Woodland Veterinary Centre
Care of your spayed Cat
The following instructions are to ensure that your animal has a safe and speedy recovery.
Your cat has had her uterus and ovaries removed. This procedure is a routine abdominal operation, which requires you to monitor her recovery over the next 48 hours. Once home, give her the opportunity to go to the toilet and then let her settle in a warm, quiet room for the rest of the evening. It is important to keep her indoors overnight to give her time to fully recover from the anaesthetic. If your cat is already going out, she will be fit to go out again 48 hours after the operation. The area of missing fur on her leg is where the anaesthetic drug has been given. Your pet might also have a slight cough, which is from having an endotracheal tube placed during the operation, which will resolve over the next few days.
A bowl of water should be left down and a small amount of food offered once she is settled. Rather than her normal food offer a light meal such as chicken, fish or Hills i/d. If she does not eat within 12 hours of arriving home, then contact the Vet.
Check the incision wound daily to make sure the stitches are still in place. 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 necessary.
Please treat her gently especially when lifting her. We would like to see her again in 10 days to remove the stitches.
Long term feeding advice:
After neutering, a cat's a 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