Spaying or neutering your cat is one of the responsibilities of being a pet owner. It has numerous long-term health benefits. It also helps with the control of the overall feline population. Did you know every year 50,000 unwanted pets are euthanized in Ontario due to overpopulation?
What is spaying or neutering?
Spaying or neutering a cat means that the reproductive organs are removed. In a female, the ovaries and uterus are removed. In a male, the testicles are removed.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
Your cat should be spayed or neutered at 5 months of age. It has been found that spaying/neutering at this age prevents unwanted behaviours and diseases. They also recover quite quickly at this age. It is important to have current vaccines so they are protected while in the hospital.
What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?
Your cat’s comfort is of utmost importance to us when they arrive for surgery. We ensure there will be no stomach upset during the procedure by asking you to not feed breakfast. You will arrive at the clinic between 8 and 9 am and a technician will ask you some questions about how your cat has been feeling. As long as Kitty is healthy, we will draw a small blood sample, apply a numbing patch to their arm and tuck them into a warm bed. Once blood work shows Kitty is healthy on the inside and a veterinarian has examined Kitty, an iv catheter will be placed and iv fluids started. Kitty will be given some sedation to prevent pain and anxiety. A general anesthetic is given and the surgery is performed once Kitty is fully asleep. Kitty’s heart, blood pressure, temperature and breathing is closely monitored throughout the procedure. Pain medication is given again to prevent discomfort when Kitty wakes up. Kitty will wake up slowly back in the warm bed with a TLC nurse watching over them. Our veterinarian will call you once Kitty is fully awake. Most cats are fully awake and ready to go home by 3 or 4 pm. They go home with pain medication and a Cone Collar to prevent licking. The stitches are all under the skin and do not have to be removed. Our veterinarian will call you at home around 9 pm to see how Kitty is feeling.