What is Neutering?
To Neuter or Spay your Cat is an operation that removes the cats sexual organs primarily to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Spaying is the term used for females cats and neutering is more commonly used to describe the male operation, although it is also used to refer to both sexes. Females have their uterus and ovaries removed through an incision into the abdomen. Neutering is less invasive as it’s an external operation to remove the male cats testes. Both operations require a general anaesthetic, and we will admit your pet to the hospital for a half day. We monitor the kittens for a few hours post operation to keep an eye on recovery. Generally only the female will require sutures, which are removed after 10 days. We usually recommend that kittens are spayed/neutered at 22 weeks.
Why is it recommended?
The main reason you would have your pet neutered is to prevent unwanted pregnancy and adding to an already overpopulated feline community. We recommend neutering at 22 weeks as this will prevent your kitten having their first heat, and this greatly reduces the risk of ovarian cancer as the hormone levels will be reduced. Your cats risk of mammary cancer is also reduced. Unneutered cats spread disease through mating such as Feline Leukaemia and FIV. Hormones in an intact male can encourage them to fight over territory and females. Neutering reduces these hormones and males are less interested in fighting for dominance, they are also more like to spray their urine to mark their territory when they are intact. Both sexes are likely to roam more if not neutered. By having your Cat neutered you are protecting them and increasing their lifespan too.
What happens on the day?
On the morning of the operation you drop in your kitten to the hospital at 7.30am, we will have told you via a pre-op email about the time and advised to take the food away at bedtime 9/10pm, your kitten may have water through the night. It is also advised to keep the kitten indoors all night, leaving a litter tray inside, if your kitten is used to going outdoors to do their toilet. The receptionist will get you to read and sign a consent form at the desk before we take your kitten through to be sedated. Once your Cat is under General anaesthetic we clip/shave the area on the abdomen (female) & around the testicles on males. The nurse scrubs the area before the vet performs the operation. Afterwards we let the kitten come around in a kennel on a warm bed. We monitor them afterwards for a number of hours and call you to let you know that your pet is in recovery and advise a time for collection. When they are awake we may offer a small feed of easily digestible recovery food which we will send home with you. A nurse will talk you through a discharge of instructions at collection, and make a follow up appointment for suture removal in the case of females. Some cats will require a buster collar to prevent licking and biting sutures.
Post Neutering Recommendations
We recommend that the kittens are kept indoors until fully recovered, for males 2-3 days until the wound has closed, and 10 days for females until sutures are removed. It is quite common for cats to gain weight post-neutering. So we recommend that you change your kitten to a young adult food such as Hills Young Adult as this is tailored for neutered cats.