Cat neutering is a routine procedure performed on a daily basis here at Knutsford Veterinary Surgery. Despite this we understand that for you as an owner, this can be a worrying time. Castration (males) is usually performed at 4-6 months old and has the benefits of preventing unwanted mating, reducing urine spraying, fighting and wandering behaviour. Spaying (females) can also be performed at 4-6 months old and has the benefits of preventing unwanted pregnancies, stopping calling behaviours, removing risk of ovarian or uterine tumours as well as uterine infections.

Before the operation – cat neutering in Knutsford

We normally invite you for a pre-operative health check, where one of our vets can perform a full health check and discuss the procedure with you as well as answer any questions you have. After this a date for surgery is made, your pet will need to be starved of food the night before, from 10pm, but should be allowed access to water until the morning of the operation. After your pet is admitted by the nurses or a vet they will be taken to the ward and settled in.

Even the most routine operation for your pet can be stressful as an owner and cat neutering is no different. Our skilled team of vets and nurses will put your mind at ease during your animals visit.

We offer pre-anaesthetic blood testing to all of our patients prior to a sedation or anaesthetic, the aim of these tests are to assess in particular kidney and liver function which allows us to increase the safety of any procedure by altering the drugs used or placing a patient on a drip (intra-venous fluid therapy) to support the body. If you have elected for this option a small patch of hair will be shaved under the neck to obtain a blood sample, this will be tested before any medications are given to your pet.

The next step is pre-medication, this means giving your pet an injection (in a muscle) containing a sedation and pain relief deemed appropriate for your pet and the procedure bring performed. Once this has been given your pet is settled back into their cage for it to take effect. Your pet is then anaesthetised and intubated (tube placed into wind pipe) to allow us to provide oxygen and anaesthetic gas to keep your pet anaesthetised. Once asleep, hair is shaved from the surgical site and the skin is scrubbed with an antibacterial solution.

The procedure

Once in theatre your vet will perform the spay or castration procedure, for males this takes approximately 5 minutes and for females 20-30 minutes.  In males, both testicles are removed through an incision made over the scrotum, the skin is not sutured closed to allow drainage post operatively. In females abdominal surgery is performed from one side to remove both ovaries and the uterus up to the cervix. The abdominal wall is sutured closed and the skin is stitched using a dissolvable suture material and in most patients the sutures are buried in the skin and will not need to be removed. Your pet is then given another injection of a longer acting pain relief and allowed to wake up from the anaesthetic.

Post-surgery care from Knutsford Vets

Your pet is recovered in the ward being kept warm and comfortable, once awake enough they are offered water and then later a light meal of recovery food. Our team will give you a ring when they are awake from their anaesthetic and will arrange a suitable time for them to go home.

At home it is really important your pet is kept warm. You will be given pain relief to administer to your pet at home to keep them comfortable whilst they recover, the nurses always go through this medication with you when you take your pet home. It is routine for a nurse to call you 24 hours post-surgery to find out how your pet is getting on and to answer any questions you might have about their recovery. Post-operative checks are usually performed 3 and 10 days after surgery. Knutsford Vets also performing dog neutering services.