While it is possible to perform laparoscopic spays on cats, we do not recommend it. We are still technically performing a “minimally-invasive” surgery on cats – we just don’t need the fancy camera equipment to do it. The incision we normally make to spay a cat is the same size as 1 of the 2 incisions needed for a laparoscopic approach. While small incisions are not the main benefit of lap spays, the ligaments of the cat ovaries are also under a lot less tension and stretch a lot easier. Since we only remove the ovaries (ovariectomy) instead of the ovaries and uterus (ovariohysterectomy), we can make our initial incision closer to the ovaries and minimize the stretching, thus less pain. Also, cats do not tolerate having their belly inflated with the CO2 gas needed to perform the laparoscopic surgery as well as people and dogs do, so the added anesthetic risk is also a factor why we do not recommend this for cats.