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Helping Fluffy Recover From Surgery

August 29, 2022
Is your feline pal having an operation soon? Whether Fluffy is coming in for a routine spay/neuter surgery, or undergoing a procedure to address a medical issue, it can be stressful knowing your beloved pet is going to be under the weather as she recuperates. An Ada, MI vet offers some advice on helping your kitty recover in this article.

Bed

Make sure you have a clean, comfy bed for Fluffy to recuperate in. (Tip: this is a perfect time to get her yet another bed.) Put this in a quiet, isolated area, along with her food, water, and litterbox, so she can really relax. This is especially important if you have other pets.

Stitches

Fluffy will likely have stitches, which will itch as they begin to heal. She may try to bite at them, which can be dangerous. You may need to put an Elizabethan or inflatable collar on your kitty to keep her from tearing out her stitches. (You can fully expect your cat to glare daggers at you while she’s wearing it. Just keep reminding yourself that it’s for her own good.)

Time

Follow your vet’s aftercare instructions to the letter. Your feline friend’s recovery time will depend on the type of surgery she’s had. Your vet will give you specific advice on what to expect. With spay/neuter surgeries, males typically recover faster than females, as the surgery is more intrusive for girls. Contact your vet ASAP if healing seems delayed.

R&R

Don’t encourage Fluffy to run or play vigorously until your vet gives the all-clear. There will be plenty of time for pouncing on catnip mice later!

Pills

Fluffy may need medication. As you may know, trying to pill a cat without ending up in the ER can be tricky. You’re probably going to need a helper for this one! You may find it helpful to wrap your kitty in a towel. You can also try hiding the pill in something yummy, such as plain chicken.

Warning Signs

Keep a close eye out for signs of complications. These include fever; lethargy; reduced appetite; vomiting; diarrhea; ripped stitches; and redness, discoloration, pus, swelling, and/or foul smells around the surgical site. Call your vet immediately if you see any of these red flags. Is your kitty due for a visit? Contact us, your local Ada, MI animal clinic, today!
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