Spaying is basically the surgical removal of both the ovaries and uterus of a female cat. This is a routine surgical operation performed under general anaesthesia, the cat is admitted in the morning and is normally able to go home later the same day.
Usually the procedure is performed through a small incision on the cat’s left side, however it may be performed on the cat’s stomach in certain circumstances. Sometimes the owners of pedigree or show cats ask to have the procedure performed on the stomach as there is a chance that the hair that is shaved for the operation may grow in a slightly different colour.
This may look a little strange, and it is perfectly normal but would not be ideal in the show ring. This procedure is referred to as a “midline” spay, there is a small additional charge for this as it takes us a little bit longer to perform and requires a few more materials.
We recommend female cats are spayed at 5-6 months of age. If your cat has recently had kittens she can be spayed as soon as the kittens are weaned.
The main advantage of spaying are preventing unwanted pregnancies, preventing infection of the uterus (pyometra) and preventing ovarian or uterus cancer and reducing the likelihood of mammary cancer. It also saves the inconvenience of having to confine your cat inside when she is in season and avoiding the wailing that goes on at the same time!
It is possible your cat will put on a little weight after spaying. Without the urge to go seeking a tomcat, every few weeks she will be a bit less active. Please take advantage of our free nurse clinics to discuss the best way to set a sensible diet plan.
For further information on spaying or to book an appointment please get in touch with our team.