vagina is the most difficult part of the procedure. For some felines, it may take a year or two before they’re pain-free.
Spaying your cat might seem a bit costly but in the long run, you and your cat will reap the benefits. Moreover, you don’t have to spend so much when the procedure becomes necessary later. Your cat will no longer be in need of medication for this disease, and it can still go out and play and run around.