Cat neutering, also known as castration, is a surgical procedure done to remove the testicles of a male cat. It is important that cat owners provide special care and support after the surgery and during the recovery period to aid in maximum healing.
Before fetching the cat at the clinic, make sure to prepare the bedding and sleeping area first. Provide clean linen and disinfect the basket or bed. Place the cat bed at a quite area, safe from other pets.
When you fetch your cat, make sure to bring thick linen to be used in carrying him. This will help in cushioning, thus making the cat more comfortable during the travel towards home.
Take note of the veterinarian’s instructions regarding medications. Don’t hesitate to ask questions when confused, especially on drug administration and storage. Make sure to label each medicine clearly to avoid confusion.
For the first hours after surgery, the cat may experience lethargy, grogginess, nausea, vomiting, lack of balance, irritability and aggression towards other pets. You should instruct the children and other members of the house not to bother the cat while it is resting.
When the cat arrives home, place him comfortably in bed. Check the wound and see if the dressing is intact and if there are no signs of bleeding. Offer a small amount of water. He will be thirsty from the long hours of fasting before and during the surgery, so make sure to guide him to drink slowly to avoid vomiting. After drinking, you may give small amount of food and you may increase the amount gradually when you feel that the cat is already able to take it in.
Recovery period usually takes up to 14 days. You should clean and disinfect the wound everyday and dress it with the veterinarian’s recommended materials. Always keep it clean and dry. Also, watch for signs of infection like foul odor, swelling, tenderness, and pus formation. Contact the veterinarian immediately if you notice any of these.
Avoid strenuous activities such as running or jumping. This might give stress to the wound and might damage the stitches. However, allow your cat to have short walks for exercise. This will help in fast healing as it promotes good blood circulation. Allow the cat to breath in fresh air everyday by allowing him to stroll at the lawn, of course with your supervision.
Make sure that your cat does not lick the wound because this may damage the stitches and may cause infection. An E-collar, commonly known as “the cone,” may be used to address this problem.
Lastly, follow the veterinarian’s advice regarding the follow-up check-up to make sure that the cat is recovering well. During the visits, you may also state concerns and problems regarding the caring process because the veterinarian will be the best person to help you when it comes to your cat’s health.