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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'm planning to schedule an appointment tomorrow for Deuce to be neutered next week.

Couple of questions....

Is 5 - 6 months too young?

How many of you have had to have your cat stay overnight at the vet clinic after the neuter? My regular vet does that, but considering I'm unemployed right now, I'm going with a less expensive clinic in another town and they let the cats go home at the end of the day.
post #2 of 9
My cats never hve stayed overnight when they got fixed except for Yoshi.
That was only because it was done right before they closed.
I only use vets though.
Male cats act niormal as soon as they get home.
He is not to young.
My last male was 3 months old.
post #3 of 9
As long as the surgery is done early enough in the day, , so that he is awake before bringing him home, he should be fine.

You'll just have to keep a close eye on him is all, because he will be uncoordinated from the anesthesia. Keep him away from stairways, and from trying to jump on things.

The clinic should give you a print out of post op care and what to expect. Most say no food until the next day, (to prevent vomiting) but in my experience the if kitty is hungry a very small amount of food every hour or two is okay.

Keep us posted!
post #4 of 9
I've always taken a the few males I had done away from home back with me immediately, and a couple of times, still zonked out and shut in the carrier. I just leave them parked in the carrier until they regain balance and movement. Same applies to the ones done right on the farm - put in carriers when still out of it and left to sleep it off for a few hours. The honest answer to when to castrate is when both testicles are descended and large enough to grasp and that time can range from a couple of months to almost two years. Fishing for undescended testes is overrated and not easy in small animals, and come to think of it, not fun in large animals either. So, if they are both down, go ahead, if they are not, wait a while.

My former vet told me once the cat can get out of a bathtub, it is recovered sufficiently from anaesthetic to function. That still is my chosen method for house cats. Here, the tub is in the basement and once they manage the tub and stairs, they are ready for a very light meal.
post #5 of 9
5-6 months is not too young, cats can be done from 8 weeks old.

At my vets they are taken in early morning and come home late afternoon.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
OK, thanks everyone.

This is not my first time around the block with this. It is just that my normal vet keeps them overnight and I'm going with a different vet in order to conserve money since I have no job right now.

Deuce does not live with me yet. He lives in a house alone that I'm working on. I have 2 large dog cages there (for when I have to evacuate from hurricanes) and I will put those two together, doors open to each other, with food, water, & litter box. He won't be able to jump with that setup and I will be there the very next morning. I go there every day.
post #7 of 9
From my that some of the cats I saw were quite sedate and chilled out from the meds but Hercules was a little crazy at first...He wasnt kept over night just for an hourish after the surgery. He is doing fine sleeping on the kitchen table he has eaten a bit but not pig out like normal. So I think you should just make sure you get any information from the vet especially what to look for should something go wrong. Also find out what kind of incision your going to have to look out for. I didnt know and I thought that his hootie sack was going to get snipped open but he just has a little slice in the lower half of his belly. Basically what I was told was to keep him warm for 4-6 hours afterwards, give water first before foods, keep from jumping around and rough housing, and to watch for yellowish discharge and a ripped open wound.
post #8 of 9
The trick we have used when we brought them home still woozy was put them in a fairly high-sided cardboard box. They'll sleep in there, and stay in it until they're pretty well alert, because they can't get out of it, otherwise.

We learned this from our first cat. He would stand up, start walking, start to lose his balance, and keep stumbling faster and faster until he ran into something, like a wall.
post #9 of 9
When Utu was neutered it took about 30mins to do the operation, and he woke up very quickly after that and I took him home. He was pretty 'drunk' for few hours and I kept him in the bathroom over the night (the procedure was done in the evening) and the next morning he was fine.
I still feel a bit quilty for laughing at him while he was acting like drunk.. But it was so hilarious, he even sat in front of his litter box and puked in there like humans do with their toilets..poor kitty.
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