My cat is 7 years old i am wanting to get her fixed the vet told me that if the blood work comes back fine then the surgery should go well but i am a very paranoid person and it scares me to have her fixed is she too old to get fixed. she is still active and likes to play and she seems to be in good health she is an inside cat? do you all think that she will do fine?
It's never too old to get cats spayed or neutered. It's one of the few things we can do that actually benefits their health in the long terms because it reduces or eliminates their chances of developing certain forms of cancer.
Having blood tests done before surgery is wise because they will help the vet detect any health problems which might affect your cat's ability to tolerate an anaesthetic. Spaying is a fairly quick and routine operation but if your vet has any concerns over the blood test results he will discuss those with you.
When my previous cat was 15 she needed dental surgery and my vet ran blood tests first which revealed she was in the early stages of kidney disease. I was very worried about whether she would survive an anaesthetic, but my vet explained that if left untreated, the tooth decay would actually cause bigger problems with her organs because she'd literally be swallowing bacteria all the time. He recommended the use of a lighter anaesthetic (sorry can't remember the name) which could constantly be flushed through her system and therefore make recovery much quicker. It cost a little extra but my cat was fine afterwards.
Try not to worry, I'm sure your vet will take good care of your cat and she will be fine.
Yes and no.
Yes because the older the patient the more problems may occur after the operations. I mean it's better when their younger but this doesn't always happen to all older cats/dogs. I'd recommend getting your cat fixed anyway, you wouldn't want a surprise litter popping up out of nowhere!
The younger they are, the better it is. However, a cat can be spayed at any age after 5 months old, and shouldn't have any problems. In fact, when a cat of any age is brought into a shelter, one of the first things they usually do is neuter the cat, regardless of how old they are. You will see the cat be lethargic at first, which is normal, and there might be some slight behavioral changes, but nothing drastic should happen. With an older cat, you might just want to keep a good eye on him, give him very limited food once he's back, so that you can tell if and when he eats, but that should be the extent of what you should need to do. More than likely, you won't even have to worry about stitches being removed, because most vets use a type that gets absorbed into the cats body.