Spayed or neutered cats often live longer and healthier lives. The procedure reduces the chance of getting highly fatal diseases like uterine infections, breast cancer, and testicular cancer. This is mainly the reason why, aside from deterring unwanted pregnancies, spaying and neutering is a procedure undergone by many domestic cats.

Spaying and neutering are also proven to alter cat behavior. Cats are less likely to leave home. Mating behavior is also lessened, if not totally eradicated. This is important because the mating urge of cats often put them in danger like when they become aggressive towards other male cats.

It is also a better and effective way to control the feline population and, consequently, reduce the number of euthanasia for cats in shelters. Hence, governments often have spaying and neutering programs.

With its many benefits, spaying and neutering is still an invasive surgery. This means that there are risks including death. Ensure that you are having the procedure at a reputable veterinary clinic.  Explore your options and examine if your cat is in the right shape for the procedure with a veterinarian.

Here are important things to remember in caring for a cat after spaying or neutering:

Spaying or neutering care starts even before the surgery begins.  There are actually a few important steps that must be taken to ensure the safety of the procedure. This is what we call preoperative and postoperative care.

A safe and secure enclosure during transport is necessary. Appropriate temperature, air conditioning, and ventilation must always be considered in transporting animals. Lastly, consistently monitor the cat during transportation to ensure that they are okay.

It was stipulated in the published Article, “Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay and Neuter Programs” by the journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association that food should be withheld prior to surgery.  However, water is not to be withheld. The time frame would vary with each cat and with each age group so consult your veterinarian to get the appropriate time frame.

If after the surgery, the veterinarian suggests that the cat stay confined at the clinic, follow the advice. The reason for this is that there are cats that need monitoring to make sure that everything goes well. Cats also get high on the anesthesia and might do things that damage their wounds.

Vigorous activity is discouraged while the cat is healing to avoid damage to the suture or wound. If they are especially active, try to put them in a crate. It is also a good idea to put them in a room that is isolated from other cats.

Do not let cats lick their wound. They might be tempted to lick or mind their wounds. For instances like this, an Elizabethan collar may be employed to prevent them from reversing a healing surgical wound.  

Don’t bathe your pet for ten days after the surgery. This is to keep the wound clean and dry while it is healing.  If a doctor instructs you to apply topical medication, follow the prescription religiously. If the wound gets dirty, try to clean it with a saline solution or whatever the veterinarian advised you to use. It is important to regularly check on the wound to see if there is any unusual bruising or infection.  Your vet will describe to you what’s normal and what is a cause of concern. If you see anything that’s out of the normal, make sure to bring your pet to the veterinary right away.

If you are given a medical prescription for the cat, usually in the form of tablets or syrup, religiously follow the dose and the schedule of medication.

After the wound has completely healed, schedule a check-up to make sure that everything is how they are supposed to be and that there are no medical problems that an untrained eye would miss.

Having your cat spayed or neutered is a major step for your pet. It is good for them and their health in the long term. For a short while, however, it might be uncomfortable for them. It is then your job, as the owner to be more supportive of your cat during this time.

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