Cat Neutering and Spaying
Spaying and neutering your pet is an important step towards preventing undesirable behaviours, disease prevention, and pet overpopulation. Each year thousands of cats are euthanized at shelters across Canada due to an insufficient number of homes.
What is spaying or neutering?
Spaying and neutering refers to the surgical removal of the testicles for males (neutering/castration) and the ovaries and uterus for females (spaying/ovariohysterectomy) under a general anesthetic. Your cat receives the best care during their surgical visit at our hospital which will include effective, state of the art pain management and lots of snuggles. We will be more than happy to discuss this important procedure with you and give you a tour of our surgical suite with top of the line equipment, and recovery areas to assure you that your kitty will receive the best medical care.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
Your veterinarian will discuss with you the best time for your cat to be spayed or neutered. Our veterinarians suggest doing it by 6 months of age.
What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?
Prior to surgery day, your cat will need to be up to date on their core vaccination (FVRCP). The day of your kitty’s surgery, you will be scheduled to arrive in the morning and will return for the discharge appointment late afternoon or evening the same day as the surgery. If you would like to bring a blanket or toy from home to smell of home, feel free to do so. We have blankets here for them but if they have a special one, we will be more than happy to include that in their kennel. After being admitted into the hospital, we obtain a weight and record vital signs and do a preliminary examination. Kitty will be set up in a hospital kennel with bedding and a litter box. No food or water is given until they are in recovery. Pre-anesthetic blood work being done will be completed before the surgery begins. Fluids are administered for the surgery as well. Premedication is given with pre-operative pain control. The surgery takes place under general anesthesia in our surgical suite. A veterinary Technician monitors anesthesia while the veterinarian performs the surgery. Temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and blood pressure are monitored. After the surgery is completed, kitty will be moved to recovery and is monitored for the rest of the day. Once kitty is moving around and alert, food and water are given. Home care instructions are written, and home pain medication is prepared and once adequate snuggles have occurred through the day, kitty is ready to go home!