My female cat is about 3 years old. I have been advised to desex it for the sake of its own health (cancer and infections of the urinal tract).
How significant would be the health benefits to it?
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There are many health benefits of spaying your kitty. The chances of ovarian or uterine cancer are eliminated, as well as Pyometra (a serious and potentially fatal infection of the uterus). The younger you spay, the greater the chances are reduced of your cat getting mammary cancer.
acvs.org Cats spayed before 6 months of age have a 7-times reduced risk of developing mammary cancer and spaying at any age reduces the risk of mammary tumors by 40% to 60% in cats.
Here are some health concerns eliminated be spaying your kitty.
catrescuenetwork.org Spaying eliminates the chances of developing: Pyometra. Pyometra is a serious and potentially fatal infection of the uterus experienced by many unspayed cats and dogs. If it is left untreated, your pet will most likely die. Ovarian cancer, cysts and infections. Ovarian cancer is a common occurrence in unaltered females. Uterine cancer and uterine infections. These are common occurrences in unaltered female dogs and cats, especially older pets. Acute metritis (infected uterus). This can be potentially fatal if not treated in time. Difficult pregnancy and delivery. This is common in older and ill cats. Pseudopregnancies. Some females go through a false pregnancy every time they come into heat.