ZORRO : I am quite worried this morning : Pixie is going be operated to be spayed. That make me feel nervous to know her alone at the vet : she is so little ! She left with Claire before 7:00 am, and she will back middle of the afternoon.
I don’t think that she’ll be in shape on her return, then to welcome her in the best conditions, I inquired. Here are my advice to watch her well-being from her return :
- Unless the vet gives you other indications, you can feed your girlcat the evening following the operation. Don’t worry if she has no appetite this evening.
- To encourage your girlcat to eat little, offer her her favorite food, or a little tuna, or a few shrimps which are digestible.
- If your cat has to take post-operative medicine, they must be generally given at meal time. Don’t give them if your girlcat refuses to eat, and ask advice from your vet.
- Your girlcat should start again eating the next day. Contact your vet if she still ate nothing 24 hours after the operation.
- 10 to 14 days are needed so that the skin heals, and at least 2 weeks so that the section is closed well : avoid letting go out your girlcat during this period. It’s necessary to avoid any “excessive” activity, and to avoid that the wound is wet or made dirty.
- Your girlcat can completely resume her usual indoor routine (moderated activity and moderated game at the beginning).
- You have no particular care to do except to verify that the scar remains clean and healthy.
- Verify the suture every day ; check that it’s not red, doesn’t ooze or doesn’t wide. If you see one of these signs, make a control at the vet.
- If the wound is made dirty by ground or excrements, you can clean it delicately with lukewarm water, slightly salt solution, or solution with very diluted Betadine. Check very attentively, because there is a big risk of infection !
- Don’t let your girlcat lick her scar : she risks to infect it with the present bacteria of her mouth, or to pull the threads with her teeth.
- Don’t bathe your girlcat before two weeks (from our point of view, it should be forbidden to give a bath to a poor innocent cat, that’s a human’s idea, really !)
- If the threads used for the suture are not made to be reduced, it’s necessary to make them remove after 14 days by the vet.
- Most of cats don’t seem to be in pain too much ; if your girlcat seems to suffer, your veterinarian can prescribe painkillers. In every case, never give human medicine to your cat !
If your girlcat doesn’t eat, doesn’t drink or drinks too much, doesn’t go to her litter box or makes black dropping, vomits, is depressed, it’s not normal : rush at the vet’s !
I believe that’s all ; now, I cross my paws so that everything goes well for Pixie !