Okay, this is a way long-overdue blog post but Human said that we should post it anyway because neutering or spaying is in fact a very important subject to share with other cat parents.
When I was a little kitten, Human kept telling me the importance of neutering. I, of course, had no idea what she was telling me about, nor I cared about neutering. It didn’t even sound like food at all so, as always, I just ignored her!
Anyway, Human says that neutering for male cats or spaying for female cats has so many benefits:
- Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying (males)
- Eliminates risk of testicular cancer (males)
- Decreases incidence of prostate disease (males)
- No heat cycles, therefore no male cats will be attracted (females)
- Reduces or eliminates risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer, especially if done before the first heat cycle (females)
- Reduces number of unwanted kittens/cats (males and females)
- Decreases aggressive behavior (males and females)
- Reduces or eliminates desire to roam outsides, by extension less likely to be injured in fights with other animals or traffic accidents (males and females)
- Helps cats live longer and healthier lives (males and females)
How to prepare your cat for neutering or spaying
1. Get yourself informed
It is important to know what neutering or spaying really is, what the benefits, and most importantly what the risks are. So, when we were at my vet for my second vaccination (I was only 3 months old at that time). Human asked the vet for some more information about neutering, and made an appointment for it way in advance.
2. Prepare everything timely
As soon as I became a 6-month-old kitten Human confirmed our appointment with the vet and asked for some “last minute” tips about pre-neutering care. The evening before the surgery, I was not allowed to eat anything after 8PM. So, I got my meal and my cat milk at 7.30PM instead, and then I went to bed almost right after the meal.
3. Get ready for some whining
Early in the morning I woke up and demanded for my breakfast and my morning cat milk. Human said,”No, no, you heard what the vet had said. No meal, no milk for you. Have some water instead.” Of course, I started to whine and whine and whine for my food and cat milk. But, Human insisted that we should be going to the vet. I hated it. I hated it!
4. Be on time
Before I could whine any further, I was already in my backpack waiting for the vet. I knew that something odd was going to happen as Human handed me over to a veterinary technician. After Human kissed me goodbye, I was taken away to the vet’s surgery room, and I had no idea what happened afterward.
5. Get ready for post-neutering care
I was glad that Human came back and picked me up at the vet. After discussing about my post-neutering care, we were at last headed home. Finally, I would get my meal and my cat milk, so I though. Wrong! Human was told by the vet not to give me any food before 8PM.
The reason behind it was that I was still so drowsy and I could get choke on food. Still, it didn’t stop me from whining even more, and tried to walk to the kitchen. Until I fell half way through the kitchen. Human said that she was sorry about it, and would prepare a special meal for me.
6. Be creative with food and cat milk
Human couldn’t stand seeing me lying on the floor and crying for food. So, she started to mix one spoon of my wet food with two spoon of my cat milk. However, instead just leaving me alone to enjoy my meal, Human fed me with a small spoon. That way, she could monitor me eating my meal without risk of choking. And yes, I devoured my special meal within minutes!
7. Keep monitoring
After my special meal, I started to relax and washed myself, and before I knew I fell asleep on the couch with Human sitting next me, keeping an eye on me, and monitoring my progress. A few hours later, I was myself again and Human gave me my well-deserved meal and of course, my favorite cat milk. Yummy!
Yeah, I started to feel really, really great !!!
Check out my recovery video below: