11 July, 2010 at 6:57 pm #38589
My boys are just about 4 months and my vet said it is okay to neuter. They have never had any problems, eat like champs& are very healthy kitties. Plus, a town away from mine is having a special day to promote fixing where you can neuter your boys for only $15 each. (My friend’s mom is taking like 7 of her farm cats in!!!) I made an appointment and they are set to go in that morning and be picked up in the afternoon. Both of my boys are a bit over 2 pounds now, which I hear is the minimum weight requirement. I have some concerns however….
I only have one pet carrier/kennel which was fine to put them both in when I first got them, but I am worried that they won’t want to be in such close quarters after surgery. Should I see if someone has one I can borrow or just have them share the kennel or should I try to arrange blankets in a laundry basket (that’s how my pup likes to travel in cars)?? I don’t know but I am worried, I have heard cats may act differently or may be aggressive after surgery.
On that note, my boys always spend the night in the bathroom with all their things, and I was planning on confining them to the bathroom for at least 2 days while they recover. Is it a good idea to have them recover in the same room or should I have them in separate rooms? They whine when they can’t see the other for more then 2 minutes so I don’t want to stress them out further..but. I am not sure. Also how many days of down time should they get? I don’t want them to get too bored!!
Any other tips for post-neuter care would be much appreciated! I feel like my boys are so young but I know the some shelters fixed some kittens at 8 weeks! It seems like just yesterday that they were 8 weeks…
Thanks TDKers!11 July, 2010 at 9:09 pm #573171
I’ve never neutered two at once but none of my male cats have seemed to really notice. When they came home they acted pretty normal, just slept more. Hopefully that will help you feel better.11 July, 2010 at 9:15 pm #573172
MB, my two little girls are very close (as sisters tend to be) and when we took them for their “spa day” at the same time (TDK speak for spaying or neutering) I thought that they would be reassured if we put them in the same carrier to take them to the vet. Not a good idea! They hissed and spit at each other and it was almost like Willow blamed Windi for the whole traumatic episode. And I had thought that they would comfort each other after their surgery by being in the same kennel at the vet’s until we could bring them home. Nope. Willow was angry at Windi for several days after they got home but eventually she got over it.
I didn’t really give the girls any downtime as I figured they would become more active once they felt like it.
I would recommend borrowing another carrier and not putting them in together. When we brought our girls home we just let them go where they wanted to in the house to nap. As it happened, they chose spaces far apart from each other.11 July, 2010 at 9:41 pm #573173
My boy didn’t notice a thing when he was neutered. He slept, but wasn’t concerned and didn’t seem to be in any pain. Like others have said though, haven’t done two at once. Your boys are only about two pounds each? I’ve got five kittens here I’m fostering and our biggest boy, who we think is about ten or twelve weeks is 2 and a half pounds. Your four month old kitties must be pretty tiny 🙂11 July, 2010 at 10:54 pm #573174
AZDEBRA 5/27 & crewParticipant
For your own peace of mind and the avoid any possible issues with the ‘boys’ I would borrow another carrier and just let them be when they get back home. Males don’t usually seem to notice other than napping a bit more, like everyone has said above.11 July, 2010 at 11:24 pm #573175
Hurley has to go in before long also, glad someone asked about it 🙂
He was 2 and a half lbs at about 12 weeks, I think he is closer to 10lbs 3 weeks later. I envy the 15 bucks thing, I have a feeling its going to cost me a bit more.11 July, 2010 at 11:55 pm #573176
Thanks for the reassurance! I will definitely start searching for a second carrier. I forgot that the male surgery is less invasive than the female one so I guess my kits lucked out! They may weigh more now, I guess I haven’t checked in a while& my method is not too accurate. (holding them while on the scale, then solo) They were really big for their age when they were 8 weeks old, but seem to be about normal now. I am very glad I asked about the carrier, I would hate to make the experience worse than it is.
Yeah, J, I lucked out with the awesome price, i was pretty excited when a friend told me.
One more question, I know for some human surgeries you are not supposed to give food or water for a set period of time before the procedure- is that true for kitty “spa day”?(love that btw)
And I assume after surgery it is okay to just leave food out as normal and let them eat as they please?
Thanks for all the replies by the way- I love this forum! =)12 July, 2010 at 12:05 am #573177
AZDEBRA 5/27 & crewParticipant
It is probably wise not to feed them after the evening meal, can’t remember about the water. Call the clinic that is doing the surgery and ask them, they shouldn’t have a problem with giving you the tips before surgery. After surgery they should be fine, they will probably sleep more than normal for a day or two.12 July, 2010 at 2:13 am #573178
they’re like gremlins, no food after midnight 😛12 July, 2010 at 2:36 am #573179
They are just like our hoomin patients – no food or water past midnight before their spa day. Afterwards, any food or water is fine. They will decide what they want.12 July, 2010 at 1:28 pm #573180
My little girl was just spayed a few weeks ago. I was instructed not to feed her after 6PM the night before (water was fine). Then no more water from 6AM the morning of the surgery. Her surgery was scheduled at 8:15 AM. I can’t remember if it was the same for our boy since that was 22 years ago!12 July, 2010 at 7:09 pm #573181
I will call my vet to double check but my boys are scheduled for I think 8 so maybe that schedule will be the same for them. (no food after 6) but I will ask to double check.
One more quick question- I have heard that after surgery they are supposed to use news paper or something? Instead of clay litter, is that true….? If so I should go buy a bag and start introducing it to their current litter so we don’t have problems!12 July, 2010 at 7:19 pm #573182
My Jax has appointment on August the 13th and I am really scared. He’s a really playful, healthy kitty and I’m afraid this will change him somehow. My vet told me to not feed him after 10, but water was ok. I hadn’t heard anythig about the newpaper. It made me wonder if it hurts to potty for them afterwards 🙁12 July, 2010 at 8:41 pm #573183
Sheba’s Mom in Raleigh, NCParticipant
You will get written instructions when you take them home. No food 12 hours before surgery, water is fine. Usually we are told to withold food after getting home until they fully come out of the anesthesia. Newspaper in the litter box is better so it doesn’t stick to the area for a couple days. Males recover quicker than females. The reason cats may not like each other after surgery is that it changes their normal smell. They recognize other animals by their smell, not sight, so until their smell returns to normal they will hiss at each other.13 July, 2010 at 2:11 am #573184
Oh thanks SM, I guess I know now not to be surprised if they are not bff’s when they come home. I will definitely buy the newspaper litter tomorrow and start the transition.
Schminken- I come up with all sorts of things to worry about too, but I am 100% positive it won’t change little Jax’s personality once he recovers from surgery. My puppy hardly noticed for more than a day and was back acting like a lunatic in no time. If anything it will help their personality later in life- prevent aggression and your house stinking! Good luck to your little boy on his “spa day”
Thanks for all the help everyone!
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