Cat sterilization has become another element in the basic care of your health. Cats usually reach sexual maturity at 5-8 months and that is when they can reproduce and have new litters. They may also appear dependent behaviour of sex hormones such as urine marking or any kind of aggression. Our center works in partnership sterilization campaigns and protective associations and we are aware of the great feline overpopulation problem on the streets of our towns and cities. Spaying your pet is not only a benefit for you (reduces or eliminates the risk of some diseases) but for society as well avoid further increase the population and reduce the risk of transmission of disease as serious but common feline leukemia virus feline immunodeficiency virus.
We made a list of frequently asked questions gathered over the years. We hope you find it useful.
What is the surgery?
In the case of males orchiectomy is performed, so the testes are removed. In females, the ovaries are removed and the matrix (ovariohysterectomy). In neither of them apply external points so that the recovery is quicker and does not require using buster.
How long will the pet in the hospital?
Generally, if successful, the animal is discharged the same day (approximately 8-12 hours after surgery).
What should I do at home and what is not normal?
At the time of discharge, be sure whether need to take medication. We usually apply an antibiotic injection that lasts 10 days and, in the case of cats, we needed analgesia at home.
When at home you should inspect the surgical scar once daily. If drainage is observed, opening of the scar or inflammation of this, you have to contact us. Similarly, if the animal refuses to eat or drink, vomiting or other symptoms of illness see should inform the vet.
When I can operate it?
Traditionally they generally operate around 4-6 months old and always recommend doing before the year.
Is in heat, I can operate?
The heat causes a size increase of tissue and blood vessels which slightly increases the difficulty of the surgery. In summary, it can be done but it is recommended that the animal is in season if we want to reduce surgical risk.
Is pregnant, I can operate?
Operating a pregnant cat implies an added risk for physical and physiological changes in the female as well as by the increase in uterine tissue and blood vessels. Pet it asked the owner to be aware of these risks before proceeding with surgery.
Will it affect its personality?
Once operated, are eliminated or greatly reduce all those behaviours that depend on sex hormones make a house with urine, seek females, certain types of aggression, etc.. So yes, change parts of their behaviour but in general, your cat will be forever.
After it has kittens, when I can sterilize?
Because the increase in mammary tissue can hinder surgery ideally we normally recommend wait a month. Be watchful but during the wait can get pregnant again.
Do they gain weight after?
Sex hormones are related to the metabolism so that it drops after castration. Add to that some animals are increased hunger. That’s why we usually advise a change of diet. Do not hesitate to ask.
Can it go back in heat once operated?
Without ovaries, should not be cycled. Anecdotally, a microscopic ovarian remnant remains in the stomach and, with time, can be activated. If you notice any strange behaviour, please consult your veterinarian.
Is it true that it should live to become pregnant at least once in their life?
There is no reason or benefit to justify the animal has to be a coup brewing. Also the males, “go for female cats” makes no benefit. Furthermore, they probably get a scratch or bite another male.