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Can you tell if a cats been spayed?

post #1 of 26
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I am guessing you probly cant, but I am wondering if Miss Kitty is spayed. I just called the vet and they said you really cant tell. I wanna know if shes been fixed or not.....I thought maybe she was pregnant when she first showed up here, but no babies and she should of had them by now(that was back in Nov/Dec when she appeared)
post #2 of 26
We were able to tell with ours - they shaved their bellies and you could see the scar. Sometimes it's harder to tell, though.
post #3 of 26
I can't tell with either of mine. Duke still had the twins and Sibohan I can't see a scar under her fur. But I do have a recrd for each of them so they are spayed and Nutered.
I'm thinking it would be pretty hard to tell unless you took them to the vet yourself or shaved you cat to check
post #4 of 26
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We were able to tell with ours - they shaved their bellies and you could see the scar. Sometimes it's harder to tell, though.
that's a great idea....instead of putting them through uneccasary surgery.
post #5 of 26
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We were able to tell with ours - they shaved their bellies and you could see the scar. Sometimes it's harder to tell, though.
when we took bella after they shaved her they showed us the scars and i can still find them today...but Stormie has tooo much fur to look for a scar ! And tessa i havent looked really and same with blue...they arent belly kitties i guess
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks View Post
I am guessing you probly cant, but I am wondering if Miss Kitty is spayed. I just called the vet and they said you really cant tell. I wanna know if shes been fixed or not.....I thought maybe she was pregnant when she first showed up here, but no babies and she should of had them by now(that was back in Nov/Dec when she appeared)
That's a great questions because with all the shelter kitties we have coming in, it's tough to tell with some. Wish I knew how. I've got enough trouble still trying to figure out gender.
post #7 of 26
They shaved Mojo's belly to see if there was a spay scar. They thought she was a boy! I don't know how they missed that - I looked at her backside and said, "Yeah, she's definitely a GIRL..."

Ginger is easy to tell because she has a tattoo on her ear NS for Neuter Scooter.
post #8 of 26
Wickett has the NS tattoo too...but I think it's actually supposed to stand for Neuter/spay. And of course, he's a boy so it's easy to tell. The same day I took Wickett to the NS they had a female that someone found stray that they discovered had already been spayed but not until they had already cut her open. I guess they didn't see any scars or didn't look when they shaved her.
post #9 of 26
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And of course, he's a boy so it's easy to tell.
Does your not have his little friends anymore? Duke still has his I think he must have just had a vasectomy cuz they didn't remove his stuff.
post #10 of 26
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Does your not have his little friends anymore? Duke still has his I think he must have just had a vasectomy cuz they didn't remove his stuff.
Yeah, my boys still have their "twins", they are just significantly smaller than they used to be. In intact males, they're each about the size of a quarter (or bigger LOL), and after they're neutered they're more like dimes.

Poor Beandip only has one little white cottonball on his rear end. The other one was inside...never descended.
post #11 of 26
when we get female cats in at the shelter where I volunteer, we shave their bellies and see if there is a scar. you can also take the cat to the vet and they will shave the cat's belly to see if there is a spay scar.
post #12 of 26
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Yeah, my boys still have their "twins", they are just significantly smaller than they used to be. In intact males, they're each about the size of a quarter (or bigger LOL), and after they're neutered they're more like dimes.

Poor Beandip only has one little white cottonball on his rear end. The other one was inside...never descended.
Ya, if he's still got 'em they are too tiny to tell. Poor boy... I think thats why he freaks out when I have to do a tail check for poo.... he's a little ashamed.
post #13 of 26
My vet was able to tell by rubbing where the scar should be. I'm pretty sure he could feel the scar tissue, which I think might be discernible even if there isn't a visible scar.
post #14 of 26
Spay scars are not 100% though. Someone on another board kinds went through this. They rescued a dog (i think it was) and took the dog to the vet to check for a spay scar so that they would not have to open her up to check. Well they saw what they believed to be a spay scar so they concluded she had been spayed. Well guess what.....it was not a spay scar and she was or became pregnant. So the moral is a spay scar is not 100%.
post #15 of 26
Sometimes it's hard to find a scar.
our vet is really good, a perfectionist. By the time it's healed, there is barely a scar.

We shave their bellies to tell. Just cuz you don't see a cat go into heat, doesn't mean it's not spayed. I know plenty of cats that have silent heats, that come and go and you don't notice.
post #16 of 26
Our vet shaves to look for a scar. I can agree, though - that wouldn't be a 100% guarantee of anything.

The last time I took a cat to my vet to shave and look for a spay scar...she didn't find a scar, but she found testicles (well what was left of them, he was neutered already). LOL. I felt like such a dork. It was a completely black cat, with long hair...I hadn't looked close enough. Thankfully she looked before she shaved him.
post #17 of 26
The only real way to tell is to have their bellies shaved and check for an incision scar.Yesterday was our spay/neuter day at our shelter. Keep in mind though- an incision scare in that area does NOT always mean that they've been spayed- they could have had a surgery in that area previously unrelated to a spay. (the majority of the time- the scar in that area indicats a spay.) when i doubt, a vet can do an x-ray of the area to be 100% sure. Also- if they have been spayed and had a geriactric spay as a kiten- it can be very difficult to find an incision scar once the site heals because the incision should be tiny.
post #18 of 26
I just thought of something else that might be of help to you - sometimes when shelters or vets spay/netuer a kitty they will very gently make a small clip in their ear (like the equivelant of us having an ear pierced- but not as bad) to show that the kitty has been spayed My Velvet has one of her ears tipped like that - the shelter did that before we adopted her so if she ever got loose- other people/vets/shelters would know she had been altared. Also- you can request that when you have your kitty spayed - the vet open up the kity in an X shape fashion (many still do a straight line- so it makes it harder to tell if they've been altared- but around here they've started to make tiny little x-shaped incisions and close them up that way so that others will know if it's ever questioned that the kitty has definitely been spayed / And also one other suggestion for you- when purchasing an ID tag for your pet ....you can have (spayed) or (neutered) engraved on it when you get it
post #19 of 26
I don't know what to say on this subject.
The Cat Brats came from a "Spayed" cat.... She had the stitches, the scar, everything.... but was NOT spayed.
But with males, you can tell almost immediatly.... their cotton balls aren't as fluffy
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by Dixie_Darlin View Post
I don't know what to say on this subject.
The Cat Brats came from a "Spayed" cat.... She had the stitches, the scar, everything.... but was NOT spayed.
But with males, you can tell almost immediatly.... their cotton balls aren't as fluffy
I remember when that happened That "vet" deserves to be shot!
post #21 of 26
The funniest thing that I've ever had a vet do:

We found our OTB Shep when she was about 4 years old. We brought her to the vet to find out if she was spayed or not. He flipped her on her back and was feeling around her abdomen trying to find a spay scar. Scars sometimes thicken and you can feel them. Then he flipped her on her feet, lifted up her tail to examine her backside and proclaimed "she has a butt!".

He couldn't find the scar and even though she was an indoor/outdoor cat, she never got pregnant. The vet told us that even if he had shaved her, he may not find the scar and we didn't want to put her thru unnecessary surgery.
post #22 of 26
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The funniest thing that I've ever had a vet do:

We found our OTB Shep when she was about 4 years old. We brought her to the vet to find out if she was spayed or not. He flipped her on her back and was feeling around her abdomen trying to find a spay scar. Scars sometimes thicken and you can feel them. Then he flipped her on her feet, lifted up her tail to examine her backside and proclaimed "she has a butt!".

He couldn't find the scar and even though she was an indoor/outdoor cat, she never got pregnant. The vet told us that even if he had shaved her, he may not find the scar and we didn't want to put her thru unnecessary surgery.
The vet actually said that!!? How funny..........

I also dont wanna put her through any unnecassasry surgery....
post #23 of 26
I'll share this with you, and it's going to make you laugh. When Scratch came to live with us, we really couldn't tell. All of his documentation said he was a boy, but his sister was in the same cage so there could have been a mix up. I had to take him into the vet and have her tell me.

Poor Scratch, he was traumatized by being taken out of his only home, stuck in an apartment with 8-Bit, and then taken to the vet and molested. No wonder it took him a while to come out from under the big red chair. I'd be upset too.
post #24 of 26
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The vet actually said that!!? How funny..........
Yes he did. Then again, he's the same vet that we took to a Jimmy Buffett concert and on the way back from the concert, left butt prints on our van's window when he mooned the car behind us. From that moment on, I realized that vet's are just human too.......

Sorry for the tangent......
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
Yes he did. Then again, he's the same vet that we took to a Jimmy Buffett concert and on the way back from the concert, left butt prints on our van's window when he mooned the car behind us. From that moment on, I realized that vet's are just human too.......

Sorry for the tangent......
Thats my kinda vet!!
post #26 of 26
also, we shave the girl dog's bellies at the shelter to check for a spay scar.
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