Castration in cats: Procedure, pre- and aftercare

If you do not want to breed with your cat or tomcat, it is advisable to have your pet neutered. In this way you can reliably avoid unwanted offspring. Your cat will also no longer be in heat and your male will no longer be so easily involved in territorial fights.

As a rule, castration is regarded as a routine intervention – but it is good to know what the precaution looks like and what the OP expires. With the right aftercare, your house tiger will also recover quickly from the operation.

Provision for your cat before the OP

Your pet should not eat for about 9 hours before castration. Your cat or tomcat will be anaesthetised for the operation and if food is still in the digestive tract, complications may occur. The animal could vomit and in the worst case suffocate.

The vet will perform a health check before the procedure to see if your cat can tolerate anaesthesia. If all the organs are functional and the animal is healthy, there is normally nothing wrong with it.

Besides, the animals are given OP a special eye ointment so that the eyes do not dry out during anaesthesia. Your cat is then connected to the anaesthesia monitoring devices and the vet can operate.

This is how castration is done in a female cat

The procedure of an operation differs depending on whether you have a tomcat or a cat neutered. When castrating a female cat, the ovaries are removed. This is an invasive procedure, which means that the abdominal wall of the animal must be cut open.

After the cat has been sedated – i.e. put under anaesthesia – it is placed on its back on the OP -table. The veterinarian shaves and disinfects a spot on the lower abdomen and cuts open the abdominal wall with a scalpel. The cut is about 1 to 2 cm long. With the help of a special surgical set, the veterinarian grasps the ovary, fixes it, ties it off and finally removes it.

Then he sutures the wound again with a thread so that it can heal well. The cat is given a wake-up injection and then placed in a warm, soft box. There she can wake up in peace from the anaesthesia.

Watch your step! If your cat is in heat, you should postpone the castration if possible. The ovaries are supplied with more blood than usual during the heat. This will increase the risk of complications during the OP .

This is the procedure of the castration with tomcats

Castrating a hangover means removing his testicles. This is not an invasive procedure because the testicles are on the outside of the body. The OP is therefore less complicated for males than for females.

As soon as the tomcat is under anaesthesia, the vet removes the hair from his scrotum and disinfects the area. Then the vet opens the scrotum, ties the testicles several times and removes them. He cuts the spermatic cord.

Some veterinarians then sew up the wound, but this is not absolutely necessary for males. Usually the wound heals by itself when the wound edges are laid on top of each other. After a few weeks, the now empty scrotum also recedes.

Also hangovers come after the OP into a cozy box so they can wake up relaxed from the anesthesia.

Aftercare for your neutered cat

You can usually pick up your tomcat or cat after the procedure on the same day. At home you should take your pet to a quiet, warm and possibly dark place.

After castration and anaesthesia your cat is probably still a little off track and is particularly sensitive to noises and other irritations. Make sure that the room does not present any danger to the cat, which has not yet fully recovered.

Safety tips for freshly operated pets

Even if your pet wakes up from the anaesthetic, it’s still a little dazed. If it tries to climb or jump in this state, as usual, it may injure itself. Keep an eye on it so that it does not take dangerous actions.

Your cat’s place to sleep and lie down should be on the floor so that she can easily reach it without running the risk of an accident. Stairs, cat trees, shelves and cupboards are taboo in the recovery period!

To be on the safe side, it is advisable to first separate your freshly castrated animal from its fellow species and other animals in the household. When it is more lively again, you can reunite the animals.

Watch your step! If your cat is free, you should wait a little longer, until you let it again outside. Ideally, she should not be allowed out until the wound has healed and the stitches have been removed. This takes about ten days.

How about food, drink and co.?

Give your pet some fresh water so he can quench his thirst. Only when the anesthesia has subsided and the pet is fully awake can you offer food. However, it can take 1 to 2 days until it eats normally again.

It is possible that your cat will not find his litter box in time while the anaesthesia is still working. So it is best to put your cat’s litter box in the “patient room” and cover upholstered furniture with towels.

Needs my cat after the OP a neck brace?

In female cats, a ruff, collar or body is usually recommended after castration. Otherwise they will lick up the wound and complicate the healing process.

Hangovers don’t necessarily need such protection. But if you notice that he is licking the wound strongly, a ruff may also be useful for freshly castrated cats.

OP -Watch the wound carefully after castration!

Aftercare also includes monitoring wound healing and ensuring that no inflammation or infection occurs. For this reason, it is important that you take a look at the OP -I’ll throw it at you.

If the wound smells bad, even fluid escapes or anything else seems strange to you, don’t hesitate to visit the vet again.

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