Cat Before/After Care

BEFORE SURGERY INSTRUCTION – the night before your scheduled appointment:

  • Keep your pet safely inside your home.
  • No food after midnight the night before surgery.
  • You may allow your pet to have water.


–The recovery period lasts a MINIMUM of 10-14 days. Monitor your cat’s healing closely.–

You have picked up your cat on the same day as surgery. For the next 24-48 hours your cat may experience: lethargy (sleepiness), appetite loss, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, meowing, or minor personality changes (aggressiveness, sensitivity, crankiness). If these symptoms last more than 24-48 hours after surgery please call our clinic and leave a message.

Check your cat’s incision twice a day for the entire recovery period. There should be no drainage, redness, oozing, odor, or opening of the incision. There are no sutures to remove unless you’ve been told otherwise. Bruising and swelling can occur in the incision area. If you are concerned and we are not in the office with a doctor, please call your own veterinarian.

The incision site must stay dry for the entire recovery period. Do not put hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial ointment, or any product on the incision site unless directed by a veterinarian. Do not bathe your cat. This will cause your cat’s incision to open. Friendly cats must be kept indoors for the entire recovery period.

Restrict your cat’s activity for the entire recovery period. Put your cat in a small, safe room for the recovery period, such as a bathroom or bedroom. The room should be quiet and comfortable. Do not let your cat have free run of the house. Allow your cat to come out of their carrier when they are ready, do not pull your cat out of the carrier.

Other animals need to be kept separate from your cat for the full recovery period. Young children should be kept away from your cat for the full recovery period.

Tonight, feed your cat ½ of what you normally feed them.Your cat may not want to eat for the first 24-48 hours. Tomorrow return to their normal feeding. Your cat’s diet should remain unchanged for recovery period. Give plenty of fresh water for the entire recovery period. Closely monitor their eating and drinking throughout the recovery period.

Female cats may develop a suture site reaction– a lump at the surgery site due to a reaction to the internal sutures. It will go away as the sutures dissolve but it can take up to 6 weeks. If you see a lump and have concerns, please call our clinic for a re-check appointment and leave a message. Male cats have no sutures but should be monitored for swelling and discharge.

Your female cat received a small green tattoo on their abdomen. This indicates that your cat has been spayed.

Your cat has received a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug, which lasts for 24 hours. This will reduce inflammation which will result in pain relief. Please present your post-op sheet to your full service veterinarian should your pet need to be seen. Do not give your cat human medication like ibuprofen or tylenol – they can be deadly. 

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you purchase an e-collar and put it on your pet for the entire recovery period of 10-14 days minimum. This prevents your cat from licking at their incision. If this instruction is not followed, the incision can be licked open and become infected. Please make sure you purchase an e-collar that fits your pet properly, extending 1 inch past the tip of their nose. We do not recommend soft e-collars or donut style e-collars.

Should your cat experience a complication directly related to surgery, or you are worried about your cat’s healing process, we are happy to see your cat on the next available surgical date for a free re-check appointment. However, we do not have a doctor in the office every day of the week and only have a doctor available for a limited time on each of our surgical days. You must call or email to set up a recheck appointment. Should your cat require additional medication or sedation during that visit you will be responsible for the cost. If there are any questions or concerns related to the surgery, please call our clinic at 860-620-0325 and leave a message or email

If your cat can’t wait or if there is an emergency after hours (nights/weekends/holidays) and/or on a non-surgical day, contact your full service veterinary hospital or nearest 24-hour emergency animal hospital and call our clinic on the following business day. You are responsible for all charges incurred at any other veterinary office.

New HOPE Clinic cannot be held responsible for complications resulting from a client’s failure to follow these instructions or for contagious diseases for which your cat was not previously vaccinated. Your regular veterinarian must address any illness or injury that is not a direct result of surgery.

Drop-off / Pick-up Instructions