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 Post subject: Advice after spaying
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:59 pm 
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My three are all going to the vet in the morning to be spayed. It's almost 20 years since I had a female kitten spayed and then it was only a single one. Does anyone have any advice for when they come home? How do I stop them pulling each others' stitches out, how do I keep them quiet etc etc?

Also, does anyone know if it might stop Dolly peeing in strange places? She's the only one that does it and it's got progressively worse as she's got older (now 7 months old) so I'm hoping it's related to sexual maturity because I'm not sure I can cope if she continues to pee all over the furniture, my clothes etc.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:11 pm 
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The wee-ing should stop after Dolly has been spayed. I think that is why 5-6 months is a better time for neutering females - if they are a nice large size and healthy. We increasingly hear of female Bengals spraying/wee-ing if there are other females in the home - even after spaying :(

You may find that the girls are a bit sleepy when they get home and their appetites are decreased which is normal. Just keep them quiet and warm for the first 24 hours, feed them little and often, and they should be back to normal and playful behaviour after 48 hours.

As for the stitches...They should be OK, but keep an eye on them during playtimes for a week. They may need an elizabethan collar to stop them from picking at the stitches :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:12 pm 
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Tally-Isham wrote:
The wee-ing should stop after Dolly has been spayed. I think that is why 5-6 months is a better time for neutering females - if they are a nice large size and healthy. We increasingly hear of female Bengals spraying/wee-ing if there are other females in the home - even after spaying :(

You may find that the girls are a bit sleepy when they get home and their appetites are decreased which is normal. Just keep them quiet and warm for the first 24 hours, feed them little and often, and they should be back to normal and playful behaviour after 48 hours.

As for the stitches...They should be OK, but keep an eye on them during playtimes for a week. They may need an elizabethan collar to stop them from picking at the stitches :wink:


Thanks for that - here's hoping that they don't indulge in a collective stitch-pulling-out session! I'm just about to remove their food so that they don't eat overnight but I have visions of them raiding the fridge in the night if they get hungry.

I should have got them spayed around a month ago but I was going to Africa for a fortnight and didn't want to do it before I went in case there were any post-op problems. That's why they've ended up having it done at 7 months. Hope it isn't too late to cure the weeing problem.


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Hi, I dont know if I am too late and they have already been spayed - when my Mellika was "done" she didnt have any external stitches at all and the wound which was about 1cm long was glued. The healing time was really quick and she didnt need to wear a "buster Collar"

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:50 pm 
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Thanks - they're at the vet as I write. I've got to phone after 2pm to check everything is OK. I didn't think to ask if they'd have stitches or glue, I just assumed it would be stitches. I guess I'll soon find out!


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Hi Ginnym,

I hope that everything went well with your babies, please let us know how are they and how they get on!

( I am so nervous, my kitty will be spayed next month (my first ever female cat) and I am already worried for her! )

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:03 pm 
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Just rung the vet and apparently they're all OK and making lots of noise!

I panicked a bit when she said "we did have a bit of a problem" .............. apparently two of the vets want to take the kittens home with them because they're so gorgeous!!

I'm off to pick them up now - they do have stitches so I'm going to talk to the vet about collars in case they decide to do some of their own surgery.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:01 pm 
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glad to hear they're all ok

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that's good news, i'm sure they'll be fine. they do seem to get fans at the vets don't they? lol. when i took sugar in yesterday the vet just had to take her out the back & show her off to the other vets & nurses :lol: she loved the attention & it made me very proud.

it's lovely hearing the oohs & aahs from people who don't get to see them very often.


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I've got three very angry kitties at the moment - apparently they turned into spitting, biting monsters at the vets as soon as the anaesthetic wore off. Fortunately they haven't turned against me but they're still rather wobbly and disorientated. Hopefully they'll feel better after a good night's rest.


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aww bless em, bet the vets changed their minds about wanting to take them home :lol:
they should be fine in the morning. they look a bit drunk while they're all wobbly hehe.


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So how are they all doing today? Back to normal?


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Dolly and Daisy are back to normal in terms of activity - Daisy was up on the top of the wardrobe as I started to write this post, now she's on the keyboard!! It's amazing how quickly they recover - I had the same surgery done myself a few years ago and I certainly wasn't jumping around 24 hours later!!

Lily is more disturbed - she's very nervous, quite subdued and miaowing a lot. She's been hiding in a cat bed upstairs until now when she's ventured downstairs into the living room for the first time but she's clearly not happy. I'm not worried about her, she's was the last one to be operated on and she's just taking a little longer to regain confidence than the others. They're all growling at each other though which is very ususual but I presume it's because they smell of vet and hopefully that will wear off. I'm supposed to ring and arrange to take them for a check up tomorrow but I'm hoping if I speak to the vet and tell him the wounds are OK, he'll say not to bother. I don't really want to stress them again by putting them in the baskets.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:33 pm 
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Hi, Sorry to barge in on this discussion but I'm new to this and I have just had my two girls spayed yesterday. I am really worried about one of them as she is still very shaky, hasn't been drinking water and has only eaten a tiny bit of food. Every time we pick her up she yowls and her stitching doesn't look good. I think she might have attacked the stitching before we got her home. She's spending every moment lying really still and she usually won't sit still for more than 2 minutes!

Can anyone advise me on how long it can take before this kind of thing stops and also for how long the collar needs to stay on because she hates it! I hate seeing her like this especially as our other girl is eating drinking and walking around as though nothing has happened.

Thank you!!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:42 pm 
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The collar should stay on for at least 5 days.

If your girl is still unwell tomorrow, you should go and see the vet, usually there's no problem but sometimes it happens...

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