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Feline Ages & Life Stages
Kittens 17 Weeks To 20 Weeks: 5 Months Old
(6-8 Years Old In Human Years)
Becoming A Mature Adult
This month of development is about your kitten’s impending sexual maturity.
Pre-Surgical Consultation: Between five and six months old, your kitten will be examined during a Pre-Surgical Consultation with the Laser Surgeon Veterinarian. The Veterinarian will do a comprehensive physical exam, pre-anesthesia blood work, and make sure that any medical conditions your kitten may have are resolved or will not be adversely affected by the surgical procedure. This is your opportunity to discuss with the Veterinarian any concerns you have regarding your kitten’s growth, development, and behavior.
Feline Spaying: In medicine, a “spay” procedure is called an ovariohysterectomy, and involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus from the abdominal cavity. Spaying your female cat not only prevents pregnancy, but also reduces her risk of getting ovarian cancer, breast cancer, or an infection of the uterus called pyometra later in life. Spaying your female cat also eliminates their estrus cycle, commonly known as being in heat, thus preventing the yowling, posturing, and restlessness associated with attracting a mate.
Feline Neutering: In medicine, a “neuter” procedure is an orchidetomy, and involves the removal of the testes through an incision in the scrotum. Neutering your male cat not only prevents him from fathering kittens, but reduces his risk of getting prostate or testicular cancer later in life. Neutering your male cat may also reduce behaviors such as urine spraying, roaming, and fighting with other male cats over territory and access to mates.
To Declaw Or Not To Declaw: There are very many opinions regarding declawing cats. The procedure does involve an amputation of the toes from the first “knuckle.” It is a painful procedure just as all major surgical procedures are, and requires pain management to make your cat comfortable during the procedure, and after while in recovery. Cat’s scratching to mark territory is an instinctive behavior, and declawing a cat will not stop this behavior from happening. At the Suffolk Veterinary Group Laser Surgery Center, we do not feel it is our place to judge those that choose to, or not to, declaw their cats. Because of certain surgical and after-care complications involved with the declawing procedure, we no longer perform declaw surgeries at our facility. If you are concerned about your cat damaging furniture or carpets with their scratching, contact us and we can consult with you as to behavioral conditioning techniques that will help redirect your cat’s instinctive scratching behavior to more acceptable locations.
Medical Concerns: All anesthesia comes with a certain degree of risk. While we cannot foresee all possible emergencies, nor predict every patient’s response, we make it our priority to see to it your cat has a licensed and professional PetCare Team always by their side during their surgical procedure.
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I want to thank Dr. Winkler and his staff. They are the most compassionate animal care center ever. And when we recently had to put our kitty down, no where else will you receive the compassion they show. God bless them for their kindness and caring hearts.