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Old August 30th, 2009, 09:05 AM
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cats- pain meds after spaying?

I recently took in a cat for a couple who couldn't take care of it anymore. I was happy to do so, but the cat isn't spayed & has no shots. I don't think it's fair for the cat to not have this done, and couldn't deal with the up-front expense of all of this (upwards of $400 where I live). I took her on the condition that the couple would pay for her spaying and I'd pay for the rest, but the only way they would pay for the spay is if it's done at the Humane Society. Although I wish I could afford to have it done at a vet, I'm sure the Humane Society is safe and everything.

Now, I know it's very in and out there and I'm concerned they won't give her any pain meds. I've been reading, and some people say it's a good idea, but some say it's unnecessary. What I think is, I can only imagine the human equivalent, a hysterectomy, and if someone did that to me, I would definitely want meds.

I know the easy answer is to call the humane society and find out-- but they are closed today and I wanted to get some other feedback anyway. The cat is about a year old... she still acts like a kitten but I'm scared she might not "bounce back" in the same way a cat half her age would.

If the Humane Society doesn't give meds, I will probably call the vet doing her shots and see what they think.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 09:50 AM
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I know that my vets give cats a shot of metacam after spaying, but do not send the cat home with any pain meds. You can't give cats instructions post surgery like humans, so it is necessary for them to feel the pain so they restrict their activity.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 11:15 AM
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Where are you located? It's possible someone on the forum may know of a low cost s/n clinic. In some cases those low cost clinics also do the shots. They come "included" in the package. What does your HS charge for a s/n?

I have had many cats done in the last year and a half or so. None of my females had meds afterwards. I just made sure they were kept as quiet as possible for a couple of days after. I let the cat call the shots from then on. They know the pain they can handle. I found that a large dog crate worked wonders for the first little while. It kept them calm and safe.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 09:47 PM
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When i has the stray I took in spayed she was at least a year old. she bounced back just fine (no, my vet didn't give us pain meds for her). In fact the very next day she was trying to jump on things So you don't need to worry about your cat, she should have no problems.
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Old September 1st, 2009, 06:48 AM
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I called and they do give a shot of pain meds, but nothing to take home. I think it should be fine.
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