One of the big things on the to-do list after adopting or rescuing a kitten is neutering, especially if you aren’t planning on breeding your cat and if you’re wanting to let your cat outside. It’s preferable if you neuter them even if you are planning to keep them indoors and aren’t planning on kittens because whether you have a male or female cat they are little buggers when it comes to being in heat or smelling a female in heat and they will do everything in their power to escape. Effie is around 5 months old and has not long come out of her first heat cycle so we decided to book her in to be spayed before she came into heat again.
A heat cycle in cats is about 3 weeks. On average, a cat is “in heat” for 1-7 days then has a break of 1-2 weeks. During heat female cats will meow a meow that can only be described as something dying. Honestly, Effie’s meow when she was in heat was the worst sound I have ever heard in my entire life. Ok maybe not that bad but it was loud as hell and sounded dreadful. Cats may also spray urine on everything and “present” which is basically then shoving their arse in your face even more than usual.
>> Cone (if your vets don’t provide one)
>> Chicken and rice (you don’t have to do this but I found Effie was super fussy after)
>> Mikki Cat Snoozer (the padded edges make it easier for them to lie comfortably with a cone)
>> No food or water after midnight
>> Keep outdoor cats inside
>> Get the cat carrier ready for the morning
Normally, your cat will be expected at the vets early morning so you will be asked to restrict their food and water intake after a certain time. We gave Effie her meal at
Effie went in at 8:40am and we picked her up at 3pm but she was just waking up around 1pm to give you an idea. The operation itself is super quick but she also had her microchip fitted too
>> Small meals
>> Warm, comfortable place to rest
>> Keep outdoor cats in
>> The cone of shame (which will already be on your cat when you go to pick them up)
We were warned than Effie may be a little out of fit for a while after she came home although she was
She also likes to have it placed on the window sil and more recently, the top of the bin because the sun beams through the window and hits that spot and obviously, that spot is exactly where she wants to lie. She kepts falling off but I put the snoozer on top and voila! Sunny spot is finally comfy!
>> Keep up with any meds
>> Continue to keep outdoor cats in until the vet says it’s ok to let them out
>> Resume regular meals
At 2-3 days post surgery they will have their first post op check where the vet will check the wound, their temperature and told over any concerns you may have. Effie had a slightly raised temperature ebut the vet was happy that this was more that likely to be caused by her being so stressed at the vets as she didn’t react to her palpating the wound and didn’t appear to be in any pain with it.
This will be the last check up unless there are issues with the healing or your cat isn’t doing well. Effie’s wound at this point had all scabbed up and mostly come away to leave a clean scar. The vet was super happy and she was discharged there and then much to her relief because she bloody hates the vets. She hasn’t been wearing her cone for a few days now, we did ust keep it on at night or when we couldn’t keep an eye on her and she was really good actually, she didn’t lick at it much at all but obviously you need to be careful but it’s all healed now and she’s free to do anything she likes, including have a bath which strangely is one of her favourite things, haha.
I hope this was helpful, I know I was googling like crazy about it when Effie was due to be spayed so I hope this has helped someone!