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So, I've been looking at different Vets to spay my two year old Ragdoll, Evie. I know it's quite a standard procedure, however I still want to make sure Evie is going to get the best care.

We're looking at two vets at the moment. The first is where her and Mitzi are registered and go for any treatment etc. So, that makes it a good choice as we know the vets there, and they seem knowledgable. However, when I asked about spaying they said they prescribe Metacam as a pain killer following the op, to take for a few days. Well, I refuse to give my cats Metacam because of the risk of renal failure (whether or not this is a probable risk, it's not one I'm willing to take). But I also wouldn't want Evie to be in pain.

Therefore, I called a second vet for advice. This is a spay/neuter only clinic - a private family practice, so this looked positive as it's what they specialise in. They said they don't prescribe pain relief as "it's a relatively straightforward procedure, we find the cats aren't in much pain following it, so we just send them home to rest."

As you can see - they are quite different views! I thought I'd ask for advice, as I know a lot of you on here are really knowledgable about these things!
 

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It is a straightforward thing usually with very little pain for a 4 month old kitten. May I ask why you've waited until your Ragdoll's 2 y.o.? Because of her age, it will be a little longer recovery time than if she had it done as a kitten. The last cats I had spayed was some years ago now, and my vet never used any pain meds, nor did most vet then. These were females who had been breeders, and they were a bit sore and slept a lot for a couple of days afterwards, but were fully back to normal in 7 to 10 days.
 

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Oh, we only adopted her on 1st January, so she was already two. We got her from a breeder, who had planned to, but never did, breed from her. So we have to get her spayed for all the obvious reasons.

Thank you- that's good to know!
 

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I won't be much help since both my girls were spayed very young and neither seemed to experience much pain (they were both running around and playing shortly after the surgery). I guess I would have asked the second vet what he would prescribe if it turned out Evie does experience pain, especially since she's a bit older than the norm for a spay surgery. Alternatively, you could ask the first vet whether he might prescribe something other than Metacam, since you're not comfortable with that drug. Whichever vet you decide upon, I wish Evie all the best. I'm sure she'll be fine.
 
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