Post # 1
I’m pretty new to the board, and I’ve been trying to do some research on spaying my cat, so I was wondering if you all could help.
A little background: Back in November the sweetest little Calico wandered her way onto my FI’s farm. They aren’t cat people by any means, but I saw her and fell in love. I am currently finishing up my undergraduate work about 3 hours away, so his folks agreed to let her live in the barn, they feed her, bought her a heated water bowl and make sure she is always comfortable. But now that spring is coming, that barn is going to be used a lot more, and out in the country is not the safest place for a cat (they have plenty of coyotes around) so I decided that when I go to graduate school in August, she will be coming with me. We’ve started transitioning her into the idea of being an indoor cat, given her a scratching post and litter box, etc. so now I want to get her spayed to avoid any other little ‘Charley’s’.
What is the recovery time for a 1-year old (that’s kind of a shot in the dark, since she came to me as a stray) female cat to be spayed? Of course I don’t want her to be outside during her healing, but I have an elderly cocker spaniel at home who just got diagnosed with an onset stage of cancer, and I don’t want to add any stress to his life and just want to keep him as comfortable as possible, so I need to time this out just right.
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
Dunno if this helps, as I don’t know how much different it is for cats and dogs.. but, my dog was spayed recently, and he was ‘normal’ in about a day, and they say it takes about 10-14 days to heal (before you can give them baths or whatever). 🙂
Post # 4
She will be right as rain within a week. She needs to stay inside for AT LEAST that week tho!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
My cats were fine after a few days. The younger they are the shorter healing period, and females’ operation is less invasive and quicker healing time.
Also, props for being a responsible pet owner!!!
Post # 6
@lealorali: I thought it was the other way around? That is, the male spaying procedure is less invasive than for female cats, because you basically snip and stitch, whereas with girl cats it’s essentially abdominal surgery?
In any case, OP – the recovery time is a few days to a week, depending on the cat and how the surgery goes. As I understand it, it’s best to desex female cats before they go into heat, because once they do the blood vessels are more swollen and the surgery becomes more complicated and risky. Having said that, I was a bit late in getting my cat to the vet and she was technically in heat when she had the operation, but she was still fine afterwards. My other cats were spayed as kittens, it’s a much more simple operation when they’re little.
After the surgery, she’ll be drowsy…try to keep her secluded in a dark place, maybe the laundry or a bathroom or something so she doesn’t wander or do too much exercise that might bust her stitches. Make sure she wears her cone of shame too, it made Daisy miserable but as soon as I took it off, she would make a beeline for chewing off her stitches. Check her stitches regularly to make sure they are still intact, aren’t oozing blood or discharge and generally look clean.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Thank you for getting your cat spayed! I had a roommate that refused to get her cat spayed and the poor miserable thing would go into heat every few months. It would make life for us miserable because of the yowling and rubbing her vajay-jay on us (yuck!) We offerred to pay to have her cat spayed for her at the local SPCA but she didn’t think it was fair to the cat. Poor kitty.
Post # 8
Thank you everyone for the feedback!
On a related note, has anyone used one of the discounted spay/neuter clinics? They are considerably cheaper, and I’m doing this all on a student budget, but if they aren’t legitimate, I’d rather shell out the extra money to make sure she’s getting good care.
Post # 9
@Sensibly_Smitten: In my experience, discount clinics are vets who are already providing spay/neuter service anyway. Sometimes the clinics are subsidized by fundraising and/or donations, but it’s not like random non-vets are performing the surgeries. I’m sure there are exceptions but if you want to make sure you could contact the one you’re thinking of and ask?
Post # 10
My cats have all been spayed/neutered (past and present cats). One of them was up and running around an hour after the surgery. The vet told us to keep him calm for a week, we just laughed and said “yeah, right”. He was a hyper kitty. The rest of them were all fine the day after the surgery.
Post # 11
My Penny was spayed at about one year old, she was also in heat during her spay. She also had a root canal at the same time so was under anesthesia for several hours longer than just a spay. Most vets do a cat spay in ~20 minutes. She recovered very well from her anesthesia. My boy cat is very sensitive to the meds, and it took him hours to wake up from his dental cleaning so I will have to be careful with what drugs he receives in the future.
I didn’t get to take her home the night of her spay, because I was adopting her from a rescue I had to wait until the next day for paper work to be dropped off (she was brought in to be spayed at the vet school, and would have gone back to the shelter if I hadn’t adopted her right away). I kept her in my bathroom when I brought her home, I had a boy cat and they needed to be slowly introduced. She got pain meds for three days after the spay and did great. After three days I introduced her and Sheldon together, but when i wasn’t home Penny was back in the bathroom to prevent them from running around and playing. I think it was about a week after that I let them be together unsupervised and her incision was fully healed. She had no skin sutures to be removed and she didn’t wear a cone.
Post # 12
How does the cat react to being exclusively indoors? I know a lot of cats that have only ever been outside can sometimes resist the idea of being 100% indoor, to the point of demanding to be let outside. Are you going to grad school in a more urban area? Cars, rat poison, etc etc can be just as big of a threat in a city as coyotes in the country, so that’s something to think about.
I think it’s so awesome that you’ve done so much to make this kitty a confy home :-). They are very lucky to have you!!
Post # 13
I do a lot of volenteer work for the humane soicety cats are normaly behavioring normaly after a day, heal time is about 2 weeks.
Strays/ferals can be taken in and trained to be “normal” house cats 🙂
Post # 14
@crayfish: that’s something I’m worried about too. I’m taking the steps to adjust her now, and I realize it isn’t going to be easy. But she LOVES people, and I think that for her to have an opportunity to be around someone all the time (and safe) will be a fair trade-off for the great outdoors with enough physical activity. My grad schools is still fairly rural, definitely not urban. But when she does move in with me, she will be a strictly indoors cat. She has never been around cars before and is terrified of my boyfriend’s truck, so her street smarts are lacking.
@QuintinsMommy24: that’s SO good to hear! I have heard of people being able to train a stray into a well-functioning house cat, so I’m hoping my Charley will be the same! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 15
My little girl (who was about 6 months old) was up and going within minutes of coming home, despite my best efforts at keeping her calm and resting. Young cats typically recover pretty quickly, but she’ll definitely need to be kept inside for a week or more, as you need to monitor her activity and make sure her stitches don’t slip. Mine went back in after about two weeks (I think) to have her stitches removed, and despite her jumping and running everywhere, she was perfectly healed.
A lot of the lost-cost spay/neuter programs are subsidized to encourage pet owners to be responsible and spay or neuter their pets. Look up the names of those you’re interested in using – you’ll likely find reviews online. You can also contact rescues/humane societies and ask if there’s one they recommend. As a PP said, low-cost programs are still using trained vets, so your kitty will be in good hands.
Post # 16
@Sensibly_Smitten: A lot of cats make the transition from outdoor to indoor only fairly well. My cats were strays from the street, and they have absolutely no desire to go outside ever again. They will sit in front of an open window, but that is as close to the outdoors as they want to go. I tried taking Sheldon outside on a harness and leash so he could have safe outdoor time, and he was terrified and ran right back to the door to get inside!