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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-06-2005, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Pixel is going in to be spayed tomorrow. Even though her appointment is at 8am, the vet wants to keep her overnight. The thing is, there won't be anyone around from about 6 that evening until 8 the next morning.
Do you guys think this is normal? The last cat we had spayed came home late that evening, and I've heard of keeping cats overnight, but not without at least a checkup every couple hours.
I'm just worried about my baby
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-06-2005, 11:38 PM
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A lot of vets in America seem to do this. In Finland, you take your kitty home about 30 minutes after surgery--while they're still groggy. Of course this applies to spayings that go well with no problems. If any kind of problem occured, the vets usually keep them 2-3 hours extra to make sure everything is okay and then send them home.

I honestly prefer it this way. I know with my cat, Galina, staying at the vet's overnight would greatly stress her out. Gerona probably would be affected at all, but Galina stresses very easily.

So, yes, in America it's normal for them to keep the cat overnight. It's one of the reasons why I decided to wait until moving to Finland to have Gerona spayed. Even if it was when she was 8 months old, I feel it was a good decision.

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At our vet clinic, all spays and neuters go home the same day. Usually sugeries start at about 11AM and all surgeries for the day are finished by 2 PM (unless an emergency comes in) The only time we keep them over night is if there were complications or if the cat was declawed at the same time it was spayed or neutered. Declaws automatically spend the night due to bandage changes. Sometimes also, they will keep an animal overnight if it was in heat at the time of the spay.

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we keep some animals in overnight....we do surgery at around 11am and most go home between 5 and 6pm. If they haven't sat up in their cage and are way to groggy we leave them in overnight. No-one checks on them until 8am the next day (providing it was a routine surgery) We keep them in generally cause just normal household noise can be too much for them when they are so groggy and you can't trust all owners to be reponsible enough to look after their animal when they get it home (we have some that want to let their cat outdoors....how about no!). So I wouldn't worry too much about it...it's probably just a precaution they have to let the cats have some recovery time for those irresponsible owners!!! (Not saying you are of course....but it's hard for the vet to discriminate)

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At the vet clinic I work at, my boss tells me that he used to let cats go home the same day but he experienced too many disraught people calling at night worried too death that their cat was still groggy and disoriented (after being told that this may happen). He now makes all cats stay overnight. Dogs go home the same day.

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Good advice and info everyone.
How is Pixel doing today after surgery, Natasha? I hope everything went well.

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Pixel is doing just great!
Thanks for the info, everyone. I think I did worse than she did, just worrying about her being alone for so long.
Ever since she's been home, all she wants to do is rub on us and everything else in the house! Like "I missed you, and you, and you!"
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Awww that's great news!!!! I'm so glad to hear she is doing great!!!

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