Spaying, or an ovariohysterectomy, is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of the female animal. This surgery eliminates "heat" periods, prevents pregnancy and uterine infections, and reduces the chance of mammary cancer.
A spay is a major surgery which is performed under general anesthesia, and will require your cat to stay one night at the clinic. Upon arriving home, there are several things you can do to help with your cat's recovery:
- Do not allow your cat to eat or drink for 2 hours when she first arrives home. Animals tend to be excited and may overeat, leading to vomiting.
- Keep your cat as clean and dry as possible. Do not bathe your cat for at least 10 days following surgery.
- Inspect the surgical site twice daily. Notify the doctor if you see swelling, bleeding or discharge from the incision.
- Do not allow your cat to excessively lick the incision site.
- Restrict activity and keep your cat indoors for at least 10-14 days.
- Suture removal is not required.
- Notify the doctor if your cat is not eating or drinking, appears depressed, or is vomiting.