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Would you let cat stay 48 hours at vet's after spay because of opening hours?

post #1 of 14
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So I brought in my two kittens to be spayed on Thursday, only to find out that the vet had the stormac flu and went home. I went home with my cats, and asked when they could get them in. I was told they are completely booked until the very end of the month, but because the 5 mo. old may possibly be pregnant already (see my post in the pregnant section) they are willing to squeeze them in on Saturday morning. On Sunday they are closed, although someone will come in to check and observe them. They said I have to leave them there until Monday morning though. I think that's a bit long, but the alternative is to not spay until end of the month, which means my possibly pregnant one will be much further along so may not be able to be spayed at all until after the babies.
But anyway, a friend of mine works at that vet's office, and I wonder if I should ask her if she could go over there on Sunday and let me pick up the kittens... Or is that tacky? I mean, does it matter much for the cats? The 5 mo old kitten is very layed back and tolerant, while the 4 mo old is more skittish and freakes out more easily. I would think that they can be in the same cage at the vet's, but not sure about this. What would you do?
post #2 of 14
Can't you do a same-day pickup? Most kitten are available to go home after a few hours... They only like ot keep them for monitoring but if they are closed you would be the best one to monitor.

In my opinion, those cats will be terrified after being spayed. They will want to leave and the longer they are there the more it will imprint on them how evil the vet is. If you can't get them home Saturday I would personally not want to do it.

You have a complicated situation with your pregnant girl. I've been thinking about it for a while and I still don't know how i feel about it. I want to say one thing and when I go to type it, it just feels wrong. I don't think there is any good answer. Your girl is young and would have a hard time delivering most likely so it would be safer...but if shes really far along....maybe they could do a cesarian/spay - I don't even know if they do that.... Ugh I have no idea....
post #3 of 14
I know vets vary but I have usually been able to pick up my cats on the same day. If the vet knows you and your monitoring skills they ahould be OK with that, I hope.
post #4 of 14
They will be fine to stay at the vets an extra day. Or the other option is to have the older one spayed saturday, and the younger one done at the end of the month. If it were me, I would take them both this weekend.

After the spay, they will be a little groggy. Ask that they be given pain control, and that will help them feel better. By staying in a cage, they will be less active.

Ideally, they would come home the next day, but I would not worry if they stay an extra day. I would also check with the friend who works there, and just ask her if it would be tacky to ask her to let you bring them home Sun!

Best of luck!
post #5 of 14
I myself have always picked up my kitty the same day. I think they tend to do better at home, they are less uneased.. Because they know where they are unlike the vet they hate the vet lol.
post #6 of 14
I would ask to take them home on Saturday evening. They will be fine. They will be all alone from Saturday evening through Monday morning otherwise, with the probable exception of someone stopping by to feed them morning and evening. It's better to avoid that if possible. But I would definitely not put off s/n any longer so if it comes down to it, I'd say better to have them alone over Sunday rather than wait.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Can't you do a same-day pickup? Most kitten are available to go home after a few hours... They only like ot keep them for monitoring but if they are closed you would be the best one to monitor.
this is what i always do - take them in the morning, & pick them up in the afternoon. i schedule spays for days when i don't have to work.
post #8 of 14
We requested to bring Mika home the same day as her spay with the promise that we would keep a close eye on her and if we were uncertain about how she was doing that we would take her back in or to an emergency vet.

I would suggest you be firm about wanting to bring them home on Saturday night myself. I would much prefer to have my kitties home with me than all alone in a cage at the vet's office over the weekend.
post #9 of 14
I've always done a same-day pickup with spays and neuters--that's probably the best solution to the problem.
Either that, or you can try to get your friend to open up the office and pick them up for you Sunday--maybe offer her a Sunday dinner or some other sort of "reward" for doing you a favor.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well, I asked about bringing them home Sat. evening, but they are closed, I guess. But that too, is making me feel uncomfortable, to have the office closed so much. Then they are mostly alone, just someone checking now and then (probably not often if they're closed).

Anyway, I thought I had sent this post already, but I guess I forgot...
Here's an update: I called again, talked to a different lady, and she said they got a cancellation for Monday morning, where they can do one cat. So I ended up scheduling Jasmine (the possibly pregnant one) for Monday, and I got Senja down for the 30th. She'll be 4 1/2 mo. at that point. I'll be careful about not letting her out until that's done.
So they won't be done at the same time, but at least they will get it done and not having to stay extra hours/days. I feel OK with this. The lady I talked to now, said that Senja (the one who tends to get real scared and freaked out) will have some more time to bond and relax until it's her turn. The only thing that is still bugging me, when I think about it, is that she won't have her "sister" there to calm her. Jasmine has a calming effect on Senja, and it would have been nice to let them be together.
I just feel like screaming at the whole deal! I don't know what to do anymore... But how about if they give Senja something to calm her nerves while she's recovering? That might help?
post #11 of 14
Senja will probably be "out of it" following the spay, and won't require any kind of tranquillizer. Can you insist that you pick her up the same day, once the anesthetic has worn off?
post #12 of 14
I agree. When we had our girl spayed (when she was 6 mo old) she was so doped up from coming out of the anesthetic (sp?) and from the pain killer shot that they gave her that she just passed out and slept all through the next day. When she woke up later she was her normal happy self, running and jumping all over (despite our efforts to discourage her!)
One thing, you might need to request a pain killer shot. When we took our kitties, the pain killer shot was not covered by the voucher we had from the shelter, so we had to "ask" for it and pay extra. I guess then that some people can opt to not give their pets the pain killer, but who knows.
Good luck with her spay!
~Julia
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
What a big mess!!!
I got a phone call from my friend who works for the vet, and she said that she'd be willing to come Sunday at 4PM to let them home with me. So now I called back and rescheduled them both to be spayed on Sat. morning! Phew!!! At least now they will be done together and I'll get them back the day after. And she said that once they are awake, they will let them be together in the same cage. That's a good thing for sure!
Thank's everyone, for hearing me out on all my troubles and concerns! I'll let you know how it went!!! Now I just need to remember to keep them fasting tonight! Wouldn't that be something, if I forgot! I'd be soooo mad!! LOL
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by jlutgendorf
I agree. When we had our girl spayed (when she was 6 mo old) she was so doped up from coming out of the anesthetic (sp?) and from the pain killer shot that they gave her that she just passed out and slept all through the next day. When she woke up later she was her normal happy self, running and jumping all over (despite our efforts to discourage her!)
One thing, you might need to request a pain killer shot. When we took our kitties, the pain killer shot was not covered by the voucher we had from the shelter, so we had to "ask" for it and pay extra. I guess then that some people can opt to not give their pets the pain killer, but who knows.
Good luck with her spay!
~Julia
i didn't get the pain shot for mine, because of the sleeping. by the next day, they acted like nothing had been done - i think the little ones just recover quickly - & sleep thru the worst of the pain, as well!
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