Surgery

Our surgical services include routine procedures such as neutering and ovariohysterectomies (spay), dentals involving extractions and mass removals. We also perform more advanced techniques that cats often require such as abdominal laparotomy, cystotomy (bladder surgery) and intestinal biopsies. Depending on the critical needs and specialization of the surgery (orthopedics) we may recommend consultation with one of several board certified specialists which we collaborate with. Because we only see feline patients, our equipment is suited to the small size and specific needs of our feline patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am so nervous about surgery and anesthesia, will my cat be ok?
There is always a risk with any anesthetic or surgical procedure.  At Cat Care Clinic, we choose to follow the most strict standards in anesthetic procedures which are not very different from what you would expect in a human hospital, which puts your cat at minimal risk.  We have a certified veterinary technician assigned to each patient that monitors them throughout their procedure.  Vital statistics are constantly monitored and recorded on specialized documents and monitors to help us gauge your cat’s status.
Whether your cat is young and healthy, or older with some underlying diseases, we tailor the selection of medications and doses we use to assure a smooth procedure and recovery.  We follow the American Animal Hospital Association guidelines, but believe that we even go above and beyond with our care and attention to each patient.
When can my kitten be spayed or neutered?
Typically we spay or neuter cats between 4 and 6 months of age, depending on the cat and situation.  Many cats come to us already altered from wonderful humane societies and shelters at even a younger age, which is great.  If you receive a kitten from a friend, store, farm, or breeder that is not yet altered, then we will discuss this procedure at your first visit.
Spaying and neutering at an early age (before 6 months typically) not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but avoids behaviors problems that can develop as hormones “kick in”.  Just as importantly, it avoids many diseases that we do not see until later in life such as mammary, testicular, and other cancers and also dangerous reproductive system infections.

When can my cat be declawed?
At Cat Care Clinic, we very rarely declaw cats anymore.  There was an era where this was considered a standard procedure and almost every kitten underwent this painful elective procedure.  However with proper cat training including more environmental stimulation, toys, scratching posts, nail trimming, and positive reinforcement, it has become clear that declawing is NOT necessary.
We often see and help cats that have ongoing pain after a declaw.  We use a combination of appropriate pain medications and anti-inflammatories combined with different modalities such as laser therapy.  Often cats can recover and go on to be comfortable, however sadly there are many that continue to have different degrees of pain for life.  Another complication of declawing can be worsening of other undesired behaviors such as biting in some cats that have emotional effects of loosing their claws.
There are rare cases, such as loved cats living with severely immunocompromised people, where declawing may be performed.  Please call us to discuss this or any questions you have about declawing in general.
Will my cat be in pain after the surgery?

We know that your cat’s comfort is extremely important to you. It is to us too. Dr. Ilona Rodan co-chaired the national guidelines to prevent, recognize, and treat pain because this is so very important and doesn’t always happen. Our cats deserve the best, which means “NO PAIN”.  The Cat Care Clinic team ensures that whether it’s related to illness or injury, or whether you cat undergoes surgery, dentistry, or other procedures, your cat will be comfortable.

Since cats do not tolerate medications made for people and some of those made for dogs, we recommend only the safest pain relief medications for your cat. To ensure patient comfort, we require pain relief for any surgical procedures or dental extractions. We use dental nerve blocks and other local blocks in addition to general pain relief. Patients are monitored to assess pain, so that we can provide follow-up pain management as needed.

Between the protocols that we use before, during, and after surgery while your cat is in our care and the efforts that you will put forth at home with continued pain relief, your cat will be very comfortable and recover well.

Does my cat have to stay overnight?

We prefer to send cats home the afternoon or evening after a procedure because we know cats are happier and likely to recover faster in their familiar, loving home environment.  We know there are circumstances where staying overnight is necessary, for instance those of our dedicated clients that come from far away.  If such a need arises, we will keep your kitty comfortable and safe in our clinic depending on their procedure, health, personality, and status at the end of the day.  In some critical cases, transfer to a 24 hour hospital may be recommended.