BEFORE SURGERY INSTRUCTION – the night before your scheduled appointment:

  • Keep your pet safely inside your home.
  • No food after midnight.
  • You may allow your pet to have water.
  • No breakfast.


When you get home, put your cat in a safe room until you can monitor your cat closely to make sure he/she is doing well. Feed your cat his/her normal diet. Your cat may be wobbly while recovering from anesthesia. If so, please keep your cat away from stairs and other household hazards.

Keep young children and other pets away from the cat(s) for at least 48 hours after surgery.

Your pet’s diet should remain unchanged for 10 days following surgery. No treats (Pounce, Temptations, etc.) or people food should be given during this time. Such items will take longer to digest and can slow the healing process or mask surgical complications. Your cat may not feel like eating until the evening or following morning. Your pet must begin to eat within the 24 hours after surgery. Please monitor your cat closely to ensure he/she is eating, drinking and using the litter pan within 24 hours of bringing your cat home.

Check the incision every day, two times a day, for the next 10 days. Look for any swelling, drainage, opening, redness, or oozing.
There are no sutures (stitches) to remove. Please call us if you are concerned about the incision.

  • Female (girl) cats may develop a hard small lump at the surgery site. This is caused by a slight reaction to the stitches. It will go away as the stitches dissolve but please call us if you have concerns.
  • Male (boy) cats have no sutures but you should monitor for swelling and discharge.

NOTE: Never give your cat Tylenol, aspirin, human pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs! Use only vet-prescribed medication.

  • Cats MUST stay indoors for the next 10 days where they can stay clean, dry and heal quietly from surgery.
  • Incision sites must stay dry for 10 days No baths for two weeks and no laying in the tub, shower or sink.
  • Physical activity must be kept to a minimum for 10 days. There should be no running, jumping, rough playing or other strenuous activity. Please restrict activity to let your cat heal and prevent injury.

Vomiting, diarrhea, or an increased or decreased appetite may occur for the next 24 hours after surgery. If this continues for more than 24 hours, please call New HOPE Clinic at 860-620-0325.

DO NOT allow your pet to lick, scratch, or chew incision. Use an Elizabethan Collar (e-collar) for 10-14 days as necessary. Collars are available at most pet stores.

Your pet may have received Meloxicam. If so, you will see a blue stamp and/or the Meloxicam box checked on your pink sheet/take home sheet. Meloxicam is an anti-inflammatory/pain medication and will work for another 24 hours. It may stay in your cat’s system for up to 30 days. If you bring your cat to a vet FOR ANY REASON in the next 30 days you MUST bring the pink sheet to let the vet know your cat has had Meloxicam on the date of surgery. Something another vet may do could interact with the Meloxicam. Young kittens received a different type of pre/post-op pain medication.

Tattoo Ink has been applied to the abdomen of all animals. If your cat should ever become stray, lost, impounded or taken into rescue, an animal welfare professional or veterinarian will know your animal is spayed or neutered.

**We 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, but you may always call our clinic with questions and concerns. Should your cat experience a complication directly related to surgery we will see your pet immediately for a re-check at no charge within 10 days after surgery. If there are any questions or concerns related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call our clinic at:   860-620-0325  PRESS #1.

If there is an emergency after hours, contact your regular full-service Vet and/or a 24-hour emergency clinic. Please call our clinic on the following business day to update us. We do not have a Veterinarian with us every day of the week. Thank you.

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