Neutering is a very safe and routine surgery, but it's still a surgical procedure. Your cat will need some time to recover and heal when they come home. If you want your cat to have the easiest and safest recovery possible when they return, follow these three simple steps:
Every surgery is different, just as every cat is different. Veterinarians typically offer generic instructions for post-surgical care after a cat has been neutered. However, you should pay special attention to any unique instructions that they offer.
If anything unusual happened while your cat was under the knife, your veterinarian will let you know. There may be additional instructions that you should follow in order to keep your kitty safe and healthy. Ask your vet if you have any questions, and make sure to read the instructions thoroughly.
One of the best ways to help your cat to heal safely is to purchase a recovery cage. These cages are large enough for your kitty to be able to move around and stay strong, but it will keep them from hurting themselves. Vigorous physical activity like playing or jumping onto higher surfaces could potentially rip stitches or cause trauma to the surgical site.
If you don't have a recovery crate or can't afford one, talk to your veterinarian about renting one. Many vets and pet stores offer recovery cage for a small fee during the duration of your cat's recovery.
Monitor the Surgical Site
Lastly, don't forget to pay attention to the surgical site. In most cases, cats recover without any major problems. However, paying attention can catch any complications early on.
You should make sure to keep an eye open for swelling, discoloration, or bleeding from the incision. If you detect any of these things, contact your veterinarian immediately. It could indicate that the incision has opened up and/or become infected. With early treatment, your veterinarian will be able to easily assess the problem and treat the issue.
Neutering is an easy way to make your cat's life safer and healthier. By reducing the risk of your cat getting into territorial fights, roaming, or developing testicular cancer, your cat will have a better life after being neutered. Following these steps and paying careful attention to your veterinarian's directions will ensure that the recovery process following this procedure goes smoothly. Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about pet neutering.