What to Expect

Before surgery

Cats need to be a minimum of 8 weeks old in order to be eligible for surgery.

Outdoor cats should be kept inside the night before surgery, if possible.

Kittens 6 months and younger – kittens should have food available until about 6:00 am the day of surgery. Kittens can have water.

Cats 7 months and older – food should be taken way the night before surgery, around 10:00 pm. Cats can have water.

Cats need to be contained in a carrier or box when arriving for their appointment.

Spay & Save patient after the health examination – she has been declared healthy and is ready for surgery!

After surgery:

In general, cats recover quickly from surgery, but it is a good idea to keep them indoors and quiet for 7 – 10 days afterwards where they can stay clean, dry and warm.

Food and water can be offered after returning home. Some cats may have a temporary loss of appetite, but should start eating within 24 hours of surgery.

Click here to print out a copy of our post-surgery instructions.

Spay & Save patient after the surgery: Picked up by Mom and ready to go home a happy, healthier cat.

Cats lined up in the lobby during Spay & Save’s Elect To Spay event