Not Spaying Vs. Anesthesia: Ruth Shares Her Lessons, Decision
When it comes to our cerebellar hypoplasia cats, it can be difficult to make some decisions. We want what’s best for them, but sometimes their condition makes those decisions difficult.
Ruth learned a great deal after sharing her concerns with her vet, and she was kind enough to share what she learned with us. Here’s her story:
“Not sure if I’ve posted this info before, but it’s become one of my new causes.
I mentioned to my new vet that Betty hadn’t been spayed because I was leery of the anesthesia with a cat who had neurological issues. He explained to me that when cats go into heat, they stay in heat until their pregnant or spayed. This is a big problem with indoor cats. Over the years, their little bodies are working at optimum efficiency for an intended pregnancy. Their little engines are running full steam – from the moment they first go into heat until they are spayed or pregnant.
Here’s the scary part: If allowed to continue for a very long time, the uterus can become infected. Fatally.
After I spoke with the vet, I made arrangements and took Betty in for spaying. It was one of the most frightening days of my life as I worried whether or not she would make it and if she would come out the same cat she went in. It was worth the worry. The vet had to remove her uterus along with her ovaries. He told me that it had been a matter of weeks before she started experiencing a fatal event.
My recommendation to everyone I speak with about this is to make sure your vet is aware of and uses the anesthesias and procedures recommended by this CH site. Then take her in and have her spayed.
My desire to keep Betty safe from anesthesia almost killed her.”