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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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Spaying, what should I be prepared for?

Hi everyone,
My kitten Honey-Bear is getting spayed on friday. Is there anything in specific I should be prepared for? Vomiting, crankyness, etc.
Also, is there any need to create a special place for her to hang out privately so she won't move around too much and stress her bandages?

She is the first kitten I've ever had on my own and this is the first time I'll be going through any major sugery with a pet.
Any ideas would be helpful.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 12:30 AM
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Every kitten is different and I was worried, also. Cali and Charlee were spayed at 10 weeks old. They were both running around like monkeys the same evening they came home. In fact, they had to switch homes that night because a cat where they were being fostered got sick. This is Cali three days after being spayed:
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Re: Spaying, what should I be prepared for?

Spaying is not a huge problem for a cat. Not nearly as much as it was back when I was a teenager. Most vets will do the operation in the morning, observe her all day as she comes out of the anesthesia, making sure she doesn't have any problems, and let you take her home that evening. Some vets will keep your kitty overnight, and let you take her home the following morning.
Some kitties will bite at the few stitches, so watch for that.
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Re: Spaying, what should I be prepared for?

Was Cali or Charlie in any pain? I know animals recoup faster than humans, but I don't want to unnecissarily dope up my cat, but I also don't want her to be hurting from the stitches.

Hi Gunterkat, my vet did tell me that they would do it in the morning and keep her overnight.
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My girls were in and out the same day. The way they were running around, I don't see how they could have been in pain. But you sound like me, a worrier, so it's better they're being kept overnight. I didn't adopted them until two days later. The picture I posted of Cali was their first day home with me.

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We request pain med after the spays. Try to keep her quiet after the surgery. Good luck on that one though!
As John said just watch and make sure she doesnt lick at the stitches. Most vet around here dont put bandages on the incission. Only one old timey vet does still do that.
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We request pain med after the spays.
My little RB kitty was on pain meds once, and it made her DROOL like MAD. It skeert us both.....she seemed even more freaked out by her reaction to the meds than by the pain.

If you don't need pain meds, I would avoid them.
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They had to have given you the wrong dosage. So sorry the pain med made that happen to your kitty. Weve never had that happen with all the cats we TNR and rescue.
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