what exactly is done when a kitten is sprayed?

what is the procedure when a kitten is sprayed, what's the difference between being sprayed or being neutered?

Asked by Max on Jan 18th 2012 in Kittens
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Natalie the Natcat, Forever

Well, neutreing is a genetic term, used for either male or female. 'Spayed' is a term for neutering a female cat. 'Castration' is for a male cat.

When a female is spayed, firstly she's given a quick exam most of the time to make sure she's healthy...that she doesn't have a cold, or similar so she's fit for being spayed. Then she's given a shot to 'knock her down', and she goes to sleep. Then the area to have surgery is shaved and washed with an antiseptic. Then the cat is put into a 'sling' to hold her in place for the surgery and the nurses stand by to assist the vet and watch the kitty to make sure the kitty is ok. Then the vet makes a small incision over where the kitty's uterus is and ovaries. They open this area and the vet quickly snips them, clamps them, removes them. Small internal stitches are put in and then the kitty's incision is closed up. A shot of painkiller is often administered, as is an antibiotic shot. Some kitties have E collars put on before they go home.

Natalie the Natcat, Forever answered on 1/18/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Hello Max,
Male kittens are usually spayed and female kittens are usually neutered.It is a surgical process. It's good to get your kitten spayed or neutered when it is young. It's tougher for the cat to get it neutered/spayed when it's older. If you have any safety concerns or just want to know the entire process of what your kitten will be going through, don't be afraid to ask your cat's vet. They'll be sure to answer any questions that you have. Visit and search "What Is Spaying and Neutering?". It gives you all of the basic information that you'll need.

Puffball answered on 1/18/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Oops, Puffball, I think that you got your info mixed up! Spaying is for females, neutering for males. Desexing is another term that can be used for both females and males. So is altering.

Neutering is a simpler surgery than spaying, but both spaying and neutering are routinely performed by your average vet, so you assume that there are unlikely to be any complications. You should keep an eye on the surgical site and on your cat to watch for any signs of infection, and you should call your vet if things seem suspicious, but you should assume that your kitty will do fine. Very early spays and neuters are now routinely carried out, but this does not mean that older cats will necessarily suffer from complications. Older cats are desexed all the time.

Neutering involves removing the testes from the scrotal sacs. A shortish, shallow incision is made on the sacs, and the testes are slipped out. Neutering incisions are often closed with surgical glue or just left to heal on their own.

Harvey answered on 1/18/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I hate to get picky about terms, but the correct definition is that neutering refers to EITHER sex and is the act of rendering the animal sterile. Spaying or oviohysterectomy is the term for neutering a female animal and castration (or vasectomy in some cases), is the term for neutering a male animal.

Member 641257 answered on 1/19/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer