One more thought:  consider starting her on colostrum and leaving her  
on it for a good period after her recovery.  It has wonderful  
abilities to aid in repair and recovery.
On Jun 22, 2008, at 7:46 AM, Gloria Lane wrote:

> Does she have an outbreak of Herpes right now?  If so, wait on the
> spay because of that.  Many cats have been exposed to and carry the
> Herpes virus - but is she has an outbreak, that's different - you
> might just want to get her on some Lysine , and make sure she's in
> good shape before any surgery.
> And if she's Persian, I'd wait.  If Persian, she probably also has
> "Persian eyes", meaning some drainage and staining below her eyes
> which is typical of the breed, because of the smallness in the flat
> facial area.  I've just gotten real cautious about Persians.
> I'd probably let her get a little older anyhow.  Cats that have had
> kittens get spayed all the time, that's not a concern.  BUT Persian
> cats require special attention re surgery.  They have small airways,
> and some people prefer intubating them for surgery rather than just
> using anesthesia alone.  When they're out or groggy from anesthesia,
> the tissue in the throat can cover the airway and they can die if
> they're not watched  carefully, and seems like many vets/vet techs
> don't know that.   I've had that happen.
>  Another thing is that Persians may have different sensitivities to
> anesthesia than other cats, so make sure the vet is sensitive to
> Persian issues.  One link is here, with a quote:
> ==================================
> "Ketamine causes hypertension during anesthetic recovery and it is
> possible that the detrimental effects attributed to ketamine may be
> due primarily to cases of undiagnosed cardiomyopathy in cats
> undergoing anesthetic procedures. These cats would be especially
> sensitive to hypertension and the increase in blood pressure induced
> by ketamine is supposed to be pretty significant in some cats.
> If this theory is correct it may make sense that Persians are more
> sensitive to ketamine than other cat breeds since cardiomyopathy is
> supposed to be a problem in the breed. Another potential problem with
> Persians and ketamine is that many vets using ketamine anesthesia
> (included me when procedures are short) do not routinely intubate cats
> to provide a patent airway since they are not anticipating having to
> use gas anesthesia. In pets with short noses, both cats and dogs,
> intubation during any anesthetic procedure is best since these pets
> can develop airway obstructions much more easily than longer nosed
> pets. I think almost all vets do intubate pets when they are doing
> dental procedures other than very simple extractions, though."
> ==================================
> Hope this is helpful.
> Gloria
> On Jun 21, 2008, at 9:42 AM, Lynne wrote:
>> Here I go again, waffling about neutering my cat.  I need some
>> honest advice here.  Don't just tell me what I want to hear but what
>> I must hear.
>> I haven't owned too many cats in my life, 3 to be exact because they
>> all lived very long lives.  Then came BooBoo and all the tragedy
>> associated with Feline leukemia, FIP etc.  I still say I shouldn't
>> have neutered him (age 5) and that stress contributed to his very
>> quick demise.  My other cats have always been neutered before we got
>> them (from the humane society.)  Now we have Snowy, the 3 and a half
>> year old rescued cat who was very ill with feline herpes virus.  It
>> caused some scarring in one eye and apparently it took 2 months in a
>> foster home to get her eyes and respiratory tract infection
>> treated.  She is seemingly very healthy, the vet says she has a
>> strong heart.  What I did learn about her though was that she did
>> have a litter of kittens at one point and they all died.  I have
>> read that it can be complicated to spay a cat that has had a litter
>> and that is why it is best to do it at a young age.  I have her
>> scheduled to go in this Tuesday and I'm petrified.  I would
>> absolutely die if something were to happen to her.  I worry about
>> the stress and her history of Herpes virus.  She's such a happy and
>> loving little girl but becomes very aggitated over having her eyes
>> cleaned daily and being brushed, necessary things for a persian.
>> When we got her about two weeks later we discovered she had a very
>> horrible ingrown nail and took her to the emergency vet to have it
>> surgically removed.  It was a horrible sight.  She had to be put
>> under she was so hysterical.  The vet even told us we had a bad
>> kitty because I guess she put a job on him. From what I can tell she
>> has not gone into heat during the time we've owned her which is
>> around 4 months now.  She's an indoor cat but is allowed to go
>> outside with us and Lenny for fresh air and nature.  Neither cat is
>> ever let outside without at least one of us in the yard with them
>> and both stay very close.  It is impossible for either one go get
>> out of the back yard, but yes, it is possible for an agile male to
>> find his way in.  Like I mentioned, they both are supervised
>> diligently and only let out for a short time.  90% of the time they
>> are inside or in the screened patio.
>> I know ultimately this is my decision but I would truly appreciate
>> any thoughts you wonderful people might have on the subject.
>> Many thanks
>> Lynne
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