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Ideally your cat should be spayed or neutered at 51/2 to 6 months old. At this age, the procedure is quicker and easier, and any unwanted behaviours or heat periods have not started yet.
Hopefully this will be the only surgical procedure your cat will need. At the Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital located in Surrey, BC we strive to make the experience of spaying or neutering your cat as comfortable and stress free as possible. We are dedicated to providing personalized service and delivering quality surgical care for cat.
For ease of identification of your pet, we insert microchips for cats as well as the option of placing identifying tattoos.
Why is Spaying and Neutering Important?
The primary purpose of these surgical procedures is to help control cat overpopulation, reduce unwanted urinary spraying behaviours and lower the risk of illnesses to ensure your cat lives a long and healthy life.
Spaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female cats to make them incapable of reproduction. This process is also known as an ovariohysterectomy. To neuter a cat refers to removal of the reproductive organs of a male cat, meaning the surgical removal of the male cat’s testicles.
These two procedures rarely have any serious complications, especially if the cat is in healthy body condition. It is for this reason our cat veterinarian takes the important precaution of carrying out a complete pre-operative examination of your cat.
Will it Hurt my Pet?
Our registered veterinarians perform cat spays and neuters using sedatives, anesthetics, pain medications and monitoring devices. Your cat’s vital signs are continually assessed throughout the surgery by our registered animal health technologists. We want your furry family member wakes up comfortably and pain free.
After the surgery, our veterinarian will give specific instructions on how to care for your cat and assist him in recovery including instructions on how to give his postoperative pain medication.
Usually, cats are back to normal and their usual routines in a very few days. The surgery site is very small – usually about an inch incision and takes about 10 days to heal. It’s important to return with your cat to the hospital for a follow-up examination to ensure normal healing is taking place. This follow up examination for your cat is included in the initial surgery fee.
A Microchip for Cats is a Welcome New Safety Measure
Microchips are often implanted at the time the spay or neuter takes place because it is a convenient time, although the process doesn’t require anesthetic. The invention of the chip, which is the size of a rice grain and is inserted just under the skin, has been very welcome to pet owners. Lost pets are easily identified and owners notified when the microchip is scanned, which can be done in any shelter, pound, or animal hospital where wandering or injured pets are taken.
The process for implanting a chip is quick and no more uncomfortable than having a vaccination injection. Our vet or animal health technologist will scan the cat to make sure he doesn’t already have a chip and, if not, one is implanted with a syringe much like giving a vaccine. The unique ID number will be recorded on an enrollment form, which is completed with the owner contact information and the cat’s name and description.
Tattooing is another option we can provide for identifying your cat and it must be done at the time of spaying or neutering your cat since it requires anesthesia.
Spaying and Neutering Provides Many Benefits
Spaying and neutering your cat provides valuable benefits for both the pet and the pet owner.
Visit or call our hospital today to learn more about these procedures and/or schedule an appointment for your cat’s spay or neuter Call us at (604) 591-5304.
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