Meet Devon! This little chap was brought into one of the Kernow Veterinary Group Ltd surgeries for an operation to castrate him. For some a scary thought! But not for Devon as you can see from the pictures of him soon AFTER his anaesthetic and operation. It really is just one of those things that little male cats need to go through on their journey to a long, happy and healthy life.
His owner brought him to the Kernow Veterinary Group Ltd Lostwithiel surgery here in Cornwall pre-starved on the morning of his operation – so no breakfast for Devon that day. Devon and his owner where greeted by one of our admissions nurses. She went through the procedure details and the consent form and then examined Devon to make sure he was fit for his operation. Once tucked up in the comfort of our cat only ward, Devon received his pre-anaesthetic medication. This is given to help all our patients feel relaxed before any operations, slightly sleepy, contains pain relief for during and after the operation, and means that we can use less strong an anaesthetic, so very much safer.
Castration means his testicles are completely removed; this is through a small incision in the scrotum just under his bottom. This is so small it only very rarely needs stitches. Castration is termed a minor routine procedure involving a short general anaesthetic. Devon was monitored throughout his anaesthetic by a veterinary nurse and also monitored throughout his short recovery period. Two hours after his surgery Devon was playing happily in his kennel as you can see from the pictures. His owners were updated during his recovery period and came to collect him later the same day. His owners were extremely pleased to have this special boy home, and to reunite him with his sister. They were both found as strays when they were just tiny kittens.
Here are just some of the benefits of neutering your cat
- Reduction of roaming. This means a reduction in numbers of cats injured or killed in road traffic accidents. They will also be far less likely to go missing.
- Reduction in fighting. This means a reduction in infected wounds and abscesses and spread of infection. FIV (feline aids) is spread this way and as a fatal disease with no current vaccine available then keeping fights to a minimum is saving lives.
- Neutering of cats is also likely to reduce the risk of urine spraying.
- Reduction of unwanted kittens and strays
- In female cats, neutering will get rid of the risk of pregnancy and its complications, as well as ovarian and uterine diseases. There is also a significant reduction of the risk of mammary tumours.
So really when you weigh it all up then it has to be the right thing to do.
If you would like more information on neutering your pet, please give the practice a call. A free pre-operative nurse clinic can be arranged to answer any questions or concerns you may have.