Getting Your Cat Desexed

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Getting Your Cat Desexed

Desexing is a procedure that involves removing the reproductive organs of a cat to prevent them from reproducing. Whether you have a male or female cat, desexing is essential for their health, wellbeing, and behaviour in the long run, and is advised for any cat that won’t be involved in breeding.

Before you have your cat desexed, it’s important that you understand how the procedure works, when is best to have your cat desexed, and how to care for them before and after their operation.

Why would your cat need this procedure?

Aside from preventing unwanted pregnancies, desexing your cat comes with many other benefits, including reducing the risk of certain cancers and eliminating the risk of uterine infections. Behaviours such as spraying, roaming, and fighting are also more common in unneutered cats, so desexing can help minimise these issues. Additionally, desexing your cat can reduce the number of homeless cats in the community as it prevents further breeding.

How the desexing procedure works

The desexing procedure involves removing the cat’s reproductive organs, such as the ovaries, uterus, and testicles, and is usually performed under general anaesthesia. The surgery itself typically takes around 20-30 minutes, and most cats can go home the same day.

At what age should you desex a kitten?

Kittens can be desexed as early as eight weeks old, and most vets recommend doing so before they reach puberty, at around four months old, to prevent any unwanted pregnancies. It can also be done at an older age, however. It's important to discuss the best timing for your cat's desexing with your vet, as it can vary depending on factors such as breed and overall health.

Caring for your cat

Knowing how to care for your cat leading up to the surgery and while they recover is crucial to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

In the lead-up to the procedure

In the lead-up to the procedure, it's important to follow your vet's instructions regarding food and water intake. They’ll likely recommend that you withhold food for a certain period before the surgery to prevent complications. You’ll also need to ensure that your cat has a safe, quiet space to recover in. Choose a room or area in your home that is free of activity and is quiet, such as a guest room or spare bathroom. Be sure to provide your cat with a comfortable bed to rest in, as well as access to food, water, and a litter box.

During their desexing recovery

As with any medical procedure, there is an {aftercare period} to consider. During their recovery, you'll need to limit your cat’s physical activity and keep them indoors to prevent them from injuring themselves. They may experience some discomfort during this time, which your vet might prescribe pain medication for. If you notice any adverse reactions to the medication, or if your cat’s pain seems to be worsening, contact your vet immediately.

When to consult your vet

It's always best to consult your vet if you have any questions or concerns about desexing your cat. They will be able to provide information on preparation, surgery, and post-operative care, as well as answer any questions you may have. If you notice any unusual behaviours or symptoms during your cat's recovery, such as lethargy, vomiting, or bleeding, contact your vet immediately.

If you're considering getting your cat desexed, it's important to understand what the procedure entails and how to care for your cat after their surgery. By providing proper care and monitoring during their recovery, you can ensure that your cat stays healthy and happy. For more tips and advice on your cat’s health, check out our pet care blog.

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