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feral Instructions – Ace of Spays

feral Instructions

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Surgery Instructions


  • Fill out a separate consent form for each cat by CLICKING HERE
  • If you have not already seen this information, you might like these links:
    FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
  • Read “AFTER SURGERY” (below) so you know about post-operative care.


If you have a temperature-controlled and safe place to house the cats, please trap them in advance of your appointment. If you do not have such a place, please set traps the evening before surgery. If you do not catch any cats, please just call to move your appointment to another day.


  • Bring one signed Consent form per cat and keep it with that cat’s trap. The consent forms will be in your email after you fill out the form.
  • Drop off between 9am-9:30am. We will be helping with tame pets from 8-9am and prefer to have feral cats arrive after that.
  • Ace of Spays is located at 1485 Route 38, Hainesport, NJ 08036


Pick up the same day at 3:30pm. There is a significant charge for pick-ups after 5pm.
Be sure to leave with your trap and/or carrier, pain-relief and any other medications and post-operative instructions.


  • Keep feral cats in a confined controlled environment area for at least 24 hours before release. Their judgment and ability to defend themselves will be impaired by drugs for 24 hours.
  • Offer water Immediately
  • Offer canned food starting 2-3 hours after returning home.
  • No over-the-counter pain medications. TOXIC!

What to Expect (In Some Pets) After Surgery

  • Minor sleepiness
  • Watery eyes and/or drooling
  • Rare vomiting
  • A non-painful lump by the incision. Resolves within 3-6 weeks.
  • Sutures are under the skin. They get absorbed by the body so suture removal is not needed. Male cats do not have closed incisions (ie/no sutures) for their well-being. This is standard neuter procedure.

What Requires Veterinary Care After Surgery

  • A “lump” near the incision that disappears when pushed on or that is accompanied by poor appetite
  • Anything protruding from the incision
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • More than a few drops of blood from the incision the night of surgery or any bleeding thereafter
  • A pet that is unwilling to move around unless it is related to fear—common in feral cats
  • Decreased appetite that lasts more than 2 days-feral cats often will not eat well when in captivity
  • Skin discoloration, pus or a highly painful swelling around the incision
  • Anything that has you concerned. Trust your instincts: when in doubt, call the vet. 

Emergency contact numbers will be provided on your post-operative instructions. You can also contact our doctors about non-urgent issues.

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