Spaying your female cat is a surgical procedure to prevent your cat from roaming, looking and calling for a mate and having unwanted litters of kittens.
Spaying your female cat involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus it also Reduces sexual behaviour, Prevents mammary and ovarian cancer. By removing the uterus and ovaries you prevent an infection called pyometra.
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 is given prior to surgery to make your cat comfortable and pain-free. It involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus through a small incision normally on the side but sometimes this can be done in the midline. Your cat will have stitches on her skin that will have to be taken out 10-14 days after surgery.
When to Spay your Cat
We recommend spaying your cat at 4 months of age. It can be done later in life if you are planning for her to have a litter of kittens however the risk of anaesthesia increases with age along with an increase in behavioural problems associated with your cat reaching sexual maturity such as loudly calling for a mate, which can be stressful for owners
What are the Risks?
With any type of surgical procedure, there is some risk involved. Our vet will carry out a full health check the morning of the procedure to ensure your cat is fit and healthy for surgery. Constant monitoring by our nurse during and after the surgery using the most up to date monitoring equipment ensures these risks are as low as possible.
After surgery, your cat’s appetite is reduced. She may not want to eat her full dinner; this is normal but we do encourage her to eat a little. She may appear quieter than usual; this is perfectly normal and she should be back to normal the following day. We will carry out a post-operative check to make sure the wound is healing nicely and make sure there is no inflammation three days later. She will need to have her stitches taken out 10-14 days after the surgery. Your pet will go home with a buster collar to prevent them licking at their stitches and it must stay on until the stitches are due out. However, if you are in any way worried about your cat don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Prevents roaming for a mate
- Reduces unwanted litters
- Reduces sexual behaviour
- Prevents an infection in the uterus called a pyometra
- Prevents mammary and ovarian cancer
- Reduces calling for a mate
The possibility of weight gain so we do recommend reducing the food by 10%.