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How to Care for Your Cat After a Spay

in cats Coming out of anesthesia after surgery can leave you feeling pretty crummy, and you’ll be glad for the special care that a family member or friend offers you. If your cat needs to be spayed, you may worry about how she’ll feel after the procedure and what her recovery process will be like. Any great cat owner will want to do the best for his cat, and by following your vet’s advice and learning for what to watch, you can give your cat a quiet recovery in the comfort of her own home.

Cat Neutering or Spaying Aftercare:

1. Keep Cats Indoors
Part of keeping cats quiet means keeping them indoors after surgery, particularly after a major abdominal procedure like a spay. This ensures that cats won’t make huge leaps off walls or fences and risk their incisions with mad dashes across the backyard. Seeing them indoors also makes it possible for owners to observe their cats routinely during the healing process.

2. Keep Cats Calm
The first thing veterinarians will explain is that cats should be kept quiet during the spay or neuter recovery time. That means no excessive running, jumping, or playing. This can be hard to do if we’re talking about a kitten as most kittens are unlikely to respect doctors’ rules. And since they usually feel well enough to do so, they’re likely to return to business as usual once they’re back at home.

3. Monitor the Surgery Site
Owners should observe the surgery site at least once a day. Make sure it’s not red, swollen, weeping, bleeding, or appears licked at. Any of these findings are cause for a vet visit!

4. Use the Recovery Collar
Your veterinarian may recommend a recovery collar to keep your cat from being able to get to the incision site. Use this for the period of time your veterinarian recommends.

5. Consider Keeping Cats Isolated
The best approach to keeping cats quiet after surgery is to keep recently spayed or neutered cats in one cat-proofed room for a few days. This effectively isolates them from others who might play or harass them during their recovery. It also means you can limit the height of furniture (and of their jumps) by selecting rooms with low-lying furniture.

6. Baby Your Baby During Recovery
After neuter or spay, it should go without saying that a little extra attention is in order. Some cats need to be reassured that life will go back to normal after having to spend time at an alien place and that they are indeed adored.

7. Follow All Aftercare Instructions, Including a Follow-up Visit
Some veterinarians have recommendations regarding keeping the surgery site clean, keeping it coated with ointments (like Aquaphor), or administering antibiotics while others prefer that cats receive no medications or special attention to the wound (apart from simple observation). Be sure to follow all recommendations.

Stay in touch
If you have any questions about your cat’s recovery, contact your vet sooner rather than later. You’ll want to stay ahead of potential issues like infection since it can be more difficult to correct an infection once it’s been going on for days.

The best way to help your cat recover is to follow your vet’s directions and keep a close eye on your cat, especially during the first few days after her surgery. While a spay is a common and fairly minor procedure, things can still go wrong, so be sure to get your cat any follow-up care that she might need.