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What is the procedure?

‘Spaying’ is also known as an ovariohysterectomy. This literally means removal of (‘ectomy’) the ovaries and uterus (‘ovariohyster’). This stops the cat from having heat cycles and reproducing.

Should I get my cat spayed?

Unfortunately, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to spaying and ongoing research means advice is constantly evolving. It is a decision that should be based on the benefits and risks of the procedure and your aims as an owner. If you are at all unsure, then don’t hesitate to discuss the decision with us at Orchard Vets.

So, what are the proven benefits?

  • Protection against unwanted pregnancies and population control.
  • Eradicates oestrus behaviour and associated calling.
  • Eliminates the risk of uterine or ovarian cancer.
  • Eliminates the risk of developing pyometra (pus in the uterus). This is an uncommon but entirely preventable condition.
  • Reduces the risk of malignant mammary cancer if spayed before 2 years old.
  • Reduces the risk of painful mammary hyperplasia

When should I get her spayed?

Any age from 16 weeks old.

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.

  • Slippage of ligatures and bleeding. This can be a serious complication that occurs during or after the surgery and may require surgical intervention.
  • Haematoma, abscess or seroma. Accumulations of blood or fluid below the incision may occur and will generally resolve without intervention. More rarely, pus may accumulate and requires antibiotics. This is very rare due to careful aseptic technique.
  • Infection and wound breakdown. Stopping her from licking her incision is important in preventing the incision from becoming infected and opening up.
  • Anaesethetic risk. Multiple measures are taken to reduce this risk and your pet will be closely monitored at all times. Generally, cats are spayed young and therefore anaesthetic complications are uncommon.
  • Mild gastro-intestinal upset post surgery that is usually self-limiting.
  • Weight gain post surgery if her diet is not adjusted appropriately.
  • Though exceptionally rare, damage to the urinary tract or bowel are recognised possible complications.

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