Caring for a Cat After Surgery: Nutrition and Follow-Up Visit

Owners can’t always protect a pet from diseases, but they can take care of it after surgery during the rehabilitation period. Compliance with our recommendations will provide the cat with all the necessary conditions, and timely access to a doctor will help avoid complications.

Arrangement of a corner for a cat

As a rule, the animal comes out of anesthesia in a veterinary clinic under the supervision of a doctor, and after a few hours it can be taken home. Remember that the cat has suffered a lot of stress and now it needs to recuperate in a specially equipped place, for example, on a cot-bed with sides. So that the animal does not fall out and can easily get out, the bed should be placed on the floor. Let there be water and food nearby, the tray should be located nearby.

After the operation, the cat’s body temperature decreases, and it is necessary to provide it with heat. Therefore, the bed should have a blanket or blanket, and it should not stand in a draft. You should make sure that the cat is not disturbed, physical activity is contraindicated for the animal. Rest and sleep will help her recover.

Cat eats after surgery

Water and food

Do not rush to feed your pet – it will take time to return to the usual diet. To avoid vomiting, you do not need to feed and drink in the first three hours after the operation, in the first day to give half the norm of food. Starting from the second day, give the usual portions and do not forget to change the water. If the cat vomits after the operation, then food should be given in a day.

Sometimes a cat needs to sit on a special diet – it will be prescribed by a veterinarian after surgery on the gastrointestinal tract. If the animal has survived sterilization, it is better to give special food. And to have a weakened cat faster and easier to digest natural food, grind it with a blender.

Medical appointments

Depending on the operation the cat has undergone, the veterinarian may prescribe certain medications. Draw up a schedule of medication delivery and injection schedule.

In the postoperative period, the cat needs to measure the temperature every 3-6 hours – rectally with an electronic thermometer, after smearing the tip with baby cream or vaseline. The normal rate is 38-39.5 degrees, don’t worry if the temperature is slightly lowered.

Cat in a blanket

Care of postoperative suture

In order for the recovery period to go smoothly, it is necessary that the suture, which is inevitable during cavity operations, heals well. Cats tend to lick themselves, and so that the pet does not lick the seam, she will have to wear a special collar or blanket – depending on the location of the seam. How much protection to wear will tell the doctor – usually up to 10 days. A cat should only wear a collar or blanket around the house – it is not necessary to go outside, so as not to suffer from contact with animals. Going outside the house or apartment must be approved by a doctor in advance.

It is not so easy for an inexperienced cat owner to put on a blanket or collar, so first read the instructions – it is not worth training on an animal that has survived the operation. Adjust the blanket ties so that they do not press in the armpits and groin area. You can’t take off your “outfit” yourself without a doctor’s permission! This is fraught with inflammation, the most serious consequence of which will be the need to perform surgery again. Usually, after a couple of days, the animal comes to terms with the inconvenience.

The postoperative suture must be properly treated daily. The veterinarian will tell you what drug to use and for how long. Processing the seam will be more comfortable for the animal if the cat is standing on its hind legs, and not lying on its back.

Do not panic if the seam is red and swollen, if there are small bruises – this is a natural reaction of the skin to the incision. Avoid the formation of crusts on the seam, it interferes with healing. If the crust appears, gently wet it and remove it.

When to see a doctor

Sometimes you can’t do without the help of a veterinarian when caring for an animal, and you should be able to go to him urgently. So you need to urgently show the animal to the doctor if pus is released from the seam or it smells unpleasant, if the redness does not pass.

More reasons to contact a veterinarian:

  • it is difficult for you to process the crusts that appear on the seam yourself;
  • time has passed since the operation, but the animal has no appetite;
  • I started vomiting;
  • with a strong increase or decrease in temperature;
  • three days after the operation, defecation was not restored or in the absence of normal urination.

Sometimes cats bite their owners if they are more comfortable being alone – aggression in the postoperative period is considered normal. The pet may be afraid of noise or behave unusually, all this will pass. But if the animal is still sluggish on the second day after the operation, this is also a reason to consult a doctor.

Constant monitoring of the cat’s condition after surgery is the key to its rapid and trouble – free recovery.