Kitten Castration or “Neutering”

Castration is a topic that all pet owners will eventually come discuss regarding their male kitten. It involves the surgical removal of the testes. There are certainly advantages to consider with neutering as well as disadvantages as well. It is a decision that hopefully we can help you make. The advantages of neutering will eliminate the possibility of fertility and hence undesired litter of kittens. The main advantages are behavioural benefits. Here are a few statistics you may be interested to know. There is a 90% likelihood that roaming, fighting and urine marking will be reduced in a neutered cat. Once neutered approximately 60-80% will reduce this behaviour right away. This is also some notable absence of secondary sex traits, such as lack of thickening of the cheeks, called face shields, and spines along the penis. Generally male kittens are neutered at 6 months of age. The major disadvantage of castration is the procedure itself. So hopefully we can guide you along to make it as simple and comfortable for you and your kitten as possible.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”question” wrap=”i”] So what is involved from start to finish?

At Apple Creek Animal Hospital, we perform a pre-surgical examination 1 week prior to your scheduled surgery date. We will assess for things such as congenital hernias, and retained kitten teeth, and also discuss pre-anesthetic blood work with you. Castration surgeries are a day procedure, no need for an overnight stay. However, because we do perform a full general anesthetic, we take every precaution to make it as safe as possible and comfortable for your kitten. We give a sedative, pain medication and we always place all patients on intravenous fluids prior to the anesthetic. We always have a veterinarian watching the anesthetic along with state of the art technology to monitor vital signs. The castration surgery is done in a sterile manner and involves two small incisions over the scrotum. From each incision the major blood vessels from the testes are clamped and the testes removed. Once out of surgery and in recovery additional pain medication is given to keep him comfortable, and pain medication is also sent home for a few days. At home you may notice some swelling, bruising, and redness of the incision on the scrotum. He may be interested in licking the incision. Licking will lead to an infected incision, so we typically will send home an Elizabethan collar for him to wear.  He may also be somewhat quiet for the evening, but will likely bounce back the next day as if nothing happened.