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
- 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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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.