There are many benefits to neutering your cat or kitten. For one, Neutering eliminates many undesirable behaviors such as urine marking indoors and roaming. As well, neutering is part of responsible ownership: millions of unwanted cats and kittens end up in shelters every year, and many are euthanized.
When should my cat be neutered?
We recommend that cats and kittens be neutered at five and a half months of age, before any objectionable behaviors develop.
We look forward to caring for you and your feline friend throughout this important procedure. We hope that the following information will help you to understand a little more about our hospital, and our commitment to your kitten or cat’s care.
Contact us now if you have further questions, or would like to make an appointment at 416-469-1121, ext. 6 or [email protected]
Before the Procedure
Initial Consultation & Physical Exam
Prior to any surgery, we need to establish that your cat or kitten is healthy and a good candidate for surgery. If we have not seen your pet in the last three months, or if your pet is new to Blue Cross Animal Hospital, you will need to have an initial visit with one of our veterinarians. During this visit we will thoroughly examine your kitten or cat, as well as consult with you and answer any questions you may have regarding the surgery itself, or caring for your cat before or after the procedure.
The physical exam is required for the same reasons that a medical doctor would be required to see a human patient before a surgical procedure. We need to be sure your cat or kitten is healthy and has no medical conditions that could complicate the anesthetic or the surgery.
If you are already a client of Blue Cross Animal Hospital and we have seen your cat or kitten within the last three months, no additional physical exam is required.
We also strongly recommend that all kittens and cats going under anesthetic have a blood panel done to assess liver and kidney function, as these organs need to be functioning properly to process the anesthetic. These blood tests are required if your cat is over seven years of age.
For your cat’s safety as well as for the safety of the staff and other cats and kittens in the hospital, we require that your cat be fully vaccinated prior to the surgery. If your cat has been to another veterinarian in the past we will request that the records from that clinic be faxed or emailed to us prior to your initial exam. By having this record, we can ensure that your kitten or cat’s vaccines are up to date. As well, our veterinarians can review your cat’s full medical history.
Once your cat receives a clean bill of health, we can book the surgery.
Your Cat’s Neuter: What to Expect
The Night Before
- Please make sure your kitten or cat has no access to food after 9 PM on the evening prior to surgery. He may have water overnight but please pick it up in the morning. NO BREAKFAST is to be fed to your cat the morning of the surgery.
The Morning of the Procedure
- Cats and kittens coming for surgery arrive in the morning between 8 and 9 AM on the day of the scheduled surgery.
- On arrival your cat or kitten will be admitted by one of our technicians, who will check over your pet, and answer any questions you may have. You will be asked to sign permission forms, and your cat will be admitted into the hospital. From this moment on, our goal is to make your pet as comfortable as possible.
- Our Patient Care Team will set your cat up in his own quiet, warm kennel to relax in before surgery and wake up in afterwards. Your cat’s kennel will have comfortable blankets and a litter box. These individual spaces are in our separate cat ward away from the dogs.
- In a little while a technician will examine your pet once more and then administer a sedative injection which will calm your cat or kitten and make him sleepy. This injection also includes pain control medication.
- An injection of anesthetic is then administered intravenously.
During the Procedure
- An inhaled anesthetic is administered to keep your cat asleep during the neuter procedure.
- During surgery your cat or kitten lies on a warm water blanket to keep them warm.
- Throughout the surgery, a trained veterinary technician constantly monitors your kitten or cat’s vital signs, including heart rate, breathing, temperature, blood pressure, and oxygenation to ensure he is responding ideally to the anesthesia.
- Your cat receives subcutaneous fluids during and after the surgery to assist in processing the anesthetic.
- If you choose, an identity microchip will be implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades while your cat is still anesthetized. It’s a good idea to do this while your cat or kitten is under anesthetic, to eliminate the discomfort of the needle.
- A second pain control injection is given just prior to recovery to be sure your cat is comfortable.
Recovery & Aftercare
- During your cat’s recovery period he is attended to by his technician and our Patient Care Team.
- Your kitten or cat is kept warm and secure in snuggly blankets and heating devices and cuddled until he is awake.
- After he awakens, your cat is returned to his kennel, still snuggled in warm blankets and is watched until his awareness and sense of balance have returned.
- A technician will call you when the procedure is finished and your cat has recovered.
- Your kitten or cat can go home the same night. Our technicians continue to monitor your cat’s vital signs and comfort throughout the afternoon and evening. When you come to get your pet either a technician or a doctor will review the post operative instructions, which are also printed on your invoice when you leave so you can refer to them at anytime.
- We will also follow up with a phone call a day or two after the procedure to be sure you do not have any further questions and to make sure your cat is recovering well. Of course, if you have any concerns or -questions prior to our call, please call us at 416-469-1121, or email us at [email protected].