Feline Pre-Operative Owner Information
Surgical procedures will be performed by an experienced, licensed veterinarian assisted by veterinary nurses. Surgeries are provided on an outpatient basis. Pets are dropped off in the morning and are discharged in the afternoon.
An approved, safe anesthetic protocol that includes pain medication at no additional charge will be used.
Please adhere to the following instructions:
- Minimum requirements: Kittens must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh 2 pounds.
- Confirmation – You must confirm your reservation by submitting your deposit through our deposit page or by calling 770-455-7077 prior to the surgery date. If you do not confirm, your reservation will become a standby and you will not be guaranteed to be seen. Those with confirmed reservations will be admitted first, followed by standbys.
- General Health – If your cat shows any signs of illness (sneezing, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.) in the days directly preceding your appointment, please call our office to reschedule, for the safety and health of your pet and other animals in the clinic.
- Food & Water – Please take away food starting at 10:00 PM the night before your appointment. Please DO NOT withhold water. This can make a cat dehydrated prior to surgery and/or exacerbate any underlying liver or kidney issues.
– For kittens under 4 months of age, remove food after 10:00 PM the night before, but give half the normal amount of food before 6:00 AM the morning of your appointment.
- Flea treatments – Acceptable flea treatments are dispensed by licensed veterinarians only. Other flea products should be discontinued 2 weeks prior to the day of your appointment.
- Flea Collars – Flea collars should never be used unless prescribed by a licensed veterinarian. Over-the-counter flea collars are ineffective and contain toxic chemicals that are potentially harmful to your dog. Any over-the-counter flea collars found on cat brought to CatSnip will be discarded.
- Collars – If your cat must wear a collar, using a breakaway collar greatly reduces the risk of severe injury if the collar becomes caught. Remove the collar before you bring the cat in to our clinics. CatSnip is not responsible for any lost personal collars.
- Heartworm Preventatives – Heartworm preventatives should be used as normal.
- Nursing Females – Please be sure that your cat has stopped nursing at least 2 weeks prior to the day of surgery.
- Rabies Vaccinations – Cats 12 weeks of age that are not up-to-date on their rabies vaccination are required to be vaccinated. We will administer the vaccine the day of surgery for $16.00.
- Arrival Time – Please arrive at the Project CatSnip mobile clinic promptly at 7:30 AM. Arriving after this time will invalidate your confirmation and your space will be given to the next person on the standby list.
- Carriers – Multiple cats MUST arrive in separate cat-approved carriers or in humane traps, such as a Havahart traps. Upon discharge, your cat MUST be in its own carrier or trap. If one is not provided, a cardboard carrier will be furnished for $7.00. Please ensure the security of your carrier(s) prior to transporting your cat(s). See What to Expect for additional information about appropriate carriers.
- Pick-Up Time – Cats are discharged from the clinic the same day. Pick-up time will be announced the morning of your appointment. Times change daily based on the number of animals being seen. Post-Operative instructions will be provided at the time of pick-up.
- Payment – Payment is required upon pick up of your cat(s). A $4.00 fee applies to all debit and credit cards.
- Late Fee Notice – A late fee of $10 per pet will be imposed for every 10 minutes past the scheduled pick-up time. Pets not picked up after 30 minutes will be taken to the CatSnip Business Office in Woodstock, where they can be picked up between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, upon payment of the late fee and a $100 per pet overnight care fee. Project CatSnip is not equipped with boarding facilities. Any animal that is not picked up after one day will be taken to the nearest county Animal Control. Any fines imposed by Animal Control will be the responsibility of the animal’s owner. Please be on time to avoid these unnecessary charges.
- Post-Operative Care – Please prepare a separate recovery area, typically a small confined room, for each cat before the day of surgery. Multiple surgical patients must recover separately. Please also thoroughly read our Feline Post-Op Instruction page for further helpful information.
- Emergencies – Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the animal emergency facility nearest to you. Should any emergencies or post-surgical questions arise within two weeks following your appointment, please call our CatSnip Medical Hotline at 404-895-1979 until 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday. After 8:30 PM and on weekends, please contact your nearest emergency animal hospital. For medical records and other non-emergency information, please call our office at 770-455-7077.