Feline spaying is becoming more common nowadays. Spaying is done by removing the ovaries and uterus through an open cut. It will then be sutured and covered with a gauze or similar material to protect the incision.
Spaying is done to prevent the cats from going into heat, from developing uterine or breast cancer later in life, to prevent developing uterine infections, and to prevent the cat from being pregnant. It helps your cat maintain its health, especially with regards to its reproductive system.
After the surgery, it is best if you bring your cat home after she has been stabilized. Do not leave your cat in the hospital, as she may be more likely to be left in the cage for the whole night. Whereas in home, you will be able to look after her while she is safe and secure.
Remember the veterinarian’s instructions regarding medications. You may want to take note of it, especially if there are more than 2 medicines, to be sure not to forget its dosage and timing. When fetching your cat at the clinic, bring along a blanket so that the cat will feel more comfortable when you carry her and place her in the cat carrier.
Remember that after surgery, the cat will experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, grogginess, lethargy, and confusion. Also, be aware that she has been through a painful and frightening day. Your understanding for the following days will aid a lot in her recovery.
Upon arriving home, do not give food or water unless she is fully awake. You may wet her lips if it seems very dry already. When able, start giving the cat a little amount of water and see if she can tolerate drinking and eating already. When you see that she is greedily drinking the because of thirst, pace her. Drinking or eating too much will be a cause of vomiting. After an hour of introducing water, you may start with giving small amount of foods and may be increased for the following hours.
Check the incision site for bleeding. Also, infection may develop after 2 days so check for any foul odor or discolored drainage that may indicate it. The expected day of full recovery is 10 days after the surgery. If the incision site does not heal within that day, you should contact the veterinarian.
Watch if the cat licks the site excessively. This poses a danger of damaging the sutures and opening the cut. An equipment called the Elizabeth Collar may be used to prevent the cat from reaching and licking the incision site. This type of collar is available in most pet stores or online.
Remember to limit the cat’s activities but let her take short walks. This will promote good blood circulation and aids in fast recovery. Keep her indoors for the whole recovery period and watch her from other pets. Lastly and most importantly, show the cat your love and care by patting her and giving her your attention.