Cat spay/neuter: what happens on the day.

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At Cedarmount, we are very proud of the care we give these wee ones on the day of their spay/neuter. We aim to minimise your worry, and to maximise their comfort and safety. The cost of the procedure is exceptionally low, and kept low on purpose. We don’t want to continue as a society with the flood of unwanted kittens we used to have every year.

What you get for your money:

  • reassurance that we use the very latest anaesthetics and painkillers
  • reassurance that we are all very, very experienced surgeons
  • a full cardiovascular examination before the operation tkittens1 300x400o check for any concerns with the heart which might impact on the anaesthetic
  • a fully qualified vet nurse (Registered Veterinary Nurse, RVN) patient-side throughout the operation and recovery
  • a full, monitored general anaesthetic
  • operation performed in premises passed by an RCVS inspector (because we are members of the voluntary RCVS Practice Standards Scheme)
  • tiny wounds with no skin sutures in toms or queens
  • a warm comfortable environment for continually monitored recovery
  • Elizabethan collar sent home on discharge just in case they need it. The truth is that since the pain relief we give is so good, most do not bother their wounds, so don’t need the collar. We are very happy to refund the small cost for any collars returned unused.
  • the most modern pain relief on the day of the operation
  • follow up pain relief for a few days at home – importantly this latter aspect is frequently overlooked by many practices.       
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Click on photo above to read the ISFM publication on post-spay/neuter pain relief

Cats Deserve Pain Relief Too

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) have published a firm guidance statement that all cat spay/castrates need proper pain relief for two to three days post op. Without oral pain relief administered at home these wee kittens suffer more discomfort and distress than necesssary. No-one wants that: not owners, nor vets/nurses, and certainly not the kittens themselves!

 

 

 

 

We bemetacam-catlieve the small increase in cost (less than £5.00) to include effective post-op pain relief is worth it: peace of mind that they won’t be sore.

 

If you have any questions about any aspect of the procedure, please do not sit and worry, simply ask us!

Your Instructions on the day

As advised, we ask that you provide no food from bedtime the night before, but access to water is allowed until the first human is up in the morning. Bring them into Cedarmount securely in a basket/carrier between 8.30 and 9.30 am. We do not recommend carrying any cat in your arms in the carpark or the clinic: what if a dog were to frighten the kitten and he/she were to escape? If your kitten travels badly consider asking us for some Feliway which is available in travel size – this pheromone really works to calm a frightened pussy: calmer but not sedated so very, very safe!

We will text or call you after the operation so you know all is well. Discharge is normally by arrangement between 2.30 and 7.00PM the same day.

You will be given written post-op instructions. There is an emergency service available in the exceptionally unlikely event that you need advice or help after hours. There are very few complications of these procedures at Cedarmount – please be assured your wee one is in safe hands throughout the day!

And finally…….after the operation, kittens need fewer calories, so we strongly recommend a diet change to avoid piling on the pounds! Overweight cats struggle to play, and run the risk of diabetes and  arthritis. We will give you two pouches and a bag of our premium Royal Canin food on discharge – totally free! Yes –  that is about two weeks of free food with every operation!

We also send you home with a voucher worth £3.00 off the cost of your first bag of neutered food. It really does make a difference to the waistline…and helps coat shiny, keep teeth clean and bladders stone-free! Oh, and cats love both the dried and the pouches, a real win-win all round!!

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We work very hard to make the experience a positive one for you and your pet. If we fall short in some way please do let us know so that we can try and put things right. If we have done a good job for you. please consider leaving us a Google review: these can really make a difference for us. Thanks.