Castrating your male car is a surgical procedure to remove both testicles in the male cat to prevent them roaming, territorial marking and fighting with other cats in your area.
Castrating your male cat also Reduces sexual behaviour and Prevents testicular neoplasia and prostate disease.
Our vets will perform a thorough clinical exam on your pet to ensure that they are in good health and fit for surgery. A medical history will also be taken. Our vets will ask you about any pre-existing conditions, vaccinations status and any previous anaesthesia. As each pet is different we may decide to run a pre-anaesthetic blood test, which gives us a clear indication of your pet’s overall health. We advise that your cat is fasted from 8 pm the night before the operation to prevent reflux of the stomach contents entering the lungs (pulmonary aspiration of the stomach content).
About the Operation
The procedure is quick A sedative and pain relief are given prior to surgery to make your cat comfortable and pain-free. It involves the removal of both testes through small incisions into the scrotum. Usually, the skin incisions for castration are so small that sutures are not required. We will call you once he is recovered from surgery and he goes home with you the same evening we will give you at collection time.
When to Castrate your Cat
We recommend castrating your cat at 4 months of age. It can be done later in life, however, the risk of anaesthesia also increases as your cat gets older.
What are the Risks?
With any type of surgical procedure, there is some risk involved. Our vet will carry out a health check the morning of the procedure to ensure your dog is healthy. Constant monitoring by our nurse during and after the surgery ensures these risks are as low as possible.
After surgery, your cat’s appetite may be reduced and he may also appear quieter than usual; this is normal and he should be back to normal the following day. Even though there are no sutures to be removed we will still carry out a post-operative check after 3 days to make sure the wound is healing nicely. He will need to have his stitches taken out 10-14 days after the surgery. However, if you are in any way worried about your cat don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Prevents your cat from roaming for a mate
- Reduces your cat territory marking
- Reduces sexual behaviour
- Prevents testicular neoplasia and prostate disease
Increased risk of weight gain so we recommend reducing his food by 10% after the procedure