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What to Expect When Getting Your Cat Fixed

If your Greenfield cat has not been spayed or neutered, we strongly recommend that you get this done as quickly as possible, for several reasons. Having your furball fixed will ensure that your feline friend doesn’t contribute to cat overpopulation. Shelters are overflowing with kitties in desperate need of forever homes, and the population of homeless stray and feral cats just keeps growing. Aside from this, there are several other benefits of getting your furry friend neutered. Cats that have been fixed tend to be healthier overall, and often live longer. Spayed or neutered cats are also generally calmer, less likely to run away, and less inclined to aggressive or territorial behaviors, such as spraying. Then there’s the yowling cats do when they are in heat. The ‘caterwauling’ may sound enticing to other kitties, but to human ears … not so much.

Your vet will give you complete and detailed instructions on what to expect after your furball’s surgery, but here are a few basics:

Pre-Surgery

Your vet may recommend that your cat be fasted for up to 12 hours before surgery. We suggest running your cat’s bed through the wash the night before, so your kitty has a soft, clean bed ready for her when you bring her home. If you have multiple animals, you can also set aside a specific room for your cat, and bring her food, toys, bed, and litter box there for a few days, so she can recover in peace.

The Operation

The procedure will generally take between five minutes and a half hour to complete. This may vary depending on your cat’s age, sex, and health. You should be able to pick your cat up within a few hours of surgery.

Recovery

Your kitty will most likely be sleepy when you bring her home, so don’t be surprised if Fluffy goes straight to bed when you bring her home. Your vet may also recommend an Elizabethan collar to keep your kitty from tearing or biting at her stitches, so she may resemble a furry lamp with a tail when you pick her up. Overall, cats generally bounce back fairly quickly from surgery. Within a day or two of surgery, your feline friend should be acting normal.

Make sure to monitor your furry pal very closely for the first week after surgery. Generally, these procedures run very smoothly, but your furball will still need some extra care and attention while she recuperates. If your cat shows any sign of illness, such as fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, contact your Greenfield vet immediately.

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