Why Desex?

Every year, millions of cats are euthanised. There are shelters all over the world full of cats who desperately need a good home and somebody to love them.

As cats often go wandering, it is extremely easy for them to get pregnant. Each pet owner should consider this before adding to the overpopulation of cats.

Desexings are surgeries subsidised by Veterinarians, to encourage responsible pet ownership.

Advantages of desexing

  • It prevents unwanted litters.
  • It prevents medical problems associated with breeding infected uterus (pyometra).
  • Birthing problems, possibly needing a costly caesarian.
  • In females, it reduces the chance of breast and uterine cancer drastically.
  • It will reduce the stress to females caused by coming on heat (constant calling) – cats will often remain on heat until they are mated by a tom cat.
  • Male cats will be less territorial and therefore will not get into as many fights with other cats in the area resulting in less risk of injury.

Desexing does not cause weight gain! There is no weight gain, unless you over feed your cat!

This is a very significant surgical procedure that requires high levels of skill and should incorporate a high standard of care.

Without a doubt, for many cats that live a healthy and uneventful life, desexing will be their most significant surgical procedure.

We are confident that what we do here at Dr Jana’s Veterinary Centre really makes a difference for your pet and yourself. If you haven’t been on a clinic tour to see our facilities, then please let us know.

Whilst dogs and cats can be desexed as early as 6 weeks of age, we desex most pets at around 6 months of age.

The following outlines what is involved with desexing at our veterinary centre

Pre-surgical care

Fasting – No food after 8 pm the previous night, leave a water bowl out, but remove it first thing in the morning.


Please allow about 10 minutes for this appointment. We will detail the day’s procedure, run through your pet’s medical history with you and ask you to answer a series of questions prior to admission. We will also give your cat a thorough physical examination.

Pain relief

Your cat will receive pain relief prior to desexing, this is included in the desexing fee.


All drugs are carefully calculated according to physical status and weight.

Surgical care

Anaesthesia is induced with a special intravenous agent. We prepare individually tailored anaesthetic regimes to cater for routine to higher risk patients (young animals, seniors, heart patients, pregnancies).


Respiratory monitors are placed on your pet to indicate a breath has been taken, oesophageal stethoscopes allow us to hear your pet’s heartbeat and pulse oximeters give a read out of heart rate, pulse strength and blood oxygen levels.


Your cat’s anaesthetic is graphed, we record heart and breathing rates, blood oxygen levels and all drugs given. This provides us with information for future use.


All surgical instruments are sterilized in our autoclave prior to use, surgical kits are not shared between animals and sterile single use syringes and needles are used.


Theatre Surgery is performed in a dedicated sterile operating theatre complete with a heating pad on the operating table to maintain your pet’s temperature throughout the operation.


Surgery involves the removal of both testicles in male cats, and in female cats both ovaries and the uterus are removed.

Post-surgical care

We recover all patients in the recovery area in specially warmed cages where we can monitor your pet closely until they are sitting up.


Discharge information sheets will accompany your pet and we will schedule a postoperative check up in three days.

Remember, we are your pet’s personal vet!