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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
It's really time for me to get my little Nismo spayed. I've been hanging off for financial reasons and thinking we would wait until summer when we have more money but I'm terrified of her going into heat and keeping us awake all night (she doesn't get outside). She's just turned 6 months so this is the perfect time. However, I have a question. She weighs less than 6lbs and is tiny, she just doesn't look old enough
Do they have to be a certain weight to go under aneasthetic (sp?). I'm going to try and book her in for a week on Mon as I have the day off so will be here when she needs me
I've been through all these feelings before, when I got Sleeves neutered but I just feel like she is the baby and spaying is much more invasive. Please just tell me she'll be ok
post #2 of 29
It's OK Lauren. We all feel like that. She will be fine. As far as bringing her on that day becasue you have it off, most likely you will not be able to pick her up until the end of that day. Some vets even keep them overnight.
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
Ok I'll need to check that out and if they do keep her I'll take the next day off, or finish work early to pick her up.
What do you think about her weight?
post #4 of 29
Abby was around 8 months old and about 5 pounds when she was spayed, so I don't think it is a problem.
post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
Ok Thanks Karen. I'm sure everybody is the same. It's just such a horrible thought that they don't know whats going on and why you have sent them to a wierd place I'll get over it. The sooner we get it done the better. I'm just looking at her now curled up on her chair she's so tiny

Just tell me to shut up I'm having a sappy day
post #6 of 29
I'm sure she be fine. It's us that make a fuss about it, they look at you and you feel as if you are betraying them. It is not usual for vets in the UK to keep them over night, Chloe came home about 2 hours after her op.
Anne
post #7 of 29
I just had My Lily spayed a few weeks ago she only weighed 5 1/2 pounds.And then I had Reily neutered this Monday. He weighed about the same . Both times I worried to death, its normal to worry about are babies . I think the most important thing is make sure she doesn't have any food or water for the time your vet tells you to. This way you will be sure she won't have any problems. I also chose to have the pre-op blood work done as this will help the vet make sure she is fine to go ahead with with the spay. Try not to worry she will be fine..
post #8 of 29
Kaylee just finished being in heat!
I kept her in a jail because not only did she howl at teufel to root her but she was peeing all over the place!

Have you ever seen a desexed boy trying to mount the girl and then she is still not satisfied?

Kaylee is actually a bit old She was booked in last month but then my dad sold the car so i had no way of getting to the vet, And this monday we have the new car, so kaylee is booked in, in 2 weeks

I am just as scared as you are because its a bigger process for a girl
post #9 of 29
I am sure both ladies will be fine... to the moms
post #10 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by AbbysMom
Abby was around 8 months old and about 5 pounds when she was spayed, so I don't think it is a problem.


Yep Trout was only about 5 pounds at 6 months when we spayed her...She'll be alright!!
post #11 of 29
Lauren she'll be fine. Over here as long as they weigh over 3lb their ok to get spayed.

Your best getting her done while she's the age she is though.

I didn't have the computer at home when Rosie and Sophie were getting spayed otherwise i would have been on here to take my mind off it, instead i cleaned the house from top to bottom!.
post #12 of 29
Spritzer, Scampi & Betsy got spayed at 12 weeks and weighed 3-4lbs. I'm sure Nismo will be fine.
post #13 of 29
8 weeks or 2 lbs is what the vets around here that I go to say, so I get it done right at 8 weeks unless there is a problem or the cat has a respritory infection.
post #14 of 29
Here they have to be 3 pounds to spay them. When I got Baby Girl and Otis from the shelter they spayed them before they sent them home. Two weeks later Baby Girl only weighed 2.3 pounds but I didn't know that until after I had taken her to the vet for her next round of shots. So your baby should be fine
post #15 of 29
I just had my 2 spayed & neutered this past Thursday. Little Big Man was 5 1/2 months, Rocky (who I embarassedly discovered is really Rockette) was spayed, she is 9 months. They are doing it now sometimes when kittens are 2-3 months old, and I know she will be fine.

I went through exactly the same thing though. I kept crying that they won't understsand why they'r being taken away, that they'll think I'm abandoning them, especially Rocky-Rockette who was born here, and I was driving myself crazy, and crying, and feeling so bad and guilty.

But I also kept reminding myself of the fact that by dong this it lowers their risk of some cancers, it keeps them from being miserable when they go into heat, and I'm doing it when they're young, so they will heal very quickly, and forget about it.

They'll be so glad to be back home, they'll forget that they went in the first place! Rocky-Rockette, who I thought would hate me, by Friday night was already rolling over for me to rub her belly (which of course I won't do until she's healed), and both of them were bringing me their toys to play with by then too (although I didn't because it's a good idea to keep them from running and jumping for at least a week, so I don't want them getting too excited).

These guys seem to jump back from this kind of thing much faster than we do, and once it's over (and we probably feel worse than they do) it's over, and then you all can look forward to a happy, healthy wonderful life together.

Take comfort in the fact they won't hate you. They'll hate the vet. LOL

PS: I also take comfort in the fact nothing grows back and I don't have to do it again!
post #16 of 29
Anesthesia is extremely safe even for very small animals. Kittens are routinely spayed when they weigh 2 pounds. 6 pounds is huge by comparison!
post #17 of 29
Awww, Lauren! Nismo will do just fine!

Molly was teeny when she was spayed and was just fine - even decided to finish the job and remove stitches!
post #18 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone, I'm such a goofball. I just get a bit upset thinking about it but there's no way on this earth I'd let that get in the way of actually getting her spayed. She's getting it done, full stop.
I now have a question about heat. I don't know if this should go in another thread or not? Well yesterday afternoon and night she just howled her head off, at nothing. She seemed to do it most when she was in one corner of our lounge so I wasn't sure if she was seeing these things they see that we don't (you all know what I'm talking about ). Then Sleeves was cleaning her and she was lying on her front and he was on her back and there she was lifting her backside into the air in a very suggestive manner, I think I'm going to be mentally scared by it Lol. Anyway she was rolling around the floor last night and I thougt, I've jinxed it by asking about it on here, she's gone into heat.
However she didn't make a sound through the night and she seems absolutely fine today. Is heat a continuous thing over a few days or does it come and go over those days? I seem so clueless but all the cats we ever had when I was a child were shelter cats and were spayed/neutered before we got them.
Thanks everyone.
post #19 of 29
The fool proof way to tell if Nismo is in heat or not is to put your finger to the side of the base of her tail - if she moves it completely to the side - away from 'things' - then I would say it's a definite yes to being in heat!
post #20 of 29
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sar
The fool proof way to tell if Nismo is in heat or not is to put your finger to the side of the base of her tail - if she moves it completely to the side - away from 'things' - then I would say it's a definite yes to being in heat!
Ok I just did this and she lifted her butt in the air like she does when she wants you to rub her just above the tail base. I really don't think she is in heat I think she just sat ghosts in my living room
Either way she's getting spayed ASAP because I couldn't stand for her to have to go through what she went through last night everyday.
post #21 of 29
Butt in the air and rolling around sounds like heat.
Is she normally a quiet girl? Missy didn't meow much through her heats, just lots of rolling around and rubbing on things like chair legs.

Check with your vet, apparently some don't like to spay during a heat cycle.
post #22 of 29
When i took Rosie in they took her in to be checked over and the nurse came back out asking me if she was in heat?. I said i didn't know because she was a vocal cat anyway, but she asked was she licking down below more than normal because she was red which is another sign, i said no more than normal because she was always cleaning herself.

I was told to leave her while the vet took another look, because if she had of been in heat they couldn't operate because they said her uterus etc... would be so fragile and fall apart otherwise.

Anyway she was fine, but the vet will know when you take her in.
post #23 of 29
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I've booker her in I told the vet I thought she was in heat and they said it should be over by Fri anyway but they would check her. I'm actually finding it hard to think about it without getting tearful. she goes in on Friday so that I can watch her on Sat. She will not need to stay over night.
post #24 of 29
Awww Lauren don't worry chick Weve all been there and if it helps i bawled my eyes out both times when i had to hand them over to the nurse

Just remember they do this sort of procedure everyday so to them it's like doing your nomal tasks at the office.

I think the thing that upsets us is that they don't know whats happening to them, and can't understand why your leaving them behind, because i'll never forget Sophies little face as long as i live as if to say " where are they taking me mum?! ", and thats what started me crying

I'm filling up now just thinking of it
post #25 of 29
Yes, Lauren, I agree that if she is in heat, it should be over by Friday! Everything will be just fine!

It is so hard to leave our babies at the vets and the worry is terrible! Just keep yourself busy and prepare everything for Nismo on her return home!

When Molly was spayed, I got a 'goody bag' of things for her! It contained some light chicken and rice wet food (to be gentle on her tum), her e-collar and some other bits and bobs!
post #26 of 29
Oh i did as well Sarah!. It was a special nursing food for them.

I didn't get my e-collar though, i had to pay £1.50 for that but i kept Rosies for Sophie
post #27 of 29
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rosiemac
I think the thing that upsets us is that they don't know whats happening to them, and can't understand why your leaving them behind, because i'll never forget Sophies little face as long as i live as if to say " where are they taking me mum?! ", and thats what started me crying

I'm filling up now just thinking of it
This is exactly it. I have to go to work on Friday so at least I'll have this place to keep my mind occupied lol. The vet is just 2 mins up the road from where I work so it's fine for me dropping her off, and I'll leave work early to pick her up.
Unfortunately Mark has an exam on Friday so I'm going it alone
Marks brother will be around to make sure Sleeves is ok though.
I'll have to get her some goodies poor little thing. Maybe she'll have her sweeties from her Aunty Sarah by then too
Unfortunately Sleeves is going to have to starve the night before too because it would be impossible to keep her off his food.
post #28 of 29
Can you not give sleeves his food in a room on his own?, because thats what i did with Rosie.

I just put her up in their room and shut her in for an hour when it was feeding time.

You'll be a lot better being on the site where we can keep you calm
post #29 of 29
Oh she definitely will have her sweetie by then, Lauren! (Will be popping to the PO tomorrow, as it was jammed today )

I know what you mean about having to starve Sleeves too! I have to starve all three of mine if one has to go to the vets

I bet they'll both enjoy their treats after Nismo gets home!
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