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How to Provide After Surgery Cat Care

If your feline needs surgery, you must prepare for after surgery cat care.  Following the right steps will help your kitty make a full recovery. 

If your cat needs surgery, you will soon find out that the operation is only half the battle.  The other half is caring for your cat during the recovery process. 

We have listed some tips that will help you provide excellent after surgery cat care.  

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Keep Your Kitty Somewhere Safe

Pick a place for your cat to recuperate.  This could be a large crate (such as a dog carrier), a bathroom, or a bedroom.

Just make sure that the space you choose allows your cat to rest.  It should also be small enough to prevent physical activity. 

That being said, your cat shouldn’t feel cramped.  The recovery area needs to have enough space for your pet’s bowls, cat bed, and litter box. 

If you can’t create a recuperation zone in your own home, look into boarding your cat at the vet clinic.   

Let Your Cat Rest

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Due to anesthesia, your cat will probably be drowsy right after the surgery.  Allow your feline to rest while the effects of anesthesia diminish.     

Even after those effects have completely worn off, you should keep your cat calm and quiet for at least one week following the surgery.  That means no going outside, running, jumping, playing with toys, or engaging in any kind of intense physical activity. 

The recommended recuperation time varies from one situation to the next.  Your veterinarian can tell you when your cat is ready to resume normal activities.  

Be Careful with Food and Water

Giving your cat too much food or water after the surgery could cause nausea.  Be sure to ask your veterinarian for advice on when to start feeding your cat.     

Your vet might recommend waiting until the next day.  Or you might be advised to provide small meals several hours after the surgery has finished.  Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s specific guidance.    

Follow Your Veterinarian’s Medication Instructions

Most surgery patients are given pain management medications.  Although necessary, you must carefully follow your veterinarian’s directions when giving the medicine to your cat.  

If you have any questions at all, don’t be afraid to ask your vet.  It would be much better to ask too many questions than to make a mistake that could harm your beloved kitty. 

Regularly Exam Your Cat

While your cat is recovering, keep a close eye on your furry friend.  Check your feline’s surgery wounds on a daily basis to ensure they are healing properly.  If not, let your veterinarian know.   

Call the Vet If You Have Questions

We’ve already advised you to contact your veterinarian several times throughout this article.  And now, we want to mention it again.

Why keep bringing it up?

Because it’s really that important. 

Remember, there’s no shame in getting help from an expert, especially when your cat’s health is at stake.     

Persevere

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After surgery cat care might feel like a major ordeal.  But no matter how tempted you are to take shortcuts, don’t give in.

Allowing your cat to jump back into action too soon could harm your precious kitty.  And that would lead to more medical care and additional recovery time.   

You definitely want to avoid that! 

But don’t despair.  Before you know it, your cat will be fully recovered.  Then you and your four-legged buddy can move on with your lives.