Sterilization is a common operation to prevent your cat from being able to reproduce. They will be completely asleep during the procedure and won't feel a thing.
If everything goes smoothly, you can take your cat home the same day they are sterilized.
Depending on how much time has passed since they had the operation, you will notice that your cat is sleepier than usual and perhaps a bit disorientated. They may also be overexcited or scared. This is normal in the first hours following an operation.
The majority of vets recommend neutering before your cat first comes into heat.
Others believe that it is better to wait until they have reached sexual maturity, puberty, before proceeding with sterilization.
Even so, bear in mind that it is usually done at between 4 and 6 months. However, it is equally important that you talk to your vet about the situation and, depending on their opinion and the specific characteristics of your cat, you can decide when is the best time for sterilization.
A sterilized male or female may change their usual behaviour in some ways, such as, for example, having more appetite and being less active, which may increase the risk of weight gain. That’s why it is important that you choose specially formulated food for sterilized cats that is:
Low in fat to help control their weight.
High in fibre, which helps them to feel more satiated and contributes to healthy digestion.