My cat is being spayed (fixed). Am I doing wrong?

cat spaying - my cat Papa
India
March 31, 2008 8:24am CST
Last Monday a surgery for spaying (fixing i.e. removing the uterus) was done on my Cat Papa. She cannot have children. I thought it is good for her health. But a guilty consciousness is creeping over me, as to whether I have done anything wrong in doing so? Any way it is not going to have kitten with her. This way her health will be in good condition. This is my thought. Please advise me?
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@o2bnocn (2895)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I think you are doing the right thing. When my mother had a cat he started to get really really mean. The vets told her that she should get him fixed so she did. Then the cat wasn't mean anymore. I mean I have never seen a cat act like that before he was really mean before he got fixed.
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• India
5 Apr 08
Is it? Was he ok after he got fixed? I was thinking why a he cat should get fixed. My friend's neighbour got their he cat fixed. I felt delicate to ask them.
• United States
31 Mar 08
Unless you have a purebred that you want to breed, then it's probably the best thing you could have done for your cat and other people, too. Like someone said before, your cat won't suffer a lot of health problems now that she's spayed and she'll live a lot longer. Most cats, also, tend to be happier now that their hormones aren't going crazy. Female cats are difficult to maintain when they go into heat and if they're not bred, they will go into heat just about every month and it would have driven you crazy. Besides, there are so many sickly, unwanted cats in the world that are suffering because someone didn't spay their mothers.
• India
5 Apr 08
Now I am getting convinced that I have not committed any sin. Thanks friend.
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
31 Mar 08
It is much better for your cat's health. The cat can not get cancer of the reproductive organs now that she doesn't have them. She won't have heat cycles anymore, so she won't want to wander looking for a male when she's in heat. And you've done some thing good for every other cat out there- less new kittens to compete with means older cats looking for new homes are slightly more apt to find them. You did the right thing, don't feel guilty at all.
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• India
5 Apr 08
Oh. That is nice of you to write this. Thanks for the advice friend.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
31 Mar 08
When I was young,I heard about people putting unwanted kittens into a bag and drowning them in the river... Spaying the cat may be an extreme form of contraception,but it's better than Killing live kittens..
• India
5 Apr 08
Oh. It is barbaric. Horrible to listen to this. I read somewhere that people in ancient age used to throw kitten from the top of the building. I did not sleep that night properly. How can people be so cruel?
• United States
31 Mar 08
You have done the right thing, as another poster said, she can not get uterine or ovarian cancer now, plus it is worse on her health to have litter after litter and cats are very tricky about getting out at when they are fertile! I understand your guilt, because its hard to see our "bebes" in pain and not be able to explain why this happened, but she will heal pretty quickly and be a much happier cat for the surgery.
• India
5 Apr 08
Vet Doctor has not removed her ovaries. He said the kitten is only seven months old and it needs ovaries. But this one is very weak. Moreover it bit her own self at the edges of the plaster in trying to remove the plaster as it had hitching sensation which usually we get at the time of healing process. This has created some wounds in five places. Now that treatment is going on. I do not know when I will see her like before running and jumping. I love her so much. She is like my daughter.
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@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
1 Apr 08
It is the best thing you could have done for your cat. As everyone has mentioned, it keeps her free of unnecessary heat cycles and the urge to wander. It keeps her free of ovarian cancer. It also is much better for her all around health. You have a happier cat in every way. You should be congratulating yourself, not feeling guilty.
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• India
6 Apr 08
Oh! That is so nice of you friend to say this.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
1 Apr 08
you did the right thing for your cat's health and to stop the overpopulation of kittens that are abandoned and many just die.
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• India
5 Apr 08
Thanks friend.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
31 Mar 08
Spaying or Neutering a cat or dog isn't BAD for the animal. It prevents unwanted kittens or puppies and its much better than having to put down the babies after they are born. If you dont have a female cat fixed you will end up with a couple litters of kittens a year if not three. I had my male cat neutered when he was younger as i was told it would be better for his temperament (male cats get more aggressive when they get older) and less risk of having him get aggressive towards other people. I also wanted to prevent unwanted kittens that someone with a female cat might not want or be able to afford to feed or even be able to find homes for them.
• India
5 Apr 08
Really a good thought, especially you are thinking about others' problem too. But I am sure she will not develop any problem in future because of this.
@Amber4106 (541)
• United States
31 Mar 08
Having your pets spayed or neutered is never a bad thing. There are a lot of unwanted pets and many are put to sleep. It is healthier for her, although her weight will be an issue if she is an indoor cat. My cat has always been indoors and has been neutered, but his weight is a problem. After I had him neutered I started taking him outside and letting him run and get some exercise. His diet is monitored so that he doesn't get ridiculously overweight. You didn't do anything wrong by any means. This shows that you care for your pet and are responsible for her needs.
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• India
5 Apr 08
Although I want her to be indoor, she will not listen. She wants to go out now and then in a day and comes back for food and sleep. But now due to the wound we are not allowing her to go out. But once she is ok, she will go out.
• United States
2 Apr 08
Congratulations, you did the responsible thing. Every month thousands of cats and kittens are euthanized in counties in your state. Additionally an intact cat is subject to cancer and other diseases where as a neutered cat is less likely to get these medical problems. They are less likely to spray if they are male and get into fights. A single pair of unneutered kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in 7 years.
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• India
8 Apr 08
Oh my goodness! I think they will overpower human population.
• India
14 Apr 08
ok. But killing them is barbaric, horrible. Even they are lives is it not?
• India
19 Apr 08
Thanks for the detailed reply. Instead of killing them, cannot the Government conduct spaying in cats?
@jenni7202 (1598)
• United States
31 Mar 08
You definitely did the right thing. Not only are you preventing any more harm to your cat, but you are also preventing more cats being born into a world where many don't have a home. If you have ever been to a animal shelter, there are plenty of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies that haven't found homes yet, and some won't, depending on whether the shelter is a kill or no kill shelter. I personally have been to a kill shelter in New York, and it depressed me, because they wouldn't even let anyone near the animals to see their personality. This prevents people from being able to see whether a dog is right for them or not, and then there are more deaths. You made the right decision, don't feel guilty about it. You could always get another cat, so instead of her having kittens to have company, she can have another cat as company. I personally was trying to decide whether or not to get my dog spayed, and have come to the decision that I am going to as soon as I have the right funds. I may actually go through PAWS for some help, as they pay a portion of the surgery.
• India
5 Apr 08
cat spaying - My Papa after it was spayed with bandage on.
Thanks for the information. But it costed me a lot. Now this one has, in an attempt to remove the plaster due to healing hitching, made some wounds on five places. We took care of it so well. Still without our knowledge, it made these wounds. Now I am taking her for wound treatment and we are taking turns to watch it so that it will not bite there again. But still everything we do is giving us happiness, except this guilty consciousness, which is slowly going now, thanks to all of your advices and assurances my friends. I am putting a photo of her after surgery, with bandage cloth.
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@jenni7202 (1598)
• United States
5 Apr 08
When you picked her up they should have given you an E-Collar to wear until it healed. She would have had to wear the for at least a week, so that she couldn't get to the stitches. It only causes more damage and infection if she were to lick at it. They should have told you that, and given you the E-Collar, or offered for you to pay for one. I used to work as a Veterinary Assistant, and at the animal hospital I worked in, we always supplied an E-Collar after a surgury, as well as medication if needed. It was all in the price of the surgery, instead of giving people the option of whether or not they wanted their animal to have pain medicine or an e-collar to protect the wound. If you take her back there, you should see how much they will charge you for an E-Collar, or even go to your local pet supply store, because they will most likely be cheaper there.
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• India
6 Apr 08
The Vet Doc neither gave any E-collar nor told about that. This is my first pet in my life and I never knew any thing about it. When I asked him two days back, when I went for bandage change, as to why he has not warned us about this problem, he said my cat is hyper active and no other kitten has done this before and in future, he will advice other kitten owners about this. The whole night my husband was stopping it from licking the wound and poor thing now (morning 7.00 AM 6.4.2008), he is sleeping and this cat is sleeping next to me and I am taking care of it now. I will find about E-Collar. Thanks.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Why do you feel guilty now? Cats are not like humans. She will not miss the fact that she can't have kittens, and it's much healthier for her to be spayed. You did the right thing. There are enough unwanted kittens running the streets and suffering.
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• India
5 Apr 08
To be frank with you, I heard in my childhood that Cats and Snakes have the power to curse. I was thinking whether this Cat of mine will curse me in any way, though I have not seen any cat keeping her kitten with her always. Thanks friend for the advice.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
5 Apr 08
You were probably also told there was a Santa Claus, Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy too.
• India
6 Apr 08
Ha Ha Ha Of Course I am still waiting for the Santa Clause to get me a gift packed in a colourful gift wrapper.
• United States
31 Mar 08
Hi Buchi. I think you're doing the right thing too. I have 4 cats and they have all been fixed. There are too many cats in this world having too many babies. It is for her health. Theres no need to feel guilty about it at all. Vets recommend it!
• India
5 Apr 08
Hi enchantedleppard, how long it takes for the cat to recover fully and be normal with usual moving around including going out? My Papa is very weak. Do not know when she will be normal. She tried to remove the plaster and made five wounds in that process. Now treatment for that is going on. Today is 13th day.
• United States
5 Apr 08
It should be about a week or so and they should be getting back to normal. If its been longer than I week I would suggest taking the cat back to the vet for a follow up.
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• India
6 Apr 08
I am taking regularly and it is being bandaged now for the subsequent bite wounds. Surgery wound has healed. I think it will improve now. Thanks for the help.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I am SO PROUD of you! You have just done the best thing for your little girl! YOU are a GOOD cat mommy!!! I have 24 cats, all fixed!
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• India
6 Apr 08
Oh my goodness! How are you taking care of them? Hats Off to you! I will be a GOOD cat mommy. I will not be a cat GRAND mommy as it is fixed.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
6 Apr 08
I do the best I can, feed them and love the ones that want to be loved. Yes, they sleep all over me.
@taylorzj (32)
• China
1 Apr 08
if you you like cat .do not do that;if you don't like cat,please let it go anywhere she want.
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• India
5 Apr 08
Do you think I am doing wrong?
• United States
20 Apr 08
She does not live in China where you do not appreciate cats. You are giving her bad advice.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
31 Mar 08
No, you haven't done anything wrong --- far from it! You've ensured a healthier happier pet for yourself. You've done your cat a big favor. She will not likely soil the house by spraying.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
Female cats don't usually spray anyway. That's mostly a male thing. What they will do is become escape artists as they search for mates and/or get really noisy.
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• India
5 Apr 08
I never knew this point. Thanks.
• United States
31 Mar 08
You did the right thing by your cat. Its way better for a female to be spayed. They wont have such high risk of getting cancers of the female parts. Also think of it this way. You have saved poor inocent kittens from being abused, homeless, or ending up in a pound. There are already to many unwanted pets in this world and you have just saved a few!!! Thats the best reward of all. ~May The Kisses Of An Angel Cover And Protect You Always~ Copper
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
31 Mar 08
I totally forgot about the cancer. Good point!
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• India
5 Apr 08
Oh! Thanks you so much for the wish.
• United States
20 Apr 08
Hi Buchi- You did the right thing. It's better for your cat. It helps keep her from getting infections and cancer. It also prevents kittens that no one wants. Your cat will live longer too because you had her spayed. It's hard to think you might have hurt her, but you didn't. You took care of her like a good pet owner!!!
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• India
30 Apr 08
Oh. Thanks friend.
• Canada
8 Apr 08
you are absolutely doing the right thing. not only is it better for the cat's health, it is better because of the overwhelming number of cats that have to be put down everyday because of over population. I've seen a recent report where they had to put down something like 83 cats on one day at one shelter. it's so sad! your cat will be better off for sure! besides, you won't have to deal with a cat that goes into heat...
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• India
8 Apr 08
You are right. I am understanding these points only now.
• United States
6 Apr 08
You've done the right thing. There are already so many unwanted kittens in the world. Your cat will be healthier, and she can still be very happy even though she can't have kittens.
• India
8 Apr 08
Thanks friend for the advice.