Tame Your Territorial Tomcat!

Male cat neutering

The decision to neuter your male cat will be one of the biggest choices you make when it comes to your cat’s health and welfare. Neutering your male cat not only prevents unwanted pregnancies occurring, but it also curbs unwanted behavioural patterns and reduces the risk of certain diseases.

We explain why it is so important to castrate your male cat, and what to expect when caring for your pet after their operation.

What is castration?

Castration is the term used for the neutering of males (tomcats). It is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia. It involves removing the testicles whilst the scrotum is left behind. Each scrotum is incised and is left open to drain, so the wound is not stitched.

Why should I neuter my tomcat?

If you are not going to breed your cat, Medivet strongly advise that you have him neutered for the following reasons:

  1. Prevents unwanted pregnancies in the neighbourhood
  2. Helps prevent your cat from wandering onto roadways or getting into fights
  3. Prevents your cat from spraying urine indoors as they like to mark their territory
  4. Neutered pets live longer!

Neutered pets may be more prone to weight gain and therefore you may need to adjust his diet accordingly. Feeding him a low-calorie diet such as “Hill’s Neutered Cat” can help.

When will he be sent home after surgery?

Usually the same day. He will be admitted in the morning and discharged later that evening. If he is still very drowsy, we may keep him in overnight at one of our 24-hour centres, but this is not usually necessary.

What should I feed him pre-op?

The last intake of food he can have before the operation is at 8.00pm the night before. After this time, he cannot eat anything (do ensure he has access to water overnight though). We can provide you with a specially formulated food upon discharge (Hill’s i/d). It is highly palatable and easily digestible, which is important after an anaesthetic as he may have a delicate stomach and will be hungry from not having eaten all day.

What exercise can he do?

For the first few days you should ideally keep him indoors with a litter tray, and try to prevent him from jumping and climbing stairs during this time.

What wound care will he need?

We ask you just to monitor the wound at home. We can also send him home with an Elizabethan or Boobooloon collar to prevent him licking at the wound. We will explain your cat’s specific care needs upon discharge.

How long will his stitches stay in?

Great news – there are no stitches!

When should I return to the vet?

We always perform a post-op check after 2 to 3 days. This is to ensure your cat has recovered well and to answer any questions you may have.

What does the cost of the procedure cover?

The cost of the castration includes a pre-operative health check, the operation itself, an analgesic (pain relief) injection, and a post-op check 2 to 3 days later.

If you have difficulty getting time off work, then please discuss this with your local Medivet practice as we can usually accommodate you dropping your pet off early before work and collecting them once you have finished.

Did you know that members of the Medivet Healthcare Plan receive 10% off Neutering? 

At Medivet, we are always happy to assist you with any queries that you have about your pet’s health and welfare.

To find your nearest Medivet practice, use our online practice finder.

For more information about the benefits of neutering your pet, please read our blog titled 'Why Neuter Your Pet?'

Posted June 19, 2015 in Preventative Healthcare

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