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 Post subject: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:44 pm 
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Hi all,

We have had our cat for almost 3 years now and we think the world of her. We didn't plan to breed from her but due to busy lives we never got round to getting her spayed. She is a house cat so there wasn't any chance of kittens but we're used to the regular loved up phase, noise and spraying everywhere (Blu ray player, front door, all my Wii games...)

I recently lost my job and have booked her in to the vets tomorrow, also to check why she has a tendency to be sick fairly often.

It may sound silly but we're really worried about getting her spayed. We know it's a very common procedure and there aren't any risks involved are there?

Would her behaviour change? e.g. would she be less friendly, any less likely to sit with us on the settee or on our laps etc?

Can anyone advise on it? I've not owned a cat before, my other half has and her cats were all done.

We're just very precious about her really...


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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:49 pm 
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I think you will notice a huge difference with her!! My girl was spayed right at five months and she almost instantly became more loving!! You are actually doing her a huge favor by getting rid of those crazy hormones and also preventing her from having uterine infections!! They can be nasty and make her very ill!!! You are doing the right thing!!! She will be a little sore for a few days but after that she will be fine!! Stay positive and know you are doing what's best!!! Please keep us updated with everything!!

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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:56 pm 
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bkilgore wrote:
I think you will notice a huge difference with her!! My girl was spayed right at five months and she almost instantly became more loving!! You are actually doing her a huge favor by getting rid of those crazy hormones and also preventing her from having uterine infections!! They can be nasty and make her very ill!!! You are doing the right thing!!! She will be a little sore for a few days but after that she will be fine!! Stay positive and know you are doing what's best!!! Please keep us updated with everything!!


Many thanks bkilgore, really appreciate the reassurance :)
She did go to spray once and it came out as pink coloured drops, only happened once but she did seem to have signs of a urinary infection I think, didn't want to use the litter tray (believe it was her associating it with pain?). It was distressing at the time but it seemed to be a one off so we didn't take her to the vets for it.

Could not having been spayed contribute to her being sick at all? Could there be a link there? She also reacts nastily to other cats in the garden, fluffs her tail up, makes noise and has turned on us a couple of times. Would it calm her from being likely to do that or is that still likely to happen?


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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:59 pm 
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It's actually far more dangerous to leave her unspayed. She is at great risk of womb infection due to calling with no mating. This can be fatal. Her general health will be much improved due to the lack of hormones. An unspayed female will never be in the best of conditions as she will be riddled with hormones.

As said, she will become far happier spayed.

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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:02 pm 
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Dont worry yourself.
As with humans undergoing surgery there is a minimal risk of reaction to anesthetic, but this reduces in stronger adult cats and is negligible when compared to life-span risks of uterine infection/problems such as pyometra.
As for the spraying you may be stuck with that im afraid ... because you have allowed it to become a learned behaviour into adulthood that she wont forget.

One thing, insist on a flank spay and not a ''midline'' spay... it is less invasive, less painful, heals faster, less risk of complications.
Dont let the vet assume your bengal is a show cat and midline spay to prevent any scarring on her side.

Your cat wont hate you when she comes home (she might be grumpy and sore) because you will be the rescuer in her eyes, saving her from the mean old vet.

She will need a calm quiet house for her recovery and if possible try to observe her round the clock ESPECIALLY if she doesnt stop freaking out about the cone and you give in and remove it (Happens alot).
If you give in to complaints and take her cone off you are voulenteering to monitor her constantly for pulling and picking at her wound.


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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:18 pm 
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Honestly my personal opinion, I wouldn't bother with the cone UNLESS you see her licking/pulling at her incision! BB never wore one and to me it seems to stress them More!! Someone please correct me if I am wrong, it might be because my girl was sill a kitten but she never messed with it!! Also a side note with spraying, it might be a learned behavior and she might continue to spray BUT I have a retired stud that sprayed like something you wouldn't believe! Now, he has not sprayed since the first week we had him, and its been 9 months!!It can be curbed by reducing the hormones!! Good luck to you and I am 100% confident you will have a much happier girl!! Chances are her territorial behavior will lessen but more than likely it will not go away! Spaying is not a cure all but it will make a HUGE difference!

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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:25 pm 
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I uploaded a couple of pics for you to see what to expect:
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I wasnt happy about how long the vet left my girl's stitches but it didnt cause a problem (and you can snip them down a bit if yours is the same)
I took Cleo's cone off... it was tied on with bandage and didnt look safe for me to leave her unsupervised. I opted to stay up through the nights with her for several days while other family kept an eye on her for me during the day.


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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:29 pm 
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Wow that looks so much cleaner and less painful!! I have never seen a flank spay before!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:32 pm 
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yeah, flank spay is so much better for kitty.
midline spay they open her up by going through muscle tissue, its far more invasive and I imagine alot more painful and uncomfortable during recovery.


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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:36 pm 
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Ask for internal dissolvable stitches instead of external ones that need to be removed. Nothing for the cat to pull at so no need for the cone! They can use them in conjunction with glue.

Only ever had midline sprays and have variable experience with this. The kittens last year were midline spayed and recovery was very quick. Despite their running and jumping! With no signs of pain. However my eldest girl was spayed midline and developed a seroma at the wound site which developed into a large egg shaped lump. It went down no problem but she still has a bit of an egg.

Most importantly, ask the vet what they are used to doing. I would not want a vet who normally sprays one way do change to do it another way on my cat. Flank sprays are better on an older cat especially so it may be worth looking around for a vet if your usual one normally sprays midline.

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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:03 pm 
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Many thanks for the tips and advice everyone. :) I think my lesson learned at least if I had another cat after her is to have it done earlier. My other half was worried about her having a negative reaction to the anaesthetic but hopefully that is extremely rare and less likely as mentioned because she's an older cat.

Thanks for the pics also, it does look a little unsightly seeing the shaved patch in amongst such a lovely coat. I'll remember to ask the vet about the flank spay and stitches and see what they normally do.

They said they supply the painkillers and remember them mentioning the 2nd visit for removing the stitches so will ask about the other sort of stitches. What would happen with painkillers? Would they be administered orally by my afterwards or added to the food etc.?


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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:14 pm 
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Please tell us what country you are in if not UK.

You will prolly be sent home with loxicom ''oral suspension for cats''... its a syrupy (apparently tasty) liquid and all being well your girl should lap it from a spoon... This is ideal because you know she has taken her full dose. If she doesnt like it you can hide it in food... but try to pick a food (and an amount) she will eat entirely with no leftovers.
My girl ate like horse when she came home .. better than she has ever eaten since to be honest.

I can put a positive spin on this event for you too kmc,
Cleo's recovery was a very special bonding time for me and her... I was naturally protective and attentive (as im sure you will be) and my girl totally picked up on it like a mind reader.
She was a little scared of us at first because in the wild cats will attack other sick cats but when she realised that me (and my family after a few days) were all really caring and loving on her she soaked it up and it brought us closer.


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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:04 am 
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lollo2304 wrote:
I would not want a vet who normally sprays
this made me chuckle..
I agree, you dont want a vet that sprays :mrgreen:
But seriously, yeah... the more experienced the vet is at doing flank spays the better hands your girl is in.
You dont HAVE to use your regular vet practice if for any reason you are not totally happy.
You can throw money at this and seek out a really posh vet practice with high fees (and several really experience vets) and not worry so much about the dreaded drive (distance to vet) as it is just two trips to make.


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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:20 am 
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...and the fur grows back faster than you think! :lol:



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 Post subject: Re: Fear about spaying
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:08 am 
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Tigertail wrote:
...and the fur grows back faster than you think! :lol:



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(IMO the fuss about scarring show cats is silly due to the thick bengal ''pelt'' coat)


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