Byron Center Animal Hospital

Feline Neuter FAQ

Q: What is “neutering”?

A: “Neutering” is the everyday term for surgical sterilization of a male cat. Your cat’s testicles will be surgically removed through an incision in the scrotum.

Q: What does the procedure involve?

A: At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we will neuter your cat in a completely sterile environment to prevent infection, with a licensed technician monitoring his vital signs closely throughout the surgery. We will use the highest quality absorbable suture to close the incision. Your cat will spend the day at the hospital with us under close supervision and monitoring. Once he is up and walking, usually by the afternoon, we will discharge him and he will complete his recovery in the comfort of his own home.

Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: Yes! At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we aim to minimize the discomfort your cat feels. We will provide pre-surgical pain relief so he awakens from surgery comfortably. We will also provide long-lasting post-surgical pain relief. This will ensure he recovers with as little discomfort as possible. Q: What are the physical benefits of neutering my cat? A: Because a neutered cat is less likely to roam and does not have surges of testosterone that trigger aggression, he is significantly less likely to get injured in a fight with another cat or hit by a car.

Q: What are the behavioral benefits of neutering my cat?

A: An intact male has breeding on the brain – neutering him allows him to be a more loving and attentive pet. A neutered cat is also much less likely to spray urine to mark his territory.

Q: How long will it take my cat to recover?

A: While your cat may feel like nothing happened the day after surgery, it is essential to keep him quiet for 5-7 days after surgery to allow the incision to heal completely. It is also very important that he be kept inside during this time.

Q: Where can I go for more information about neutering my cat?

A: We know there are many questionable resources on the internet. A reputable website with many articles written by veterinary professionals is We would also be happy to answer any questions you may have.