So, it’s time to have your cat desexed? Here’s what you need to know
A feline spey (ovariohysterectomy) is the complete removal of the ovaries and uterus through an incision made in the middle or side of the abdomen. The procedure is performed under full general anaesthetic and takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. In order to ensure a safe recovery from general anaesthetic, your cat will be required to spend the day in hospital.
A feline castration (orchiectomy) is the complete removal of the male cat’s testes. The procedure is performed under anaesthetic and requires your cat to spend the day in hospital until fully recovered.
Having your cat desexed is strongly recommended. When performed at a young age, desexing minimizes your cats risk of developing a number of conditions. In females, conditions include, unwanted pregnancy, behaviour changes that occur around heat cycles, uterine infections and mammary cancer. In male cats desexing will reduce urine odour, the desire to roam, fight and territorially spray, reduces the risk of prostatic disease and perianal tumours, and eliminates incidence the risk of testicular cancer.
Our surgical procedures take place at our clinic in a sterile surgical theatre.
We recommend desexing at 5-6 months of age, just prior to sexual maturity. By desexing at this age, your cats chance of developing cancer will be significantly reduced.
Call our office during business hours to book your pet in for their desexing procedure (Elective Surgeries are performed Monday – Friday).
The price of cat desexing includes:
- Pre-surgical consult with a vet or nurse
- The surgical procedure
- Patient tailored anaesthesia
- IV fluids
- A tattoo in your pets left ear to identify them as desexed, which is recognised nationwide
- Post-operative pain relief
Speak with our reception staff for a specific quotation that has been tailored to your pet.
In order to reduce the risk of general anaesthesia, we recommend that your pet have a Pre-anaesthetic Blood Panel performed on the day of surgery: it is a simple test that can be performed and analysed within our clinic.
Pre-anaesthetic bloods allow us to assess your pet’s liver and kidney function; organs that are responsible for the safe metabolism and elimination of anaesthetic drugs. Additionally, PCV a volume percentage of red blood cells, is included as part of the test which can help us to identify disorders, such as anaemia, that can affect your pet during surgery.
We recommend this blood test for all patients undergoing general anaesthetic, regardless of age or physical health. Even if a pet is up to date with all prevention treatments, has no history of illness, and appears perfectly healthy, this is not always the case. The results of pre-anaesthetic blood tests allow us to tailor our anaesthetics protocols to each pet and ensure the safest outcome.