We advise that male and female cats are neutered from 12 weeks of age
Due to the backlog of procedures, we are currently unable to offer this service. We hope to be able to add it to our list of available services soon.
Please click on the video below produced by Cats Protection to see how we neuter kittens between 12 weeks and 4 months
Please note that our prices are specific to the level and standard of care that we provide at Eastcott Vets, they cannot be used as a like for like comparison with other vets as our procedures will not be the same. The procedures detailed above are similar to those carried out at Eastcott Vets. Not all vets will provide the same level of care. Below is a walk-though of what you can expect at our hospital.
- 8-10 weeks – 1st Vaccination, health check, free dose of flea treatment, worming treatment
- 12 weeks 2nd Vaccination, Neuter (Spay or Castrate) & Microchip
- Free post-op check-up 3- 5 days post surgery. Cats can safely go out 10 days after neutering
To qualify for this package, cats must receive their 2nd vaccination, Neuter and Microchip by 4 months of age
What happens when your cat visits us for Early Neutering
Kittens only need to be starved for a minimum of 3 hours, so for most, giving an early breakfast between 7-8 am is ideal (we are sure most kittens will agree!). This is because kittens require more frequent meals to maintain their blood sugar levels, as they have fewer reserves than adult cats.
- When your kitten is admitted they will be given a thorough physical examination. They will then be settled into our cat ward where we have Pet Remedy and Feliway plug-ins which diffuse calming scents to help keep patients relaxed and stress-free. They will have their own comfy bed and water.
Anaesthesia & Surgery
The anaesthetic is administered in our quiet secluded induction room. The anaesthetic used for Early Neutering patients has been specifically designed for safe use in kittens. It includes excellent pain relief and enables better control of body temperature during the surgery
Each patient has an intravenous cannula placed (usually) in the vein in the front leg. This allows us direct access for drugs and fluid before, during and after surgery if required
Once the hair is clipped from the surgical site, the area is 'scrubbed up', and patients are wheeled to our operating theatres
Trained nurses monitor and record blood pressure, ECG, oxygen levels and temperature throughout the anaesthetic
Specialist medical 'Bair hugger' warming blankets or heat pads are used to keep patients warm during the procedure - other warming devices can risk harming anaesthetised patients
We have dedicated theatres with very high standards of sterility. Surgical scrubs, shoes, gloves, masks and hats are worn by all staff in theatres
We place the microchip and give the second vaccination while they are under the anaesthetic, which means that these two procedures are completed without them knowing!
After the surgery, an injection is given to reverse the effects of the anaesthetic. Patients are then moved to recovery.
We have dedicated recovery kennels where patients are monitored until they are able to fully support their head and their temperature is normal
We have a purpose built oxygen 'kennel' if additional support is required
A light meal is offered on recovery to ensure good blood sugar levels are maintained
A nurse will discharge your kitten and explain how best to care for them from that evening until the wound is fully healed
Your kitten will come back for a free check up 3-5 days after surgery
If skin stitches are present (rarely) then they will be removed at a free check 10-14 days after the operation