Caring for a cat after surgery
Unfortunately, often, instead of reliable facts, the owners learn frightening myths that can prevent them from properly caring for the animal. But there are fundamental facts that cannot be neglected.
Fact No. 1. Improper nutrition after surgery contributes to the development of obesity.
After surgery, the pet’s metabolic rate decreases, it becomes calmer and slower. In some cases, a cat may gain weight after sterilization. To avoid obesity, it is usually enough to change the animal’s usual diet to a special one, whose caloric content is about 10% lower than that of the feed for an unsterilized animal.
Fact No. 2. Excess weight is dangerous for the health of the pet
It is widely believed that castrated and sterilized cats are prone to developing urolithiasis (ICD). This is not true: Lower urinary tract disease is not associated with surgery, but develops against a metabolic disorder, an important risk factor for which is obesity, which is also characteristic of pets after surgery.
In addition to urolithiasis, sterilized cats also encounter diseases of the oral cavity, therefore it is useful to introduce food into the pet’s diet, which serves as a prophylaxis of the risk of urolithiasis and supports the health of teeth and gums.
Fact No. 3. Castrated cats live longer.
For castrated cats that are on the street, this is explained by the fact that, against the background of their calmer behavior, the number of injuries and infectious diseases that animals can acquire during conflicts or other interactions with each other are reduced.
After castration, the likelihood of developing feline leukemia, immunodeficiency virus, and sexually transmitted infections is significantly reduced. Also, castration and sterilization reduce the risk of cancer of the reproductive organs.
Fact No. 4. Revenge of cats is not associated with castration
After castration and sterilization, cats become calmer and can even be trained. If the pet regularly confuses the owner’s things with the tray, the reason may lie in improper upbringing or lack of attention from the owner.
But this “manifestation of character” is worth paying attention from a medical point of view: if this behavior is repeated, it can be a sign of diseases of the urinary system. And in this case, it is worth showing the pet to a specialist.
What care is required for the pet immediately after the operation?
In the first 12 hours after castration or sterilization, the cat or cat needs your special care:
Place your pet on a clean and soft bed.
Place the bench on the floor and protect from drafts
You can give water 6 hours after waking up
Do not feed
Put a clean tray next to the bench
Do not use filler
Rinse the toilet with hot water after each use.
Protect your pet from elevations and sharp corners, as well as solid food
When should I urgently consult a specialist?
You notice bleeding, foul odor from a wound, or discoloration of the skin
Respiratory rate more than 30 times per minute
Weakness and dizziness did not pass 14 hours after anesthesia
Impaired coordination and lack of appetite persist for more than a day after surgery
Your pet refuses food and water for more than 24 hours after waking up
The limb is trembling
The pet behaves atypically: it clogs into corners, shows unusual anxiety
In case you fed a cat or cat, but the chair is absent for more than 40 hours
To help the cat lose weight, exercises must be performed in parallel with the diet. This contributes to the overall health and vitality of the animal. In addition to the benefits of improving your health, doing exercises with a cat is a great way to play with it and have fun.
Wake up the cat in the morning. If she is not hungry, she can oversleep for a long time. Do not let her do this. Wave a toy in front of her face to wake her up and make her move.
Position her feeding trough some distance from her. If you leave dry food for a day, place it in another room, and not next to its resting place – walking will provide some muscle development. Also, on the way to her feed, you can place toys to stimulate additional activity.
Make the cat run. Even if it’s just a run to her favorite chair, provoke active movements with a clap of hands, the sound of car keys or the sound of creased paper.
A caring owner should carefully and comprehensively approach the issue of caring for his neutered or sterilized pet: provide medical care, help to carry out exercises and choose the right nutrition.