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Old September 7th, 2008, 12:13 AM
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Question Irrational fear?

My little guys get neutered next month; I've been feeling quite paranoid and stressed out about it. I know that it's just a routine procedure but I'm so worried that something will go wrong. Perhaps this fear stems from the fact that I lost my first cat Ares last May. It was a huge loss and I still mourn his passing. I don't know. I love these guys so much and can't fathom losing them. Any words of advice? Can anyone help to calm this irrational fear I have?
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Old September 7th, 2008, 07:01 AM
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Kanis,it's not irrational,any surgery is scary,especially on our little guys.
But neutering is a zinch,I've had several cats neutered with no problems.
They'll be a little dopey afterwards,but that's all and of course a little lighter
So try not to worry,they'll be fine
They are really beautiful
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Old September 7th, 2008, 11:30 AM
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My only advice, if you aren't already planning to, is have pre-surgery blood work done. Sometimes you have to request it as it's not necessarily automatic procedure for young cats. And of course it means the neuter costs are a bit more, so lots of people don't want it done for that reason. If nothing else, it establishes a good baseline for what your cats' blood profiles are when they're healthy, which can be a good reference if they should become ill later on.

Other than that, neutering is apparently one of the simplest and most routine surgical procedures. The incisions are so small that stitches aren't even needed. Here is a little synopsis for you: http://www.birch-dan.ca/Cat-Dog-Neuter.page

Good luck with the snip-snip!
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Old September 7th, 2008, 03:25 PM
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SCM,of course bloodwork to me is a given,I did not even think of mentioning it,I am glad you did.
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Old September 7th, 2008, 03:47 PM
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All I can say is that if you have faith in your vet and, as SCM says, have your pre surgery blood work done, then it shouldn't be much trouble.
I have had 21 done since last Dec. and another 3 going in next Sunday. Of those 11 have been males and 2 of the 3 that are going in on Sunday are male. It's normal to worry. I worry all the time but for males it's pretty easy! It literally is a very small procedure. My vet says if they are done early enough he hardly uses any antiseptic at all.

Just take a tranq on the day of the surgery and you won't feel a thing. j/k!
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Old September 7th, 2008, 06:21 PM
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Thanks everyone.

I didn't think about blood work before hand. I'll need to speak with my regular vet regarding it. The last time I went in, my vet was busy and so I was given a different one. Let's just say his bed side manner is the equivalent to House's. Curt, blunt and harsh. My paranoia comes from a fear that the anesthesia may have an adverse effect on them. Have your cats been sedated with gas or ketamine? I've heard that ketamine can have bad side effects on hybrid breeds like Tonkinese and Savannahs. Has anyone else read this before?

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Old September 7th, 2008, 06:46 PM
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Have your cats been sedated with gas or ketamine? I've heard that ketamine can have bad side effects.
Oh ya, that's another good point: make sure the vet uses gas anesthetic. Isoflurane is the most common. This link has a great synopsis of anesthetic use:

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(Some veterinarians prefer using injectable anesthetics exclusively for cat surgeries and procedures – i.e., both for induction as well as for maintenance. Both gas and injectable anesthetics are acceptable. However, gas anesthetics, although more expensive, are, in our opinion, safer for maintaining anesthesia and they also provide a deeper and more even plane of anesthesia than do the injectables currently approved for use in veterinary medicine. Additionally, the immediate post-operative recovery period is much shorter and much smoother for the cat maintained with gas anesthesia vs. with most of the injectables).
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Old September 8th, 2008, 02:16 PM
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Great advice so far. All I can say is I totally understand your fear. I was a wreak when I took mine in. I've had two boys and 2 girls done, Czari was apparently done by her former owner at some point.

I did leave mine at the vet over night. My clinic is also a 24 hour emergency clinic, so I felt comfortable knowing they would be looked after over night. Once I bought them home, all I had to worry about was keeping them from getting to active. But none of them had any issues and I'm so happy they had it done.

It's not an irrational fear. These are our babies and they don't understand it's for their own good, or that you aren't just leaving them. You'll be okay though, and so will they.
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