What You Need To Know About Your Cat's Recovery After Spay Or Neuter

Posted on: 12 March 2020


Do you plan to spay or neuter your cat in the near future? You are making a responsible choice that will help animals avoid overpopulation. At the same time, you might have some concerns about how the procedure will go. While most cats have no problem recovering from the procedure, it is always smart to be aware of what may happen.

How Do Cats Behave During Recovery? 

Often, cats have a more adverse reaction to the pain medication and anesthetic they receive when they are sedated than the procedure itself. You will notice that your cat probably sleeps more often. When he or she does walk, they do so slowly and with care. They may eat less at first, but their appetite should return as they begin to recover. Keep in mind that your pet will also likely appear slightly "zombified" while they are under the influence of pain meds.

Some side effects are less common and may indicate that your cat may need to see a vet soon. These symptoms include swelling, bleeding, redness, and walking very slowly days later. Your cat should also regain an appetite within a day of the procedure.

How Can You Help Your Cat After Spaying or Neutering?

There are several steps you can take as a good pet parent to ensure that your pet is spayed or neutered and returns to normal life safely. To start, you should be sure that your cat remains calm and is not super active right away. Avoid playing or letting your cat outside for this period of time. If you have more than one cat or dog, it is also a good idea to keep your cat alone for a few days. In the meantime, ensure that your pet wears the collar that your veterinarian recommends.

Next, you need to pay close attention to the surgery location. Ensure that the area does not appear swollen or red over time. It should also not be bleeding. If you suspect an infection or something else wrong, you should call your vet right away. Your cat may need some medication.

Finally, ensure that you bring your pet to all the recommended follow-up appointments for best results. Your pet may need some additional treatments, like antibiotics, that you do not want to miss. If your vet did not set up a follow-up appointment, call to ensure that you have something set up. For more information about spaying and neutering, speak to a professional.