What is the procedure?
‘Spaying’ is also known as an ovariohysterectomy. This means removal of the ovaries and uterus. This stops the cat from having heat cycles and reproducing.
Should I get my cat spayed?
Cats reach sexual maturity at a young age, and are capable of producing several litters of kittens per year. Many cats in the UK are able to roam freely outdoors and there is no practical way to prevent unwanted pregnancy in this situation. For this reason, unless you specifically plan to breed from a health tested queen by a carefully selected, health tested sire, we generally advise that all female cats should be spayed as part of routine preventative health care, before being allowed outdoor access.
So, what are the proven benefits?
When should I get her spayed?
Current recommendations are that female cats are neutered before reaching sexual maturity, at 16 weeks of age.
What are the potential complications and risks of the procedure?
Spaying is one of the most common operations performed in veterinary practice. Providing the cat is in good health and aftercare protocols are followed, serious complications are rare. However, despite being a routine surgery, minor to major complications can occur and it is important that you are aware of them.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Your cat will go home the same day as the surgery. She will be given a buster collar to prevent her from licking her incision.
We will see her for a check up 3 and 10 days post surgery to make sure she has recovered from the anaesthesia and that there are no complications that need addressing