Caring for Cats after Spaying

Caring for cats after spaying may seem like a daunting task and pet owners want their cherished cat to receive the best care possible. Regardless, there are several ways to ensure your cat receives the optimum aid and has a fast and comfortable recovery. Below is information on the steps to take while caring for your cat after spaying.

Ask Veterinarian What Needs to Be Done

When picking up your cat after spaying, usually the veterinarian will make sure you are informed on what to do when the cat returns home. If possible, take notes of the instructions provided to ensure you don't miss anything important.

It is normal for the cat to appear groggy immediately following the procedure, but if she seems to be exceedingly dazed, the veterinarian should be contacted. Pain medication was most likely given and can cause nausea, dizziness and confusion. Once your cat returns home she will become more relaxed and at ease.

Food and Water

Immediately following the procedure your cat may feel thirsty, but only a small amount of water should be given in the beginning. If she drinks too much, she may throw it back up. After water is given and it is apparent that she is keeping it down, you can begin feeding her. Only small amounts should be given at first, and may be slowly increased. Do not feed her new food or something she is not used to, as you do not want to upset her digestive system during the recovery process. It is common for the cat to deny the food she is given at first, but continue to offer her food until she eats. After a day or two your cat should be showing signs of increased appetite. If she refuses to eat and shows persistent loss of appetite, contact your veterinarian.

Managing Pain

Follow the veterinarian's instructions on what pain medications to use, and if they gave you a prescription, closely follow the instructions on the bottle. Never give your cat pain medication that is intended for human use, as it can cause deadly, life-threatening complications.

Keep in mind that during the first few days of recovery a certain amount of pain is needed to ensure the cat doesn't become too vigorous, further hindering the recovery process.

Cleaning Incisions

it is important to clean incisions and areas near it at least once daily with peroxide. To do so, soak a cotton ball in peroxide and lightly dab the area with the incision. Approximately 10 days after the procedure you will need to have her rechecked with the veterinarian. Sutures can be itchy and irritating, so you should ask to have them removed at this time. This is free of charge at most veterinarian facilities.

Watch for Excessive Licking

If your cat is licking the sutures, they risk being split open. Watch for excessive licking and if she is licking, get her an Elizabethan Collar. Sutures that have opened can be expensive and require more treatment. The collar will keep your cat from reaching the sutured areas and can be purchased at most pet stores.

Provide Love and Attention

This is an important part of the healing process because it will speed up the recovery time and put your cat in a better mood. Your cat will be healed in a short time and you can feel better knowing you provided the best care and attention for her.