Beauty, a little black kitten for adoption

This little black kitten was rescued and is now up for adoption.  She is estimated to be about 3 months old, and is already spayed. 

If interested, please contact me by sms at 012-6935870. 

I’m calling her Beauty. 

7 comments to Beauty, a little black kitten for adoption

  • ManekiNeko

    Hi, KY — Just a question here. You mentioned in some of your posts that the vets sometimes spay female cats by making an incision on their side, especially when the cats are going to be returned to a feral community in a short time.

    If this method of surgery allows the cats to be released in a day or two, why don't the vets do this with ALL cats, rather than stomach incisions, stitches which must be removed, E-collars, etc., etc.???
    The flank method sounds so much better all round!

    Thanks, as always…

  • I've asked, and some vets prefer the stomach incision. So, it's the vet's personal preference, really. I was told it also depends on which method they have been trained to do, and they are more comfortable with.

  • Anonymous

    The flank method is actually not a "personal choice" rather it is made according to the condition of the cat. The flank method is good for TNR because it is more visible and less likely for things caused by weight to fall through the bottom side because the incision is made on the side. It is not suitable for all cases, especially younger animals (especially EAN for strays) whose sexual organs and connecting components are smaller (and less visible too) and can tear easily while pulling it out across during surgery.

    It is not always suitable or better … depends. It is trickier, especially when some vets fumble even with the traditional method, some cutting up to 6 inches long (when someone more competent can do the same thing making only a very small incision which healed very well and caused so much lesser pain and trauma to the animal)due to inexperience as a surgeon and sometimes you hear of even some horrors of horrors!

  • Anonymous

    In neutering, a major controversy is whether ovariohysterectomy or ovariectomy is the preferable surgery. In several long term studies of dogs and cats undergoing ovariectomy, stump pyometra did not occur in any animal after surgery.

    A second controversy surrounds whether or not a midline approach or a flank approach is preferable. The advantages of the midline approach are that it is technically easier to perform an ovariohysterectomy from this approach, the incision can be quickly opened if needed, and both sides of the reproductive tract are easily accessible from one approach.

    The advantage of the flank approach is that, in experienced hands, it allows ovariectomy or ovariohysterectomy to be performed through a very small lateral incision. The flank approach can be closed with a few buried sutures and has a minimal risk of dehiscence. The flank approach is used in many feral cat neutering programs to avoid the risk of dehiscence.

    More recently, techniques for laparoscopic ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy have been described for the dog. Although the surgery is technically challenging, the advantage of performing a spay using minimally invasive surgery is that the dog experiences less postoperative pain and distress.

  • Anonymous

    QUESTION: What are the advantages and disadvantages of the flank spay (in cats)?

    RESPONSE from Dr. Julie Levy of the University of Florida:

    Let me start by saying that the benefits of one approach over the other are not so great that they exceed other issues, such as the comfort zone of the surgeon.

    The flank approach places the incision on the flank of the cat about halfway down the side from the spine. The left side is more commonly used than the right, but it can be done on either side. The midline incision runs on the middle of the abdomen. The full uterus and ovaries can be removed from either approach. Out of tradition, the flank approach is taught in the UK, whereas the midline approach is taught in the US.

    Benefits of the flank approach:

    – It's a little faster (at least for me)
    – An incisional complication will not lead to evisceration
    – It is out of the way of mammary glands in lactating cats
    – Caretakers can monitor the incision without handling the cat
    – Good for cats with pyoderma of the ventral abdominal skin

    Disadvantages of the flank approach are mainly due to the inability to perform a thorough exploratory of the abdomen.

    – Harder to confirm that a cat has been previously spayed
    – Nearly impossible to retrieve a dropped vessel, ovary, or uterus
    – Unable to figure out those cats with weird anatomy that are missing parts of their reproductive tracts.

    For feral cats, I prefer the flank approach. It's just a little easier for me. I don't like to spay juveniles this way because their tract is a little tighter and tears easier. It's harder to get the whole thing out via the flank in kittens. I also don't like to do pregnant cats via the flank, mostly because it leaves a large visible scar.

    For pet cats, I prefer the midline approach. Sometimes hair on the incision line grows back kinky or another color or the scar is visible at the surgery site. There are no cosmetic problems with a midline approach. I don't think feral cats are as vain as pet cats.

    RESPONSE from Dr. Brenda Griffin of Auburn University:

    Some surgeons prefer a flank approach rather than the traditional ventral midline incision. The flank approach allows caretakers to monitor a cat's incision from a distance and helps prevent evisceration should dehiscence of the surgical wound occur. A video entitled "Left Lateral Flank Spay" is available from the National Humane Education Society by calling 304-724-6558. The flank approach is not generally recommended for pregnant queens, but is desirable for lactating queens. I think Dr. Levy has covered this question very thoroughly, and I agree… as long as the surgeon is experienced, the cats should do well with either approach. I usually do the ventral mid-line approach myself.

    Can you believe that Dr. Levy taught me to spay a cat when I was a senior student, which is when she was an intern (her first year out of vet school) at the MSPCA! Years later, I learned the flank approach at one her Operation Catnip clinics!

  • Anonymous

    The Veterinary Record 158:657-660 (2006)© 2006 British Veterinary Association

    Papers and Articles

    Prospective evaluation of postoperative pain in cats undergoing ovariohysterectomy by a midline or flank approach
    R. Burrow, BVetMed, CertSAS, CertVR, MRCVS1, E. Wawra, MagMedVet, MRCVS2, G. Pinchbeck, BVSc, CertES(Orth), PhD, MRCVS3, M. Senior, BVSc, CertVA, MRCVS2 and A. Dugdale, MA, VetMB, DVA, DipECVA, MRCVS2
    1 Small Animal Hospital, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, University of Liverpool, Crown Street, LiverpoolL7 7EX
    2 Department of Anaesthesia, Duncan Building, University of Liverpool, Daulby Street, Liverpool L69 3GA
    3 Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Neston, Cheshire CH64 7TE

    Twenty entire female cats were randomly assigned to two groups of 10; the cats in one group underwent ovariohysterectomy by a midline approach and the cats in the other group by a flank approach. Cats were assessed for signs of pain and scores were assigned pre- and postoperatively. There was a tendency for the cats neutered by a flank approach to be in more pain postoperatively (P=0·05).

  • Anonymous

    Evidence of an abdominal incision from previous spay surgery may be lacking, particularly if the animal was spayed at a very young age or if a flank approach was used (a common practice in cats in European countries). In many instances, cats and dogs undergo unnecessary anesthesia and surgery, only to reveal that previous surgery has been performed. This translates into unnecessary trauma for pets, expense for shelters/owners, and frustration for practitioners.

    For these reasons, Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell strongly recommends the use of tattoo ink to permanently identify spayed cats and dogs. This is a simple, safe, quick and extremely inexpensive technique!