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Tender Love and Care: The Dos and Don'ts After Neutering Cats

Do you have the slightest clue on what to expect prior, during, and even after neutering your cat? Just like humans, the period after surgery is very important to the health of your furry friend. Lack of information when it comes to post-surgery care could be grave.

You spend around $100 for a cat neutering service. But if your recently neutered cat doesn’t receive a proper care, it can lead to serious health issues that may hurt your wallet. That won’t be good. To avoid making matters worse, the following are the dos and don’ts that you should remember after your cat undergoes a neutering procedure.

Dos After Feline Neutering

1. Check the cat’s incisions every day

It is important to check your cat’s surgical cut regularly to ensure it is clean and recovering well. Normally, the incision looks swollen and red a few hours after the surgery. In some cases, discharges come out. But that shouldn’t cause any alarm. They eventually go away after two days.

But if the cut is still swelling and already releasing an awful smell after 48 hours, it is best to bring the cat to a vet right away. It’s a sign of infection, and if not taken care of, your cat may suffer from a certain health illness.

2. Confine your cat

Once you bring your cat home from the vet, it will definitely feel tired, groggy, and nauseous. It may not be able to see properly. It easily gets startled and may become frightened by things such as sudden movements and sounds.

So what do you need to do on this first day? It’s highly recommended that you confine your cat. Avoid disturbing your pet at all costs. It’s the equivalent of strict bed rest, which humans get whenever they leave the hospital after surgery. What’s more is that you need to keep your pet away from children and other animals. In a few days, your feline friend should manage to return to its normal self.

3. Keep your cat away from kids and other animals

Primarily because your cat may be more aggressive than it was before. Cats that are newly neutered may feel disoriented due to anesthetic medications administered to them. But as soon as they recover from the surgery, cats will return to their natural, loving state.

4. Provide food and water

When your cat is home, make sure to prepare food and water for your pet (half of the normal feeding amount is enough). If it throws up, take them away and don’t feed your cat until the next day. The neutered feline usually gets back to its normal eating habits after 24 hours of being home. If it still doesn’t eat after two days, it is time to consult the vet for postoperative care.

5. Maintain the surgery report of your cat

Make it a habit to check and safekeep your cat’s surgery report. Such document is a proof and verification that your cat has undergone neutering or spaying. It’s also an indication of whether your pet has been vaccinated or not. If your pet has been administered with anti-rabies, the report should contain the Certificate of Rabies Vaccination.

The importance of keeping this document is that you may need it whenever you’re traveling. Keenly check the rabies certificate in order to ascertain when you need to take your pet for the next rabies vaccination. Always check with your veterinarian to establish when you need to boost the cat’s FvRCP and if the vet recommends other vaccinations.

Don’ts After Feline Neutering

1. Don’t rush the cat’s recovery

Your little pet needs a week to 10 days to fully heal from the surgical procedure. During this entire time, you shouldn’t play roughly with him. Additionally, you shouldn’t allow your cat to jump excessively and play roughly. It needs to be well-rested.

For the maiden twenty hours it’s home, you may want to replace its normal kitty litter with a simple newspaper. Doing so ensures that the granules in his small litter do not get stuck in his incision. The other thing is that he or she will need a comfortable and warm spot. For this reason, a heated cat bed normally makes a great place for the cat to recover.

2. Don’t give pain medication

And never offer a medicine designed for humans; it can be fatal to your pet. Remember, your cat has undergone anesthetics during the surgery. This means it’s typically numb from feeling pain. If your vet has given a medication for the cat, the provide it as instructed.

3. Don’t let it lick its incision

You should prevent your cat from reaching its surgical cut. Licking the incision can result in an infection. To make sure this doesn’t happen, use an E-collar and place it around the neck, at least, seven days after the neutering surgery.

4. Don’t bathe your cat

As much as possible, give your pet a bath 10 days after neutering. If you bathe it before that time frame, the incision may open and delay its recovery time. In another case, water may get into the cut and cause an infection.

5. Don’t touch the sutures

They are absorbable, and you don’t have to remove them. If you try to get them out, you may put your cat’s life at risk. The incision may not heal fast, or worse, may get infected.

Final Points

The aftercare you give to your pet must be kind and gentle. You must ensure you get everything right. The last thing you want to do is infect your cherished cat. In case you notice anything not mentioned above, the prudent thing is to rush the cat back to the vet.