Spay Surgery Start to Finish

Everything you wanted to know about spaying your cat and more.

By Stacy Hackett

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When can my cat resume normal activity?

      Most cats recover rapidly
      Some cats will eat the same day as surgery
      Most will be eating normally within two days
      Older animals may be a bit sore or lethargic for a few days
      Most cats are back to normal within three days

What should I look for at home?

  • Abnormal swelling of the incision area; some swelling is normal
  • Bloody or thick discharge from the incision
  • Any foul odors from the incision area
  • Extreme discoloration of the area; some pink is normal dark red or purple are not normal
  • Contact your veterinarian if your cat opens the incision
  • Contact your veterinarian if you see any of these conditions or if your cat does not seem to be recovering

Are there any risks associated with spay surgery?

  • Your vet takes many steps to eliminate risks during surgery
  • The vet will most likely perform blood tests before surgery to identify or rule out underlying health problems

       During anesthesia, your cats heart rate and breathing will be
          monitored closely
       The surgery takes place in a sterile environment to eliminate risks 
         of infection

What are the benefits of a spay surgery?

  • Helps prevent pet overpopulation
  • Greatly decreases your cats chance of developing mammary cancer
  • Eliminates your cats chance of developing ovarian or uterine diseases
  • Greatly decreases occurrence of behaviors related to reproductive hormones (such as spraying, howling and trying to escape)

The pros of spaying your cat far outnumber the cons. Ready to schedule your kittens surgery? Talk to your veterinarian today, or find a spay/neuter clinic near you.

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Cynthia    Carlsbad, NM

2/17/2009 3:52:04 PM

I spayed my nine month old cat plus had her shots done in December of 2008. I really am glad that I had it done.
She has been very healthy and very playful.
She seems like she has more energy and has no desire to go outside anymore.
I think spaying her, was the best thing I have ever done. Besides giving her a good home.

Kathryn    Kingston, PA

2/14/2009 5:37:20 AM

I truely believe in keeping the population of cats at a happy medium
I have rescued 4 in my neighberhood and one of them just had 2 kittens.
I have been lucky to find homes for 3 of them - now I have to find homes for the mom and her babies - I don't want to put them out on the street or give them to the SPCA

mary    atlanta, GA

4/20/2008 8:14:00 PM

great article. Is it true that cats should not use clay litter after being spayed? If so how long until they can?

Kathy    Morehead City, NC

3/24/2008 7:21:16 AM

Excellent article!

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