A new type of procedure to spay female cats has been shown to be safe, effective, and faster than traditional methods.

Cat spay being conducted using traditional methods.

The new procedure has been published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, by Kirk Miller, a clinical instructor with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, and practising veterinarian with the Oregon Humane Society in Portland.

Called a “pedicle tie”, the procedure is effective at stopping blood flow through two vessels that go to a cat’s ovary, a preliminary step to removing the ovary and uterus.

It’s essentially tying the vessels in a knot – and works just as well, and is about 30% faster, as a procedure used for decades that required multiple ligatures to accomplish the same purpose.

A survey of 2,136 kittens and adult cats that were neutered using the new technique, found it safe with no significant increase in haemorrhagic complications, and slightly reduced the time the animal needed to be under anaesthesia.

Mr Miller said: “Saving two minutes may not sound like much, but when you do thousands of these procedures every year, like we do, it can add up in savings of both time and money.

“Over the course of a year, this may free up about two weeks of time for both the surgeon and anaesthetist. That increased efficiency means we can serve more animals, provide the care they need and make them eligible to find new homes.”

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