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Q: How can you tell if a female cat has been spayed?

March 11, 2009 | By Kiko53 | 8 answers | Expired: 2035 days ago

Kiko53

How do shelters and clinics working with ferals and strays determine if an older female has been spayed or not. Can they still find a scar from the procedure, even after the fur has grown back? Or is it common to operate and find oops, no parts here, it's already been done?

Does this ever happen with dogs too? Seems their scars are more prominent as they tend to be balder in the nether regions.

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J G.
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Mar 12, 2009

Usually you can shave the cat and see a scar. However, at our shelter we have had several cats that we could not see a scar on but when surgery was done it was found they were already spayed.

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tiffany S.
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Mar 11, 2009

Normally feral cats that have been spayed or neutered will have their ear tipped. This means that the tip of the ear is cut off. That is the easiest way to tell.
For strays (dogs or cats) they need to be shaved to see if they have a scar.

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Celia V.
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Mar 11, 2009

I have looked at tons of stray female cats searching for spay scars when I was a vet tech for a shelter. We usually had multiple people verify the scar just to be certain, most often a vet was one of them. they're not as hard to find as many people think. shaving the spot and wetting it with alcohol (which makes the scar become darker and more apparent) makes it easier to identify. Often if you can't see one, you almost always can feel it. There's only been a handful of times where even the vet couldn't tell if there was one or not. those cats would go into surgery because we had to be certain they were spayed.

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SelenaHannah
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Mar 11, 2009

Some places put a very small tattoo on the cat while it is still under anesthsia so you will know the cat is spayed. This is because sometimes the cat will NOT have a visible scar on the abdomen. If the cat was feral(wild) at some point and caught and spayed, usually the clinic will cut a notch off the ear so you don't go throught the trouble of catching and trying to spay it again. I have seen a surgery where the history of the animal was unknown and the surgeon found out the cat was spayed but not being able to find any reproductive parts, so it happens.

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Anonymous
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Mar 11, 2009

shaving the area is the best way to look for the spay scar. in some cases you might have to do an xray to see if the uturus is still there or not.

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Brianna B.
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Mar 11, 2009

It does make sense to shave them and check but I figured it would be determined by x-rays. Guess I was wrong.

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John R.
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Mar 11, 2009

To find if it is spayed or not they can reshave to check.

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Megan M.
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Mar 11, 2009

When i worked at an animal clininc with wild and domestic cat rescue, we sometime would shave there belly to see if they were spade. In the event they were too wild, we would give them medicine to calm them down so we could handle them to see.

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