Spaying your cat
If you do not want a litter from your cat, we recommend having your cat spayed.
In the case of females, we usually talk about spaying or sterilisation. Actually, this is incorrect, because we technically castrate them. In a spay, the fallopian tubes are only tied off. In castration, you remove them entirely. However, veterinarians use the term spaying or sterilisation to avoid confusion with male cats.
When can your cat be spayed?
We recommend having your cat spayed between four and six months of age. Studies have shown that cats at this age recover faster and are less affected by the procedure. Your cat is immediately infertile after spaying.
What are the advantages of spaying?
Having your cat spayed has several advantages. Spaying not only prevents unwanted pregnancy, but the risk of tumors in the mammary glands (also known as mammary tumors) is significantly reduced with early spaying. Mammary tumors are almost always malignant in cats. In addition, your cat is no longer likely to develop a uterine infection after spaying.
What are the disadvantages of spaying?
The disadvantage of spaying is that the cat’s weight may increase more quickly due to a change in the metabolism. This can be prevented by adjusting the cat’s diet. We can provide you at any time with nutrinional advice.
How does spaying work?
Your cat must come fasted to the appointment. This means that she must not eat for 12 hours prior to the treatment. Animals can vomit from the anesthaesia and if they have eaten, food can get stuck in their throats. You may always give your cat water though.
Before we begin any surgery, our patient will be fully examined. During surgery, we monitor your cat closely. We use respirators, gas anesthaesia and monitoring equipment with which we measure heart rhythm, blood oxygen and CO2 levels as standard. If necessary, we support your pet with infusion therapy. We do everything to make sure that the surgery is as safe as possible.
After surgery, your cat will be placed in a comfortable and warm place. The recovery area is adjacent to the operating room so we can keep a constant eye on your cat as it wakes up. Meanwhile, the veterinarian will give you a call to tell you how the treatment went.
Aftercare after spaying
When your cat is fully awake, you will receive a phone call from one of our nurses to agree on when to pick her up. You will be given an information letter about aftercare at home.
Prior to surgery we will discuss with you the optimal precaution and after surgery we will inform you about the optimal aftercare. Both will also be given to you in the form of a letter to take home. We will book an appointment for the wound check-up, usually 7 to 10 days after surgery. This check-up is free of charge.
What is the cost of spaying your cat?
If you would like to know more about the cost of spaying your cat, please check our prices here. You can also call, Whatsapp or email our clinic for a price estimate.
If you are thinking about having your cat spayed, feel free to stop by for advice or contact us.