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Kitten Spaying Arrrgghhh

post #1 of 27
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Hi,

Was wondering if anyone can give me some advice......... My two kittens - Female ( 6 months ) go to the vet tommorrow to be spayed. I am in a state. I feel sick, and can't stop fearing the worst :-(

Please can anyone give me some advice on what the best thing to do is when I bring them home. I really hope they will be OK ?!
post #2 of 27
Awwwwww i remember you were getting worried last week! Don't worry they'll be fine

My vet gave me a list of do's and don'ts such as keeping them in a warm quiet room while they recover, don't let them jump any heights, and don't let them lick their wound, if they havent got an e-collar i would get one from the vets just in case because Sophie pulled one of her stitches out

They'll probably have a painkiller already in them but i would ask at the surgery.

You know were all here for you!

Just wanted to add that i kept a litter tray with food and water downstairs so they wouldn't climb
post #3 of 27
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I just feel like I am doing the wrong thing. They looked at me this morning with their little eyes and they looked so cute..... I just thought I am going to put them through all this pain........

When Sophie pulled out her stitches, what happened ?

Thanks x
post #4 of 27
Take it from me your not doing the wrong thing!. If anything your preventing them from catching breast cancer which is what my vet said when i asked if Rosie needed spayed as she was going to be an indoor cat.

Sophie managed to get her e-collar off because it wasn't on tight enough, and when i got home that evening to take her to the vets for her post spay check up which was only 2 days after her surgery, i noticed the collar was off and went straight over to look and noticed that there was one of her four stitches missing.

There was no discharge and when they examined Sophie they said that there was another layer of stitches inside her anyway but that it was healing fine but to still keep the e-collar on her.

Your vet mey give subcut sutures which are done on the inside which means you probably won't need an e-collar. Sophie was supposed to have these herself but i was told that the incision was bigger than normal as they had a problem getting her uterus out

Oh and when i had to hand both of mine over to the nurse i bawled my eyes out, but i'm sure i wasn't the first that they saw nor the last!!
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jules35
I just feel like I am doing the wrong thing. They looked at me this morning with their little eyes and they looked so cute..... I just thought I am going to put them through all this pain........

When Sophie pulled out her stitches, what happened ?

Thanks x

NO NO you are definitely doing the right thing, and those babies will bounce back faster than you think What you are doing is totally in their best interest!!

and when you feel anxiety there are a million cat people here to lean on
post #6 of 27
You are definitely doing the right thing! For their health, their happiness, for your own sanity (two cats going in and out of heat constantly would NOT be pleasant!), and for the "just in case they ever got out".

Spaying is such a routine procedure, I'm sure your girls will be just fine. And Sharon is right - they will bounce back quicker than you ever thought possible!
post #7 of 27
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I know deep down I am doing the right thing, although its got my stomach turning circles....... I know I wont be able to sleep tonight for worry !!
My other half keeps saying everything will be fine and I trust him and you guys, although that aaaahhhh feeling is still settling in. I can't wait for tommorow to be over and to receive the call from the vets saying all is well...... !!

I have taken a couple of days off work to look after them and to give them cuddles !

I'' let you know how I get on, hopefully it should be over by lunch time x
post #8 of 27
Have you been told when to take their food and water bowls away as well?!
post #9 of 27
They will be fine, just keep them in a quiet place when they get home and give them lots of love!
post #10 of 27
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I have just got home and fed them tea. The vet said I had to take the bowls away at 8pm. They are allowed water overnight but I have to remover it before 8am tommorow morning

I have got the cat box out and ready and they sniffed it and jumped in ?? ?? ??
I thought they would leg it and stay away but they now love it and play - weird
post #11 of 27
That's good to hear that they love the cat carrier! It will make it much easier tomorrow morning!
post #12 of 27
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we have just been forecasted really bad snow here
just hope we can get to the vets !! !!

Thanks everyone for your support

FINGERS CROSSED
post #13 of 27
Thats the same times i was told as well.

Have you got far to travel for the vets?. Like Sam said thats great that they go into their carrier no problem Rosie runs when it comes out
post #14 of 27
Good luck with it. I am sure they will be fine.
post #15 of 27
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Well...... I took them at 8:45 this morning. They fidgeted in the box and then led down.
I handed them to the vets nurse and burst into tears - they said to call in at 1pm and the would let me know how it all went
God I didnt sleep last night
Feel terrible
wish 1 o clock would come quicker
post #16 of 27
Aww don't worry their in safe hands now

When i took Sophie in they said to ring about 2.p.m. to see how things were going.

They rang me at 1.20.p.m for me to go straight up and get her because she was crying the place down!!!

I walked into the surgery and you could hear her as clear as day, and she was upstairs!.

She soon stopped once she saw me but she was certainly letting people know that she was there!

Do what i did by keeping yourself busy. I was cleaning everything that didn't need cleaning!!
post #17 of 27
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well i called to check and they said that they had come around, smudge the tabby one was looking a bit poorly with her tounge out
is this normal ? am panicking more now
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jules35
well i called to check and they said that they had come around, smudge the tabby one was looking a bit poorly with her tounge out
is this normal ? am panicking more now
Have you seen them?

I think this is normal because have you ever seen animals on Animal Planet who have been operated on where their tongues are out on one side?.

I think this is so they don't swallow it?!
post #19 of 27
Smudge is just out of anaesthesia and will be groggy for a while - that is perfectly normal. The tongue thing is probably an effect of still being somewhat 'out of it' because of the anaesthetic. Give her a bit of time to shake off the rest of it. She is at the vets and they know what to look for if there is a problem. Cats react in different ways to the anaesthetic - for some of them it takes longer to recover than for others. Perhaps one of the vet techs on the list can give you some idea of what to expect. Did you ask you vet about it? He might be able to give you some idea a well.

I do know you are worried about her - and that is perfectly normal! I hope you hear very soon that both of them are up and raring to go home. How long do they have to stay at the vets? Mine required them to spend the night after a spay which was certainly hard on me!

Kathryn
post #20 of 27
I hope you can go to fetch your girls soon. I've had four females spayed in the past and they've all been absolutely fine.

I know you feel that you have done this to the kitties that you love - but it is best for them and I found that I seemed to worry about the whole thing much more than they did when the got home. I was on a knife edge wondering if they would do anything to damage themselves, and they just carried on as normal. Sometimes they look a bit drunk when they walk the first night as they are getting over the anaesthetic.

The advice you've been given above is all good; a warm, dry quiet place with everything in easy reach. Our vet advised a light meal the first night scrambled egg or chikcen and rice and plenty of water available.

Let us know how they get on. I'll be thinking of you
post #21 of 27
Kathryn normally in the UK, all being well we take them home the same day.

Sophie was back home after about 5 hours because she was up on her feet, wide awake and letting everyone know it!!
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Kathryn normally in the UK, all being well we take them home the same day.

Sophie was back home after about 5 hours because she was up on her feet, wide awake and letting everyone know it!!

Well, I must say I like this a lot better:-). Our vet wanted both Abbie and Freija to be at the clinic the night before surgery as well as keep them overnight the day of surgery. I said no, they would stay one night only and would bring them in the morning of their surgery, which is what I did. As it was, Abbie did have a reaction to the anaesthetic during the surgery and ended up going home that night with the vet so she could keep her under 24 hour supervision - her liver began to bleed spontaneously as a reaction to the ketamine anaesthetic - but Freija was absolutely fine and she could have come home if the vet had allowed. When I visited her after the surgery she was still pretty groggy though and even the next day after she came home she was very quiet.

Kathryn
post #23 of 27
They normally give you a list of do's and dont's, and what to watch our for, but most vets give you an emergency number should you be worried about anything like i was when Rosie was a bit under the weather after her jabs.

I don't know if like humans they think they will recover better in their own environment that this is why they don't keep them in.

Thats another question i'll be asking the vet when i take Sophie for a check up in a couple of weeks!
post #24 of 27
Hi Jules,

Was just curious about how your two little ones are doing today. I hope Smudge is recovering just fine now and that you three are all happily back at home, enjoying each other's company.

Kathryn
post #25 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hey,

Sorry I havn't posted sooner, been kitten sitting & bailing us out of snow
The came home last night and were as hyper as ever. They are both very well. There wounds look fine, clean had a little bit of blood last night but nothing terrible ( i think it might of been dry ) they slept well and woke us at the crack of dawn ( as usual ) scratching. I must admit I had a big grin on my face when they started scratching - usually I would hide under the duvet.
Smudge is sat next to me now fast asleep and Trouble is behind the couch by the radiator, she loves it there !!


Thanks everyone for your kind words and support

Here's to getting the stiches out

Jules

PS - Have they got stitches underneath the stitches, if you know what I mean, its just they only appear to have 3 stitches
post #26 of 27
Awww thats great to hear!

Yes there is, when Sophie pulled one of hers out the vet said there was another layer of stitches underneath
post #27 of 27
there are actually 3 layers of stitches one closing the abdominal wall, another closing the muscle layer, and then the ones you see the skin sutures.
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