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What age to fix male cat

Male cats usually need to be fixed at 6 months of age and females at 3 months.

Why do I need to fix my cat?

If you do not have your cat fixed, you are putting yourself and others at risk. This is because feral and stray cats have a higher incidence of disease and the possibility of transmitting diseases to humans.

These feral and stray cats also can be a nuisance. They are noisy and often spray or mark their territory.

You may not know it, but you and your family may have been exposed to these diseases.

What is involved in the surgery?

The surgery is performed under anesthesia. You will be in the cat carrier. The anesthetist will give you some medications to help you relax.

You will have a catheter put into the cat, which will be connected to a tube in the anesthetist's hand. The anesthetist will monitor your heart, breathing and blood pressure.

Once the cat is stabilized, the anesthetist will inject medicine into the cat's chest. The cat will be as still as possible during the surgery.

A sternal plate is placed on the cat's chest to hold the sternum open. This will make it easier for the anesthetist to extract the testicle.

The anesthetist will make an incision in the skin over the scrotum. The testicle is gently pulled out, along with a piece of skin. The incision is closed with sutures and the incision is closed.

The cat will be given a shot of antibiotics and pain medication. The cat will be kept in the recovery room for up to 24 hours, then released to his/her home.

The cat will return to the vet for a check-up in 1-2 weeks.

How do I make the surgery go smoothly?

Your cat will be very sleepy during the surgery. Try and keep it calm. If the cat is nervous, it can become agitated and the anesthetist will not be able to do their job.

Your cat will most likely be in a cat carrier during the surgery. If the carrier has wheels, be sure that the wheels are not loose and the carrier does not tip over.

While your cat is in the carrier, do not let it jump out. This can cause abdominal injury.

Be sure to take a picture of your cat before the surgery.

What will I need to prepare before the surgery?

You will need some items that you may not have thought of.

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