Cat De-sexing: Spaying & Neutering
Should I de-sex my cat?
It is highly recommended your cat is de-sexed as it can prevent or help manage various health and behavioural issues, including wandering and fighting.
De-sexing may not change the personality of your cat however it can help to reduce the onset of undesirable traits due to increased hormone levels.
What age should I de-sex my cat?
Your cat is never too old to be de-sexed, however the recommended minimum age is five months, as this is when your female cat may have her first season. Cats usually form behavioural traits and habits, like spraying, around six months of age, which can also be prevented by de-sexing.
What is the difference between spaying and neutering?
- Spaying – removal of your female cat’s ovaries and uterus
- Neutering – removal of your male cat’s testicles
How much does de-sexing a cat cost?
The cost of de-sexing your cat may depend on whether they are male or female. Call your local PETstock VET practice for more information about cat de-sexing.
It’s important to remember that de-sexing involves internal surgery, and requires care and attention for some time after the procedure.
Unfortunately, cats do not always understand that they must rest so you’ll need to assist with their recovery.
When you collect your cat from the vet clinic, they may be a little drowsy for the next 12-24 hours and a bit out of sorts for a few days – quite normal following an anaesthetic and surgery. Keep your cat in a quiet, warm place and provide only small, frequent amounts to eat and drink. A cat igloo is a great bedding option for cats as it allows them to hide away from the rest of the household.
Caring for your cat after they’re de-sexed
Most cats start to feel much better within a few days. Unfortunately, this has some disadvantages in that your pet may start jumping, running around and generally trying to do everything they can to upset their stitches! Try to keep your cat as quiet as possible for the next 10 days and keep them indoors.
Problems resulting from de-sexing
Generally, there are very few complications after a de-sexing procedure. However, there are some signs to watch for:
- Is your cat dull and listless (especially after the first 24 hours)?
- Does your cat display redness or irritation?
- Is there swelling or lumpiness?
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