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Author Topic: Feline Tubal Ligation and Vasectomy?  (Read 6916 times)
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Sofia
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« on: July 10, 2015, 04:26:46 PM »

Does anyone have experience/knowledge about this?  We've rescued a feral mom and her kittens and we are keeping the entire family together.  Smiley. The mom is FIV positive, so this and having lost so many of our cats and dogs over the past two years to cancers, we have read about benefits of this to immune system function as opposed to spay/neuter.

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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 04:25:22 AM »

My Sil had this done for her cat Minji , she said the tubal was a much quicker recuperation . Don't know about any long term differences , unfortunately Minji passed from heart disease.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2015, 07:36:27 AM »

Hi Sofia, I don't personally have experience with tubal ligation for cats, nor has a vet ever offered, but it is something I would like to research.  So glad you are keeping this feline family together.  Bravo!

Our GSD breeder sent me studies done by Univerity of California, Davis, regarding early neutering on large breed dogs and affects on the immune system and skeletal system. She actually puts in her contracts no spaying until 1 year of age. There are a couple studies completed already and I believe they are doing one on GSDs now or soon.  I have not found anything about felines, but it makes a lot of sense to my little brain that something is causing all these cancers besides pollutants.

Here is one link in case this is one you have not seen yet.
http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10498

Please let us know how this goes if you decide on having the tubal ligation done.
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2015, 05:49:10 PM »

I watched a long Dr. Becker video on late spay & no neuter but almost all the info was on dogs, especially large breed.  She said all the links to bad health effects have been almost all attributed to large breed dogs and it was unclear about whether cats were affected in these ways. 

Maybe I have this wrong with this procedure, but I'm assuming with tubes tied everything else functions as normal?  That means the females would still go into heat, and the males still prowl, fight, spray.  I've always believed in waiting at least till 6 months old in cats, later in bigger dogs, with no one having told me it was good to do so.  But I'm not sure I'd want to have an intact male or female cat around it's entire life.  Going through more than a few heats with each cat would make me nuts.  Also, it's really bad for cats (& I think dogs are at some risk too) to go through more than one or two heat cycles without getting pregnant as they can get pyometra and die.
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2015, 07:47:59 PM »

The problem with feline vasectomy is that you will still have the "undesirable" behaviors that get so many males into trouble - fighting, yowling, spraying. 

I would worry about feline tubal simply because you'll still have the risk of pyometra - in a feral cat, this may be difficult to monitor closely enough to catch it early.  And if she's going to be outdoors, she may get more attention from the males than she would appreciate - more than a spayed female would, certainly because the hormones are still functioning.

The thing to watch with FIV positive cats is their teeth - they tend to get terrible teeth over time and regular dentals are a must.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2015, 10:24:08 PM »

Also, to get a little off topic, I think nutrition should be a major consideration when trying to boost the immune system and reducing possibility of cancer.  Guar gum, carragenan, high carbs, GMO's (including meat from animals fed GM grains), denatured meats and very low quality ingredients & supplements, unbalanced foods, packaging - lots of discussions on how these can drive cancer growth and create other negative health effects.  Unfortunately feeding home made diets of the highest quality organic ingredients is far beyond what most of us can afford so we have to do the best we can.

Vaccines might also be something research - can they damage the immune system? do some ingredients in vaccines spur cancer?  

Wanted to add - a BF in my past had a FIV positive cat that lived with me y cats for years.  None of mine got it from him, and he lived to almost 17.  He occasionally got sniffles and I can't remember what we did for that, maybe lysine.  Other than that he was healthy up to a few months before his kidneys finally gave out.
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