The only surgery for most cats, if they’re lucky, will be their spay or neuter surgery, but even these simple procedures require some special care for a few days. For more complex surgeries with longer recovery times bring even greater challenges. Cats may be uncomfortable, experience pain, and their ability to move around freely may need to be temporarily restricted.  Knowing what to expect, and what to watch out for, can make caring for your cat after surgery less stressful for you and help your cat recover faster.

British veterinarian Mike Farrell, BVetMed CertVA CertSAS Diplomat ECVS MRCVS, an orthopedic surgeon with a strong interest in chronic pain management, created a comprehensive guide on how to care for your cat after surgery. The guide addresses

    • the first night at home
    • how to get your cat to eat after surgery
    • litter box management
    • pain control
    • wound care
    • exercise restriction
    • confinement
    • creating an ideal recovery space

Even though the guide is titled Feline Bone and Joint Surgery, the advice applies to any procedure.

This guide was created to raise money for Blind Cat Rescue.

It’s always upsetting when your cat is facing surgery, but knowing what to expect and how to care for your cat after surgery can make it a less stressful experience for cat and human.

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3 Comments on How to Care for Your Cat After Surgery

  1. I learned the hard way to keep the cone on and not feel sorry for the cat wearing it. When Nani had her spay surgery she was so little that when she walked with the cone on, it slid on the floor in front of her. I took it off and she chewed on her stitches. So, she had to go back to the vet. Since the cone was so big, I decided to make her a tiny body covering from an old t-shirt to keep her mouth off the stitches.

      • She was so tiny. In fact the vet kept putting off her surgery because of her size. But she was getting near the age when she would start heat so he said he needed to do it. Back then I didn’t know about the different types of cones and the one the vet had was still too big. They had to add gauze the the neck hole just so it would stay on her neck. The body covering worked good. I have since then seen tiny body coverings made from sock.

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