How is the cat castrated
Castration of domestic cats is a fairly common procedure that simplifies the lives of pet owners. But what consequences does this procedure have and how to care for your pet after it?
Features of the procedure
The operation is a suspension of hormone production, so that the cat has lost the ability to have offspring.There are two types of procedures that allow you to “turn off” the reproductive functions of the animal:
1. Sterilization – dressing of the seminal ducts.
2. Castration – removal of the testicles.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and the dosage is determined for each animal individually – based on body weight and age. The operation lasts 5-10 minutes.
The advantages of castration before sterilization
As a rule, cat owners choose amputation of the testicles, as this operation makes the pet more calm. Castration reduces the animal’s sexual desire, so in the mating season the cat will not show aggression, scream in search of a cat and mark the territory. In addition, castrated pets are less sick and live longer.
However, some owners doubt the safety of the procedure, but these are unreasonable fears. The main thing is to choose a good veterinary clinic and properly care for your pet after castration.
At what age are castrated cats
Little kittens are not operated. Ideally – to castrate a cat aged from 8 months to 1 year, when the genitals of the animal formed. It is impossible to delay a long time with the decision about the operation, since the adults do not tolerate anesthesia well, and they recover longer.
It should be noted that in different breeds the formation of the reproductive system ends differently, so it is worth checking with a specialist at what age to castrate a cat of a certain breed.
First, the cat needs to be examined by a general practitioner and a cardiologist to make sure that the animal can be operated on. If the results are unsatisfactory, then the pet will have to be treated, and then be examined again for admission to the operation.
Before castration, no special diet or special care is required.
First of all, the cat must be removed from anesthesia – this can be done in the clinic or at home. Veterinarians recommend not taking a risk and not taking a sleeping pet home, because anesthesia is dangerous with heart failure. In the clinic, doctors will be able to quickly react to the pathology and save the cat’s life, so you should not hurry and leave.
Usually it is not necessary to deal with the wound When a cat is castrated, the wounds are small, and the vet handles them himself. The incisions heal quickly, but in some cases, the surgeon may make recommendations for the care of the wound.
After the castration, the cat can be given food on the day following the operation, on the third day the animal is already recovering. Neutered and sterilized cats require a special balanced feed. The fact is that after surgery, the risk of obesity increases, so you need to monitor the pet’s nutrition and, if necessary, reduce the daily calorie intake.