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Spaying or ovariohysterectomy of your cat means the surgical removal of her ovaries and uterus (reproductive organs). Spaying is considered a routine abdominal operation.
The procedure is done with your pet under general anaesthesia and consists of a small incision into the abdomen for removal of the ovaries and uterus. The small incision will then be closed with stitches that need to be removed in 10-14 days time. Most cats can go home the same day as the operation. Your cat will be given long acting pain relief so she will not require any further medication at home, but if you feel that she is excessively uncomfortable we are happy to reassess the need for further medication.
It is very important to keep her warm and quiet the first night of her operation and only give her a small meal that night. Then for the next 10-14 days she must have restricted exercise, so we recommend that your cat is kept in the house until stitches are removed. Check her wound daily and look out for any swelling or discharge, please contact us if you have any concerns. 10-14 days after her operation the stitches in the skin will require removal (the consultation at stitch removal is included in the price of the spay and will allow the nurse or veterinarian to check the healing of the incision site).
The best time to have her spayed is from 6 months of age.