Chapter 14: Neutering your kitty

Your fur baby is happy, healthy and playful. He is enjoying spending time with you and hi si growing so fast. So, you start thinking…Do I really consider neutering my cat? Which is the ideal age for neutering a kitty? Will my cat be different after the neutering? How do I need to take care of my cat after his operation?

Well, after few weeks we adopted Otto, we really started to consider to neuter him and we discussed about for a while. When we took Otto to the vet for his first vaccinations, we had a chat with one of the nurses. She explained to us what neutering consisted, when it is adviced to do it. Once we headed back home, my husband and I discussed about it and we made our decision. We decided to neuter Otto at five months old and we phoned the vet to schedule the operation.

Neutering is surgically preventing cats from reproducing.

In males, the operation is called castration and it consists in the removal of the testicles through an incision made in the skin of the scrotum.

In females it’s called spaying instead consist in the removal of the uterus and ovaries through an incision made below the belly button into the abdomen.

The surgical procedures are done under general anesthesia. Because these involve surgery, your cat will have some discomfort but the vet will give him medications to control the pain. Most of the cats are normally up and walk just a few hours after they’ve had their operation.

Normally kitten can be neuterd from four months age. You could think that kittens at the age are still very young but they can become sexually mature very quickly after 4 months. It also adviced to do it at this age in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Infact, there are really good reasons why you should neuter your cat:

For female cats

  1. No risk of pregnancy.
  2. It eliminate the risk of uterine infection.
  3. It reduce the occurrence of mammary tumour.
  4. It reduce the chances of cat escaping from home, which it tents to happen often the cats are in heat, get hit by cars, or get hurt.

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For male cats

  1. It reduces their chance of catching feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
  2. It reduces the chances of cat escaping from home, which it tents to happen often the cats are in heat, and get hit by cars, or get hurt.
  3. It reduces consistently the possibility that your cat will mark their territory with a very pungent spray which it will be extremely hard (if not impossible) to remove from your apartment!

You will probably thinking that neutering can change your cat but thsi is only partially true!

Even if neutering produces some changes in the behavioural aspects of cats because the hormons produced by the testicles or the ovaries are not circulating anymore in the blood, this will not change your cat personality at all! So, don’t worry!

The most important fase about neutering a cat is the after care of your fur baby at home and these below are few tips that will help you a lot:

  • Stay with your cat on the first night so you can observe him and monitor his recovery.
  • Give him small amount of water and top up the bowl when necessary.
  • Give him very small amount of food when he is awake and alert.
  • The day after surgery, give your cat regular amounts of water and food.
  • Place a clean litter box close to your cat’s resting place because it’s not ideal let him walk after the surgery.
  • Use a paper litter for few days after the surgery because dirt or dust from the litter can find a way into the incisions and cause infection.
  • Monitor the wound for signs of infection as heat, redness, swelling and discharge
  • Make sure he won’t lick the wound to avoid infection.
  • Monitor his urine for blood. A small amount of blood within the first 24 hours post-surgery is normal but if there is still blood the next day, just give a call to your vet.
  • Keep him indoors until he is fully recovered.
  • Don’t let him climb stairs, run, jump, or play rough during the first week after neutering.

When we neutered Otto, we have been extremly lucky. When we went to get him from te Vet because he was ready to come home, the nurse went through with us about how to manage our kitten in the post op and what we had to look for.

She explained to us how to feed him for the rest of day, just giving him small amount of food for the day and eating normally the next day. She adviced us to monitor his wound, as the incision was very small and they didn’t use any stitches, and make sure that he was not licking it to avoid any infection. She said to keep him indoor for a while and avoid juming, running and rough play for few days to allow the wound to heal properly. She was also told us that we could call them any time if we had noticed anything concerning about his wound as swellig, discharging and redness and they would have seen him straight away.

This information makes Otto’s recovery less stressful and easier for us! And after a week, our Otto was completely recover, jumping, running around the apartmet and playing happly with his favourite plush mouse!

We could’t be more lucky that our little Otto has fully recovered from the operation and he is healthy and happy!

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