Neutering my cat – What’s really involved?

What is involved in neutering my cat?

  • Assuming the pre-op blood work reveals no underlying problems, a pre-anesthetic injection that includes pain medication is administered.
  • A breathing mask is then placed over the cat’s face to induce and maintain full anesthesia.
  • The surgery site is clipped and aseptically prepared for surgery. At this time local anesthetic blocks are used to further prevent discomfort. All the while the heart, respiratory rate, and other vital parameters are closely monitored by a NYS licensed veterinary technician.
  • As the surgeon scrubs and “gowns up,” the patient is carefully moved to the surgery table where he is reconnected to the anesthetic monitoring equipment.
  • A small incision is made, and the surgery begins.
  • We’ll save you the details, but the appropriate organs are surgically removed.
  • After surgery completion, the patient is removed from anesthesia and transferred to the recovery area where he is closely observed until he is lying up on his chest. It is at this time that we will try to call to assure you that all has gone well, and to schedule your cat’s discharge appt.
  • When the patient is awake and able to walk, he is transferred to the hospital ward, and is frequently checked.
  • Later that day, the doctor re-examines the patient and inspects the incision.
  • As the pain medication from the morning wears off, it is determined whether an oral pain medication should be sent home with your cat.
  • It will soon be time to go home!

Why is pre-operative blood work recommended? (My cat is young and healthy.)

Pre-op blood work provides the same benefits as with human surgery. The tests check for anemia, and tell us if your cat’s organs, particularly those associated with the metabolism of the anesthetic agents, are functioning properly. If congenital or age related abnormalities are identified, anesthesia protocols can be modified. If all is normal, we have established a valuable baseline for future reference.

What pain medications will my cat receive?

Because it is not full abdominal surgery, cats recover more quickly from neutering than from spaying, and with significantly less pain. Initially, an injection of a morphine-like drug is given as part of the pre-anesthetic medication. The effect lasts approximately 12 hours. In addition, lidocaine (similar to novacaine) is injected close to the surgical site to provide a local anesthetic. That evening, when the cat is re-examined, if he seems uncomfortable he will be sent home with additional oral pain medication.

How can all this be done for such a reasonable cost?

In an effort to reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens, the Livonia Veterinary Hospital has subsidized the cost of your cat’s neuter. Another comparably involved surgery would certainly be more, and comparable human procedures would cost thousands more. It is important to note, however, that even with the costs reduced, your cat has received the best veterinary care possible. We perform the procedure using the highest standards available today to minimize the risk of infection and make the procedure as pain free as possible. You can be assured that high quality veterinary care is never compromised at the Livonia Veterinary Hospital.

Should I do anything special when my cat comes home?

For 2-3 days after surgery, you should keep your cat’s activity restricted, and he should not be allowed to go outdoors.

He may be a little quiet and sleep more than usual the first day or two. After all, he is recovering from surgery!

The first evening home we recommend feeding only a partial meal. Afterwards, you may feed and water your cat as usual. No special diet is required.

You should examine the incision daily. There is no need for suture removal; the small incisions heal without sutures.

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

The hormonal changes that result from neutering occur over time, so typical pre-neuter behaviors, such as roaming, may still be present up to 3 months after surgery.

Location Hours
Monday8:00am – 6:30pm
Tuesday8:00am – 6:30pm
Wednesday8:00am – 6:30pm
Thursday8:00am – 6:30pm
Friday8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday8:00am – 12:00pm

For your convenience, as well as that of other clients, office visits are by appointment only. On surgery days, patient admission is between 7:30 and 8:15am.