Most cats anaesthetised for routine neutering procedures go home the same day. A small area of hair may have been clipped from one or more of your cat’s legs and /or neck, don’t worry this will soon grow back. This is to allow for the administration of the anaesthetic, and for the collection of blood samples. Anaesthesia usually involves placing a breathing tube in the windpipe and occasionally this may cause a little irritation afterwards. You may notice some slight coughing, but this should not persist for more than a day or so.
Your cat should be able to walk although may be a little drowsy. You may be surprised how bright your cat is, but your pet may need some special care. When you get home, take your cat to his/her bed or favourite place and encourage rest. Keep your cat warm and offer the special diet you have been given if he/she appears interested in food. Do not worry if your cat doesn't want any but it may help him/her to sleep. Ensure that water is near to the bed and a litter tray is nearby, then leave your cat to rest.
Please bring your cat in for a check up in 3-5 days.
Male cats (castrates) should be kept indoors for 48 hours. They may go out and resume their normal lifestyle the following day. It is important, however, to check the site of the operation every day for any redness or swelling. There are no sutures to be removed following a routine castration.
Female cats (spays) should be kept indoors until their stitches have been removed. It is important to check the site of the operation daily for any redness, swelling or discharge. If your cat is worrying the wound e.g. licking or pulling the sutures, we can supply a collar to prevent this happening (there will be a small charge). Stitches are usually removed after 10-14 days. Sometimes cats have dissolvable sutures or reversed sutures which do not need removal. You will be advised on which type your cat has.
If you have selected a pet vest to protect the wound please check your cat over every day to ensure the vest is not rubbing. Your cat should be able to pass urine and faeces with the vest on but check for any soiling as this may delay wound healing.
Your cat will have been given a painkiller following the operation. If the vet has prescribed further medication, please read the dosage carefully and complete the course of medication.
Some useful tips for giving tablets:
- Place tablets in a treat, such as chicken, tuna or something else strong smelling.
- If you are worried about using your fingers, you could try a 'Pill Popper'. This is like a syringe, but the tablet fits into a clasp at the end and when you push the plunger the tablet is forced out. Ask a nurse or your vet to demonstrate one to you.
If you have any questions about your cat's treatment, please feel free to ask any member of staff.