Question: As first-time cat owners, we did not realize the mess and behavioral problems associated with having a cat in heat. Does spaying eliminate the problems?
Answer: Contact your veterinarian for an in-depth answer. Generally, spaying (an overiohysterectomy) is desirable because it prevents recurring heat periods, conception, life-threatening reproduction tract problems, and helps reduce behavioral problems as well as the risk of breast tumors.
I Love Cats thanks The American Veterinary Medical Association for this information.