15 Sep A Guide to Your Cat’s Spaying or Neutering Post-Operative Care
Spaying or neutering your cat is an important element of his or her health. It’s also one of the most effective ways to prevent overpopulation and reduce the number of abandoned or unwanted animals who are euthanized at shelters every year.
Since spaying will eliminate the crying and nervous pacing of adult females in heat and undesirable sexual behaviors of male cats, spaying and neutering should be a priority for every pet owner. Once your cat is fully spayed or neutered, take the following steps to ensure proper care and recovery for your favorite pet.
Immediately After the Procedure
Spaying and neutering procedures occur under general anesthesia, so your pet will be unconscious during the operation. You female cat will have her uterus and ovaries removed through a small cut in the abdominal wall, while your male cat will have his testicles removed using two incisions on either side of the scrotum.
In the first 24 hours after surgery, you’ll notice your pet may act groggy and sleep a great deal. This is a normal side effect of anesthesia. Be sure to keep your cat in a small room or crate to sleep so he can’t overexert himself, and make sure he is comfortable and secure.
Care Around the Incision Site
On the day of surgery, the incision site on your cat might look minorly red and swollen. Check it once per day if your cat allows, and be on the lookout for any excessive redness, swelling, and discharge. You don’t need to clear or apply any topical ointment to the incision site; just let it heal on its own. If you have a female cat, she will be given a small green tattoo on the incision line as a universally recognized sign that she has been neutered.
It’s very important to prevent your cat from licking or biting the incision during the 7-10 day healing process, and there are collars and lick guards available for this purpose. Minimize all strenuous activity, keep your cat indoors, and skip all baths and grooming for 10 days. At the end of that period, your cat will be fully recovered!
Trust an Experienced, Compassionate Vet
Just like you wouldn’t select a heart surgeon blindly, you also shouldn’t casually choose the vet who will perform your cat’s spaying and neutering procedure. Trust your pet’s health and wellness to the experienced team at Seven Oaks Pet Hospital in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The professional and compassionate vets at Seven Oaks Pet Hospital are committed to giving your pet the best care possible. Call (813) 929-4100 to make an appointment now.