Why should my
cat be neutered or spayed?
Each year there are millions of homeless pets that are
destroyed because they are never adopted. If current trends continue, we can
expect the numbers of pet lives lost to euthanasia to spiral upward. However,
there is a reasonable and responsible solution to the problem--birth control
for cats. You, as a cat owner, are responsible for your cat's sexuality.
Female cats that will not be used specifically in a breeding
program SHOULD be spayed. Spaying eliminates behaviors associated with an
intact female during heat cycles, such as excessive vocalization, restlessness,
treading, rolling, extreme affection and inappropriate voiding of urine. In addition, spaying a can virtually
eliminates certain types of cancers and medical issues associated with the
mammary glands and reproductive organs.
Male cats SHOULD be neutered before they become sexually
active, usually by six months of age. Neutering also helps to reduce fighting,
aggressive behaviors, roaming and territorial marking with urine that is
associated with intact males.
The cost of spaying or neutering is considerably less than
the cost of medical bills associated with reproductive diseases and sexually
related behavior problems. Also, spaying and neutering pet cats reduces the
problem of homeless kittens.
Your cat will be anesthetized using a gas anesthesia
(Isoflurane) rather than an injectable anesthetic. This anesthesia is one of the safest veterinary anesthetics available. Although this anesthetic is slightly more
costly than injectable anesthetics, it is safer for your cat and eliminates any
discomfort felt with the less effective injectable drugs. Your cat's comfort and safety are our
Prior to recovery from anesthesia, your cat will be given
medication to control post-operative pain and discomfort. Recovery is immediate
once the gas anesthesia has been discontinued.
precautions do I need to take for my cat when he/she comes home?
We recommend keeping your cat quiet and somewhat restricted
after surgery. If a cat is likely to be
very active immediately after surgery, the cat may need to be restricted to a
small room. Jumping can be a problem, especially jumping down from heights
since this can cause injury to the abdominal incision (for females). Most cats
will restrict their own activity until they are feeling better, but
occasionally there will be a rambunctious cat that will not "follow the rules"
and will need to be confined to a cage.
Should my cat
be allowed outside after surgery?
After surgery, your cat should be confined indoors until
sutures are removed (females) and for one week (males). Running free outside
poses too much chance that healing will not occur properly and incisions may
break down creating a hernia. Ill or injured cats may find a secluded spot to
hide in, away from their unaware owners. Although it may not always be
possible, we encourage that all cats be confined indoors.
How do I schedule an appointment and are there any
Spaying and/or neutering are performed Monday through Friday
by appointment only. Your cat or kitten
will be admitted the morning of the surgery between 7:45 and 10:30am. If it is more convenient, you could bring
him/her the night before.
We require that your cat or kitten be current on its
vaccinations and that it has been blood tested for feline leukemia. Also, we require pre-operative blood
screening. This health screen includes
BUN (kidney test), ALT (liver test), PCV/PP (to check for dehydration or
anemia) and urine analysis with culture.