Aftercare for Your Recently Spayed or Neutered Cat

Spayed Care

One of the most important decisions you can make for your cat is whether to have them spayed or neutered. By doing so, you not only prevent unwanted litters, but can reduce their risk of certain health problems as well as undesirable behaviours. As with any medical procedure, there is an aftercare period to consider. It’s important to understand what to expect and how to care for your cat during this time, so they recover without any complications and can get back to their usual selves in no time.

 

What is spaying and neutering?

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures during which a cat’s reproductive organs are removed. Female cats will undergo spaying, which is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries. This can prevent unwanted pregnancies and help reduce the risk of certain cancers and infections. Neutering, on the other hand, involves the surgical removal of the testes in male cats. Neutering a male stops them from reproducing, it can also help reduce the risk of prostate and testicular cancer and reduces their urge to fight with other cats. Both procedures can also curb undesirable behaviours like spraying.

When will your cat need this procedure?

Most vets recommend waiting until your cat is at least six months old before spaying or neutering them, however, this can vary depending on your cat's breed, size, and overall health. Your vet will be the best person to advise you on when to schedule your pet's procedure.

 

Looking after a recently spayed cat

Your cat will need to take it easy for a few days after being spayed. During this time, it’s important that you keep them subdued and monitor their recovery.

How to keep them comfortable

Your cat may experience some pain and discomfort after their procedure, however, there are things you can do to alleviate this and speed up the healing process. Firstly, ensure that your cat is kept in a warm, quiet, and comfortable location, away from other pets or loud noises. Make sure they have a soft and cosy bed to rest on, preferably away from any drafts. You'll need to limit their activity for the first few days and keep them from jumping or climbing until they have fully healed.

What to look out for

It’s normal for your cat to experience some swelling and redness around the incision site, but if you notice any unusual discharge or bleeding, contact your vet immediately. It’s also important to monitor their eating and drinking habits. A spayed cat should be fed a balanced diet to ensure they are getting the necessary nutrients for a full recovery, and always have access to fresh water. If they’re not eating or drinking as usual, and appear lethargic, contact your vet.

 

Looking after a recently neutered cat

Your male cat will need similar aftercare to a female cat that has been spayed. After being neutered, they’ll need some down time to recover, during which you should keep an eye on how they’re healing.

How to keep them comfortable

Keep him in a warm and quiet place, give him lots of love and attention, and prevent him from jumping or climbing. Remember, your cat will experience some pain and discomfort, but this should only last for a few days.

What to keep an eye out for

Similar to spayed cats, neutered cats may experience some redness and swelling around the incision site, which is normal. However, if you notice any discharge or bleeding, or a loss of appetite and lethargy, contact your vet immediately.

 

When to seek professional advice

If your cat is experiencing prolonged pain, excessive swelling, or if they have not healed within the expected timeframe, it's best to seek professional help. Your vet may prescribe medication or recommend further tests to ensure your cat's health and wellbeing. Spaying and neutering are essential for preventing unwanted pregnancies and promoting your cat’s overall health, however, it's important you’re aware of the aftercare they’ll need following these procedures. Make sure your cat is kept in a warm and comfortable location, observe them regularly and seek professional help if necessary. By taking the necessary precautions and carefully monitoring your cat, you can ensure a smooth and speedy recovery for your beloved pet. For more tips and advice on caring for your cat, check out our pet care blog.

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