When you collect your cat after their procedure, they should be able to walk. Some cats can be a bit sleepy up to 24 hours after the procedure, whereas some cats can appear to recover a lot quicker. Either way, it’s important to remember they have undergone a medical procedure, and they will need some special care.
When you get home:
- Take your cat to their bed or favourite place and encourage rest.
- Keep them warm and offer a light meal – don’t worry if they don’t eat it. Not all cats want to eat the same day, but they should be back to normal eating habits the following day.
- Ensure they have easy access to water and a litter tray, then leave them to rest.
Post-op care for female cat spay:
- Female cats should be kept indoors for 10 days as they have stitches either on their side or under their tummy, depending on the operating vet’s technique or your request.
- It’s important to check the procedure site daily for any redness, swelling or oozing.
- We will check the wound 10 days post-procedure & remove stitches as required. Some cats may have stitches under the skin (intradermal sutures), but they do still need to be seen back at the surgery. We may see them earlier than the 10-day check if you are worried or concerned.
- Please prevent your cat from licking the procedure site as this can lead to infection.
- Your cat will have been given anti-inflammatory medication following their procedure. There is a possible side effect of vomiting/diarrhoea with the medication. If either occurs, please STOP the medication and contact the surgery. If the vet has prescribed further medication, please read the dosage carefully and complete the course.
Things to look out for:
- NOT eating / drinking after 24 hours
- NOT going to the toilet normally
- Any vomiting / diarrhoea
- Swelling in the immediate area or discharge from the wound
- Opening up of the wound
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.