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Spaying prevents unwanted litters and some problem behaviors. Learn what the surgery involves.

Spaying prevents unwanted litters and some problem behaviors. Learn what the surgery involves.

Female kittens traditionally are spayed at 6 months old, ostensibly before they experience their first heat. Spaying a female cat is called ovariohysterectomy. The cat is anesthetized, and the veterinarian removes her ovaries and uterus. The incision is closed by nonabsorbable stitches, which must be removed approximately a week to 10 days later, or by subcuticular stitches, or sutures placed below the skin that gradually dissolve in the body.

Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that renders a female cat sterile but does not prevent her from coming into heat and attracting males. The procedure is unpopular for that reason.

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