You’ve picked up your cat on the same day as surgery. Your cat may be grouchy, hissy, and aggressive or very quiet and fearful. These personality changes are temporary and due to the anesthesia and should not last more than 48 hours.
Lethargy (sleepiness), appetite loss, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing COULD occur up to 24 hours following surgery. If these symptoms last more than 24 hours after surgery please call our clinic and leave a message.
Check your cat’s incision every day, 2 times a day, for the next 10 days. What it looks like now looks normal. There should be no opening, discharge, redness, oozing. There are no sutures to remove. Please call us if you are concerned about the incision and leave a message.
Don’t put anything on the suture site—no hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial ointment, etc. Never give your cat human medication (Advil, Tylenol, painkillers). Over-the-counter medication can kill cats.
Tonight feed ½ of what you normally feed with a bowl of water (if you picked up a kitten, feed the normal amount). Tomorrow go back to your normal feeding schedule. Your cat might have an upset stomach from the anesthesia and may not want to eat right away. Closely monitor their eating habits.
Your cat’s diet should remain unchanged for 7-10 days following surgery. No treats or people food (steak, chicken, McDonald’s, etc) should be given during this time. These items are difficult to digest and can cause vomiting.
Put your cat in a small, safe room for the night, such as a bathroom. The room must be well ventilated, quiet, and comfortable. Your cat will be wobbly and may not want to walk while they recover from anesthesia. Check your cat often for the next 6-8 hours. Prop open the cat carrier door and allow them to come out of the carrier when they are ready.
Physical activity must be kept to a minimum for 7-10 days. No running, jumping, rough playing, climbing stairs, or other strenuous activity.
If you have other animals or young children in your home keep them away from your cat for at least 48 hours after surgery.
Friendly cats MUST be kept indoors for the next 7-10 days where they can stay clean, dry and heal quietly from surgery. Incision sites must stay dry: No baths, laying in the skin/tub, or laying in wet grass/snow during this period.
Female cats may develop a suture site reaction- a lump at the surgery site. This is caused by a slight reaction to the stitches. It will go away on its own as the sutures dissolve but please call us if you have concerns please call our clinic for a re-check appointment, leave a message. Male cats have no sutures but should be monitored for swelling and discharge.
A small green tattoo has been placed on your female cat’s abdomen. 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.
Your pet has received Meloxicam. 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 let the vet know your cat has had Meloxicam on the date of surgery. Something another vet may use could interact with the Meloxicam.
** Cats can do something called “Self-Trauma”. Self-trauma is licking themselves at the incision site causing an infection. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you purchase an e-collar (a cone for around the head) and put it on your pet after surgery which will prevent your pet from licking the area. 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 2 inches past the tip of their nose. The e-collar must stay on for a MINIMUM of 7-10 days.
**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. Should your cat experience a complication directly related to surgery in 10 days after surgery we will see your pet on the next available surgery date for a re-check at no charge. Should your pet require additional medication or sedation during that visit you will be responsible for the cost. If your cat can’t wait that long you will need to visit your own vet at your expense. If there are any questions or concerns related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call our clinic at 860-620-0325.
**If there is an emergency after hours (nights/weekends), contact your nearest 24-hour emergency clinic and call our clinic on the following business day. You are responsible for all charges of any complications after surgery. This includes all visits to any other facility, emergency clinic or otherwise.
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