What To Expect When Spaying a Cat

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If you are a cat owner like me, one of the questions you might have is about spaying a cat and the aftercare. More so, with abundance of differing information in the internet, which are the best? So, as I’ve experienced spaying my cat recently, these are the aftercare I did with the advice of my doctor, and I’m sharing, owner to owner. Just to note, as my cat is female, I’ll only be covering for spaying, not neutering. Neutering is for tomcats (male cats), and usually their aftercare are shorter compared to female cats. Tomcats neutering consist of removing their balls (external surgery), whereas female cats require internal surgery. Hence, female cats require more time to recuperate, and is more prone to infection if they do not receive proper car.

Things To Consider Before Spaying A Cat

The best age to spay a cat would be after 4 months old, with her weight preferably above 3kg (I’m Southeast Asian, we’re using metrics). My doctor advised me that my kitty should already have the three initial vaccination before proceeding for the spaying, in which the closest allowed spaying operation if at least two weeks after the third vaccination. Just to be safe, I brought her for the operation a month after the final vaccination.

Of course, this begs the question: are there any benefits of spaying a cat? Well, for one thing, no unexpected kittens. No, no, I’m not a kitten hater. But I hate those who didn’t spay their cats  out of pity, and then when the kittens were born, got dumped at the market or abandoned roads.  If it can reduce that occurrence, this counts as a benefit for me.

As a (struggling) Muslim, adhering to the rules and conduct is something that I’m still trying to wrap myself around. So there’s an additional question: is spaying a cat haram? So, looking into my local religious organizations’ statement, JAKIM (short for Jabatan Keajuan Islam Malaysia, also known as Department of Islamic Development Malaysia):

 

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JAKIM’s post about the rules of cats and dogs spaying and neutering

 

According to their post, spaying or neutering your pets, such as cats or dogs, are encouraged (not prohibited) with reasons to ensure resolution of contemporary problems. In this case, abandonment of pets and newborns certainly considered as problems.


So, green light (with proper reasons).


Things to Prepare Before Spaying A Cat

Money

The one I went to was “Klinik Haiwan Dkaz” at Taman Bukit Emas, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. It costed about RM140, inclusive of the operation and an overnight stay at the ward. After the spaying, Aira was constipated for a few days due to the changes, so I bought from the vet two cans of restorative care meals (at Rm25 each, so RM50), wound cream and antiseptic for her operation scar (RM20),  and a cone (Rm15) to prevent her from licking her operation scar. In total, her medical care would cost about RM225. So to be safe, if you’re spaying a cat in Malaysia, prepare roughly RM250 on hand.


Items

A cage or confinement space with ample space but not too big that they can run around and jump. Preferably just enough for their litterbox, eating and drinking container,some leg space and sleeping area. For the litter, please avoid using fine or normal sand litter, as they can get into the wound and cause infection. Try to go for recycled paper litter. My method, I used the paper cartons for eggs, scrapped them into small pieces, as substitute for the litter. It worked quite well.

  • Carrier (to bring her to and from the vet)
  • Cage / Confinement Space
  • Cone  (Or post-surgery cloth for cats)
  • Recycled paper litter (bought or DIY, two weeks worth).
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Aira, tumbling in her carrier coming back from the vet

And in case your cat might get sick during the aftercare:

  • Restorative care cat food (two cans)
  • Cat laxative (vet advise, don’t buy yourself unless you are familiar with the proper brand and does)
  • Feeding syringe
  • Cat incision cream and antiseptic.

 

What To Do After Spaying Your Cat

After spaying, the cat will be a little hazy due to the anesthesia. She was a bit disarrayed post-operation, and it seems she did not realize she had been operated, from her attempts to lick the scar (this is where the cone or post-surgery clothes help).  The vet advise me to keep her in confinement for at least two weeks, in which she shouldn’t move around, jump, or any rough activity, or risk the stitches on the scar being reopened. I searched online on what happened if it re-opened, and some pictures are NSFW, so search at your own risk (hint, it involved some of the intestine coming out from the wound).

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Her stitched incision after spaying

 

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Aira’s confinement space

During the first week after spaying, Aira isn’t active and a bit depressed ( wouldn’t you if someone cut your stomach and take out your uterus?). She started to become a bit rough by the eight and ninth day, and thankfully back to her pampered princess self by the end of two weeks. But there were some hurdles during those two weeks. Aira was constipated the first few days, which was resolved by giving her laxatives once a day in the morning and restorative care ( a spoonful each meal, two meals a day), and there were a few alarming moments where a translucent fluid coming out of her incision (which are solved using the wound antiseptic and cream).

All in all, now Aira is back as usual, and there’s no worries of unwanted pregnancies or possibly abandonment of kittens.

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Aira in her frustration in her post-surgery cloth, despite already moved from the cone of shame.

 

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