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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I was just wondering if anyone's cat's been injected with birth control injections? I was thinking of spaying my cats, but I'm not sure... I'm scared I'll be changing my cat's circulation of life... So, I asked my vet if there was an alternative, and she said to inject it with birth control injections... But b4 I do that, I need to know if anyone's done it yet or if anyone's heard of it, and if there's any dangerous side-effects to it... Thanx beforehand...
post #2 of 8
i think the injections would be more disruptive and un-natural than the spaying imho. my cat was spayed three weeks ago and she honestly hasnt noticed the difference.

you have to take into account whether your cat will like being taken to the vets for the injecion, the frequency of them plus the cost.
post #3 of 8
i have never heard of it hear in uk i must ask
post #4 of 8
I agree that i think that would be more disruptive. I had two of my females spayed in the last months here..and there is no diffrence in them at all. they are both still happy and healthy and same with everything else.
post #5 of 8
The other good thing about spaying is that it is done in one trip to the vet and that is it. With birth control, you have to keep taking the cat to the vet and what happens if you forget once or don't have the money and your cat gets outside...then you have kittens to worry about. If spaying was such a big concern, it wouldn't be done. It is not a big deal, it is a common surgery that everyone should have done to their cats. Birth control would, in my opinon be much more unnatural because it is very uncommon. Plus, spaying limits the chance of your cat getting all kinds of diseases later in life. Please don't worry about it and have your cat spayed.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
How much does spaying cost? I live in Indonesia... The injections cost 35.000 rupiahs/$3.6 US per visit, and that's 3 times a year... I don't have the money for spaying if it's too expensive
post #7 of 8
MiloMini....unfortunately I'm not sure what the "price" is to spay your cat..but I do recommend having her spayed.

Spaying and neutering helps cats and dogs live longer, healthier lives.
Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, especially when your pet is spayed before her first heat.
Spaying can prevent various reproductive tract disorders
Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of benign prostate disease.
post #8 of 8
Oh and I see you have a male and a female? That is even a bigger risk to have your cat spayed because the greater chance of your two cats mating. You can't give the male anything, so he will constantly be fighting and spraying urine around your house knowing your female is not spayed. He may attack her, he may just constantly pick on her or try to mate her. She will go crazy with this, and then once again, what if it slips your mind to take her to the vet for the shot? She will get pregnant faster then you know what is happening with a male in the house also. This is assuming that you are also not getting your male neutered. Many male cats just aren't pleasent when they aren't neutered.

Over here in Ohio you can get a cat fixed anywhere from $10-$200, it just depends on where you go. Do some research in your country and area and see if they have any low cost clinics or mobile clinics.

One last thing, you said you might not have the money to spay your cat, but say she were to get pregnant. You will then have to be ready in case she needs to be rushed to the vet if something goes wrong. All the kittens (and she could have 8) will have to be checked by the vet and you will have to pay lots for that and all their shots. Plus if the mother rejects them then you will have to bottle feed them every 2 hours and be sure they stay warm, which is a huge responsibility and weeks of sleepless nights.

While the mother is nursing, you have to keep the male apart from her because she can get pregnant again before the babies are 2 weeks old. I am sure there has to be some risk in giving a nursing mother a birth control injection, so the male will have to be seperate until the babies are done nursing, they should stay with the mother until 10-12 weeks. So 4 months of seperation. An unneutered male is a risk to a mother and her vulnerable kittens as he could kill them.

I am just pointing out the risks of not spaying your cat, not only health risks but money risks too. Basically, if you cannot afford to properly care for your pet, which included spaying and neutering and providing proper vet care then you shouldn't have a cat in the first place. Say you don't spay her and in a few years, she develops cancer or a disorder because you didn't spay her. ot only will you feel guilty because you could have easily prevented it, but now you have hundreds and hundreds of dollars to spend on vet visits and medications, maybe even surgery and your poor cat is going through all those tests and could even die!

I am not trying to sound harsh but that is the reality of the decision you have to make. On the other hand, nothing may go wrong, everything may go perfect and she may never develop cancer or get sick or get pregnant by accident. But the fact the the risk is there should give you every reason to just have her spayed. It is a routine surgery, it is no big deal, every one has it done, it is a good thing and the overpopulation of cats in this world is so out of control that why risk it?

Ok I am done, sorry to ramble.
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