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What is the procedure?
Castration is surgical removal of the testicles. This will then prevent the cat from reproducing.
Should I get my cat castrated?
Unfortunately, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to castration and ongoing research means advice is constantly evolving. It is a decision that must 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?
Are there any other potential benefits?
When should I castrate?
Cat castration is generally recommended at any age from 16 weeks onwards. Castration is specifically recommended in the treatment of cryptorchidism. This is where one or both testicles do not fully descend into the scrotum and one or both remain within the inguinal ring (groin) or abdomen. Undescended testicles are at an increased risk of becoming cancerous, and at an earlier age.
What are the potential complications and risks of the procedure?
Castration 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. Since it is a very simple and quick procedure with rare complications, no check up is necessary unless you have any concerns.