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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Kay    Wilmington, DE

7/25/2012 6:47:31 PM

Good article definitely. I hate seeing kitties without homes and them just running around. And it Does help decrease overpopulation. Too bad we couldn't do that to half the human population. Over population is a major problem even in humans.

Heather    San Antonio, TX

11/8/2011 12:03:42 AM

This article was very informational and puts me at ease with the decision to spay our kitty girl.

Carmen    Fullerton, CA

8/24/2011 2:57:48 PM

If only all pet owners realized the importance of getting their pets neutered/spayed. It is spool important to reduce overpolulation! I recently rescued two abandoned kittens and can't wait till their old enough to be fixed :)

L    Gilbert, AZ

4/9/2010 4:48:26 PM

it is so important to get our cats FIXED! We had two spayed a week ago and one neuter this week. Each was fine that day or the next, eating, sleeping and playing like nothing happened! There is a "Tom", roaming the neighborhood. Wish others would be so conscious of over population.

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