Byron Center Animal Hospital

Feline Spay FAQ

Q: What is “spaying”?

A: “Spaying” is the everyday term for surgical sterilization of a female cat. Your cat’s uterus and ovaries will be surgically removed through an incision in the abdomen.

Q: What does the procedure involve?

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

Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: Yes – it is a major abdominal surgery! At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we aim to minimize the discomfort your cat feels. We will provide pre-surgical pain relief so she awakens from surgery comfortably. We will also provide long-lasting post-surgical pain relief. This will ensure she recovers with as little discomfort as possible.

Q: What are the physical benefits of spaying my cat?

A: A female cat that is spayed prior to her first heat cycle has nearly 0% chance of developing mammary cancer (a common cancer seen in intact females). She is also protected from contracting sexually transmitted infectious diseases. Spaying your cat also ensures that she doesn’t have any unexpected litters and doesn’t contribute to the population of unwanted cats.

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

A: An intact female has breeding on the brain – spaying her allows her to be a more loving and attentive pet. When in heat a cat can be extremely noisy, desperate to escape, and even urine mark in the house. Spaying her will put an end to all of these behaviors that are associated with hormonal surges.

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

A: While your cat may feel like nothing happened 2 days after surgery, it is essential to keep her as quiet as possible for 5-7 days after surgery to allow the incision to fully heal. In this time it is also important that she be kept inside only.

Q: Where can I go for more information about spaying 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.