How to ensure the well-being of your girlcat after spaying

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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 !

21 thoughts on “How to ensure the well-being of your girlcat after spaying

  1. Georgia and Julie

    Zorro, we too will send purrs that all goes well for Pixie.
    You are a good brother to explain all the things you need to do when she comes home.
    We know she will be in safe paws with you 🙂
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  2. Summer

    I am purring for Pixie to come through her spay as well as I did mine! I was starved when I got home and couldn’t wait to get fed, even though my human followed the vet’s instructions and made me pace myself. Also, it might be hard to keep her quiet past the first couple of days – I know it was with me, and Sparkle, when she was spayed, wanted to play the very same day!

  3. Deztinee High

    Aaaaw Zorro meez purromises there’s nuffin’ to worry ’bout. Weez be purrayin’ but hers gunna be fine. hers gunna be a little gwoggy and dwunk when hers comes home and hers gunna hurt a little but da VET put a pain blocker in afur hims sews hers up. She might not wanna play specially ruff purrlay fur a foo days, and she might not be able o jump up on fings wight away. Weez purrayin’ and cwossin’ paws, so evewyfin’s gunna be okay. Wiff yous luvin’ and waitin’ on hers she’s one of da luckiest girlys wound.

    Luv ya’


  4. Marg

    That is some good info for after the surgery. All mine were ready to go again after a couple of days. They don’t try to do anything at first since it does hurt to jump or play. Happy Wednesday to all of you.

  5. Kitties Blue

    Zorro, we are quite sure your Pixie girl will be okay. You are, however, a good big brother for worrying. make sure she gets extra loving when she gets home again. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  6. da tabbies o trout towne

    dood…yur babee sister will be great; she will just need to take it easy for a few; no jumping, running like a crazed cat, getting into catnip, eating grazz……best fishes two ewe pixie; hope you are home and resting by the time you see this ♥♥♥

  7. LP

    Don’t worry Zorro. Pixie will be fine. She might feel a little quiet at first but all the girls over here bounced back quickly after their spays and the challenge was trying to keep them from running around too much! 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo

  8. Athena

    Very good advice!

    I can remember when I got spayed 3 years ago. Wasn’t happy about it but at least my mum came to pick me up and bring me home very quickly. I thought I’d never see her again when she took me back to the place she got me from to have it done.

    Purrs to Pixie xx

  9. Bev Green

    Oh Darlin’..sorry we have had a heady ache and are a bit behind..but we know Pixie is fine 🙂 a very good rest and lots of loves will see her up and about before you know it 🙂 we send all our loves and hope little Pixie is well and good 🙂 loves Fozziemum xxxx

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