Woodland Veterinary Centre
Care of your castrated Cat
The following instructions are to ensure that your animal has a safe and speedy recovery.
Your cat has had a routine operation to remove his testicles which requires you to monitor his recovery over the next 48 hours. Once home, give him the opportunity to go to the toilet and then let him settle in a warm, quiet room for the rest of the evening. It is important to keep him indoors overnight to give him time to fully recover from the anaesthetic. If your cat is already going out he will be fit to go out again 48 hours after the operation. The area of missing fur on his legs is where the anaesthetic has been given. Your pet may also have a slight cough, which is from having an endotracheal tube placed during the operation, which will resolve in the next few days.
A bowl of water should be left down and a small amount of food offered once he is settled. Rather than his normal food offer him a light meal such as chicken or fish or Hills i/d. If he does not eat within 12 hours of arriving home, then contact the Vet.
Check the incision wound daily to see if it is looking red and sore. You may notice some swelling in the scrotum, this is normal and should slowly subside over the next few days. Occasional licking of the wound is quite normal but excessive licking of the wound should be prevented as this may cause the area to become red and sore. You may find the clipped area around the wound looks wet, this is where the sterile surgical preparation was used prior to the operation. You will be provided with an Elizabethan collar to use if you feel it is necessary.
Please treat him gently especially when lifting him. We do not need to see him again after his operation unless you are unduly worried.
Long term feeding advice:
After neutering, a cat's hormonal balance changes, causing the metabolism to slow down and their appetite to increase by up to 25% despite using 30% less energy. This makes neutered cats three times more likely to become overweight, therefore we recommend Royal Canin Neutered Cat.
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO DISCUSS THEM WITH YOU.
A 24 hour emergency service is available on 01730 814321