PET CAT POST SURGERY CARE
I have laid out here steps to take when bringing your pet cat back home from undergoing surgery, give extra tender loving care and please pay extra attention to what your furry little baby goes through.
Avoid touching the area that's been operated on while in your care. However, if you need to clean wound, make sure your hands have been washed and sanitized properly before and after contact.
- Your cat is still under anesthetics and may need up to 6 hours to come to. Make sure that your cat is placed in a clean and quiet confined area preferably a cage that is large enough because it is still very weak and can not balance itself properly.
- Keep your pet warm by placing cloth or old newspapers if confined in a cage, making sure to clean up soon after it urinates or defecates. Keep your kitty and the cage clean and dry at all times.
- You may provide just a little bit of clean drinking water and soft post surgery cat food only after it can get up and balance itself fully, your cat can drown in the water bowl because it is still drowsy. Your cat may only regain its appetite a day after surgery or maybe longer depending on the type of anesthetics given, please check with your vet for any special needs that your cat may require at this time. Some cats will vomit in the first days after surgery; this is considered normal after effects of anesthetics. Make sure that it lies on its side or you can prop its' head up a bit and that its body is not contorted, which can disturb its breathing.
- It is best to keep your pet cat confined in a comfortable cage for 7 to 14 days post surgery to ensure its wound heals fully, not having the stitches undone and risks of an infection are avoided. If you notice the surgery wound area is swollen, discharging pus or blood or emits a foul odor, have the cat checked by the vet immediately.
- Sometimes the surgery wound will be bandaged, leave it on for 3 to 4 days after the surgery as long as it stays dry and clean, if bandage gets soiled and you need to remove it, you would have to keep an eye on your cat so that it doesn't tug or bite excessively on the stitches.
- Avoid bathing you pet cat for at least 14 days after undergoing surgery. You may wipe your cats' fur with damp cloth or towel if your kitty gets soiled, making sure the surgery wound remains clean and dry at all times, water or urine seeping in through the stitches can cause serious infections.
Thank you and give yourself a pat on the back for being someone who is caring and responsible towards your loved furry one.