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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-02-2003, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Nervous About Neutering

Well, its finally time for Psi to get neutered. He's getting it done on Thursday. I'm really nervous about it...

I want to take him in the earliest I possibly can and they said we can pick him up between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. What can I expect after his surgery? What is the schedule of him "waking up"? How long until I should worry about his grogginess and when will he be expected to be back to eating/drinking/peeing/pooing and just being Psi again? Will it be okay for me to leave him alone on Friday morning for a few hours when I go to school? I have to leave again Friday afternoon for a few hours too but I'll be able to check on him after school, will he be okay all alone? I plan to stay up with him all through Thursday night. He'll have stitches, right? How long until they will come out or will the dissolve? Will he have to wear a hood so that he doesn't pick at them?

Okay, I know I asked 500 questions but please help me feel better about this!!!

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When my male cat was neutered, no stitches were needed. (I'm not sure how it works). When we brought him back from the surgery (in the afternoon - the operation was in the morning) all he wanted to do was sleep. He was fine the next day though.
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When I got my last cat nuetered, he just slept. When he tried to walk, (needless to say) he walked funny. Within a day, he should be eating/drinking again. If he doesn't eat within 2 days, I would contact your vet. Same goes for unrinatin and BMs. Just to be on the safe side, ya know?

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Kitty was already neutered when I got him, so I don't have experience with males....but I did have Yoda spayed. She had a little bald spot on her tummy and stitches. For some reason, he didn't make her wear that cone thing. She was a bad girl and did bite at the stitches a little, but I was home with her to make her stop. I had her spayed in the winter--it was cute because her little bald belly was cold, so she kept wanting to lay on me to keep it warm. :)
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I don't recall anything strange when Barnaby came back from his operation. I would imagine he probably was groggy and slept a lot but if he was acting strange in any way I would have taken note of it.

When an old girlfriend's cat was neutered about 9 years ago I remember him licking the wound a lot but I don't recall Barnaby licking on his wound at all (at least not that I saw). I imagine the stitching/closing of the incision is done differently these days.

Let us know how he makes out.
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Kitty was already neutered when I got him, so I don't have experience with males....but I did have Yoda spayed. She had a little bald spot on her tummy and stitches. For some reason, he didn't make her wear that cone thing. She was a bad girl and did bite at the stitches a little, but I was home with her to make her stop. I had her spayed in the winter--it was cute because her little bald belly was cold, so she kept wanting to lay on me to keep it warm. :)
I think females require stitching, but males don't - because with females they make an actual incision into the body, whereas with males it is all 'outside'. So males should recover quicker after neutering.
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My toms have had no problems after neutering. My vet keeps them overnight, however. I'm sure he'll be fine.




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Okay thanks guys! I'll be on here every hour making sure he is recovering like he's supposed to hehe. He's such a cute little guy...I'm so worried about him! I'm wondering...how much bigger is he gonna get? He's six months now, so is he half grown, three quarters??

OH! Guess what?!?! This morning when he yawned I noticed that he has TWO canine teeth on both upper canines! Is one a baby tooth that will fall out????? It looks pretty weird. I tried to take a picture this morning but it was too dark, so we'll try later today or tomorrow. It kinds of freaks me out when I look at it hehehe.

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Tanyuh, That happened to my daughter! She had such strong baby teeth, they had to be pulled, because the permanent teeth had to have room. Mention it to the vet and see whether he thinks it needs to be pulled.




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Well, he's at the vet. We dropped him off this morning. It's 9 am now and they said he'll have his surgery done at about noon and then I can call to check up on him. We will pick him up at about 4. I hope he is okay. He looked so scared. There was a loud puppy in there and it frightened him so he was cowering in the back of his carrier. I felt so horrible just leaving him there and I'm a complete wreck now. I wish the adoption agency had it done before we adopted him. They usually don't adopt kittens until they are 5 months so that they can spay/neuter them beforehand, but they were crawling with kittens at the time and were trying to get them adopted in order to make room for MORE kittens, so I can understand why they didn't wait. I just wish I didn't have to go through this worry. So, how long does it usually take for him to FULLY recover? The vet said no running or jumping for A WEEK! There's no way I can keep him from running and jumping for a week!! How do they expect you to do that?!?!

Thanks for your support guys,
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