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post #1 of 16
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Ok so this is bothering me Ive been researching about neutering, caring for wounds what to look for etc...But whats bothering me is that thru all this research Ive done everything says that the vet makes an incision in the scrotum sack not the belly, yet Hercules has an incision in his belly...Have any of you had the incision in the belly? And if so was is sutured shut? Herc has no stitches at all and his wound looks good but still the fact that he was done in the belly bothers me.
post #2 of 16
The only time I've seen an incision on the belly is when there was an undescended testicle. Some vets just glue the incisions shut, without stitches, but I've never dealt with a vet who does that.
post #3 of 16
I agree.
Maybe one testicle was still inside.
post #4 of 16
I've never had a male cat, but when we had our male puppy neutered, he had an undescended testicle and had an incision on his belly.

When Hannah was spayed, she had internal stitches that dissolved and her incision was "glued" shut. Worked like a charm!

Stephanie
post #5 of 16
My cousin's kitty was fully cryptorchid, and the vet had to cut him in 3 places to find his testicles. Poor little guy. But he did have stitches.

Do you mean your cat has a open incision? My dog had an open incision after neutering but that was at the base of his testicles, not on his belly. And I've never been able to see a cat's neuter incision at all. I think they usually just make a slit right in the scrotum for cats instead of making the incision at the base of the scrotum like they do for dogs.

Maybe you should ask your vet if Herc had an undescended testicle or if he does neuters differently than most vets. I don't see why a vet would go inside for a normal neuter, but one rabbit website said that some vets will do an internal neuter, and you need to avoid that kind of surgery for rabbits. So maybe some vets do internal neuters for cats? Weird.
post #6 of 16
I would definately call and ask, just to put your mind at ease

I've never heard of it, and am glad you brought it up.... in case it every does happen. Please do let us know what the vet says.

I've got 2 more boys to neuter here shortly (my vet doesn't do them untill 6mos) but on Kizzy, I couldn't see the stiches in his scrotum...the area was swollen, and even tho they shaved a bit, Kizzy still has a lot of fur.... My vet uses dissolvable stiches.
post #7 of 16
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It is still shut its not opened at all. He seems fine from it..I never noticed Hercules testicles whether they were both there or not so I called the clinic and they said he had an undescended hootie hence the belly incision....Hmmmm I never noticed but then again I never spent much time looking there. But update for today he slept with me all night and is still doing fine his incision looks good..Still shut no oozies or ickiness and he is playing like normal eating and going potty...

**Ohh for those of you that remember long ago my first post about his stinky pee..Guess what ITS GONE!! No more stinky pee no more waking up and running for the cat room to scoop pee cuz he smells..Ahhh its like heaven!!! LOL**
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by 3CatsN1Dog View Post
It is still shut its not opened at all. He seems fine from it..I never noticed Hercules testicles whether they were both there or not so I called the clinic and they said he had an undescended hootie hence the belly incision....Hmmmm I never noticed but then again I never spent much time looking there. But update for today he slept with me all night and is still doing fine his incision looks good..Still shut no oozies or ickiness and he is playing like normal eating and going potty...
Interesting

I'm glad he's doing well, and thanks for updating with the cause of the belly incision for those of us who've never seen that.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
No problem...I didnt think to look at his incision while he was there I was so worried the whole time about just making sure he was alive and well and that he made it thru ok and all that jazz. Plus then driving like an old lady the whole time down and back..I kept thinking I wish I had a giant back window sticker that said furbaby on board will drive slow..LOL...When I got home I noticed his bum wasnt shaved and thats when I found his incision on the belly...But as long as he is safe and healthy it is all ok thats just most important for me...*Hes staring out the windown watching the birdies fly around now....Such a happy little boy..Im really glad I got him fixed now it makes me feel like a responsible meowmy now..And GiGi has an appt for November 7th to get spayed!
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by 3CatsN1Dog View Post
**Ohh for those of you that remember long ago my first post about his stinky pee..Guess what ITS GONE!! No more stinky pee no more waking up and running for the cat room to scoop pee cuz he smells..Ahhh its like heaven!!! LOL**
LOL! This is because he was an intact male, the hormonal smell of their urine is unbelievably strong. It drove us out of the room a couple times too, I feel your pain. Mine has been neutered recently as well, and I have also noticed the smell fading more and more. I laughed when I read this, it's familiar to me too.
post #11 of 16
This is why it is important (IMO) to get "personal" if you have a male. Before taking Ari in at 4 months, I made sure both testicles had descended.
post #12 of 16
The only reason there would be an abdominal incision for a neuter is if your kitty was a cryptorchid- meaning one (or both!) of his testicles weren't descended. The vet would have to go internally to get the testicle.

Also, if your kitty had a hernia (umbilical hernias are fairly common) they would fix it while he was under.

But other than that there is no reason he should have an abdominal incision......
post #13 of 16
Glad all is OK. I'm so so so so glad all went well! for another safe trip on Nov 7!
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
He is still doing good..Hes getting a bit testy when I try and check his belly hes getting really sick of me petting him and loving him up just to sneak a peak at his incision..One thing I was wondering..Neosporin??? Good or bad to put on his incision..I know he helps healing and infection and all that but one I was worried he would lick it off and 2 I was worried because if the incision stays moist it wouldnt heal as fast...I have been trying to restrict his movement and his playing but needless to say hes stubborn as a mule. He STILL chases Fatman around constantly it hasnt gotten to to the point where they are one big ball of fur rolling down the hallway because thankfully one of us has been inside to stop it. Right now though he is being calm and relaxing in his favorite spot watching the birdies..I have a towel on the kitchen table for him to sleep on and two in the bay window on the ledge he sleeps on so that was theres some cushion for him..
post #15 of 16
Our kitties romped a bit after their spays (to which this is more comparable). It's hard not to fret... but as long as it's not red or inflamed, he's not going nuts with the jumping and rough-housing - and he's not picking at it or going nuts licking at it - he should be just fine.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
He hasnt been licking it at all. I caught him once and scared the holy potatoes out of him because I ran over to the kitchen table and yelled no no no Hercules no licking..BF and I have this thing about the cats grooming themselves on the couch or table so we taught them not to do it by saying "No dingy licking" (mostly this was for Franklin but it worked with Herc and Fatman too) I mean really who wants to see an animal going to town on themselves..But since then he hasnt been licking it at all Ive been checking it numerous times a day making sure his fur isnt in it its not looking infected or anything like that...So far so good..I feel like Im being a worry wart but this is my first time going thru a neutering alone the other cats Ive had growing up my mom took care of all of that stuff. I just want to make sure that hes ok. The vet told me too that if I felt it was necessary I could get liquid bandaid to help aid in the healing and making sure everything was going good..I dont know if Im going to try it because I dont want it to be something hes going to end up licking off.
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