February 20, 2019

Caring For Your Cat After Neutering

One of the big things on the to-do list after adopting or rescuing a kitten is neutering, especially if you aren’t planning on breeding your cat and if you’re wanting to let your cat outside. It’s preferable if you neuter them even if you are planning to keep them indoors and aren’t planning on kittens because whether you have a male or female cat they are little buggers when it comes to being in heat or smelling a female in heat and they will do everything in their power to escape. Effie is around 5 months old and has not long come out of her first heat cycle so we decided to book her in to be spayed before she came into heat again.

A heat cycle in cats is about 3 weeks. On average, a cat is “in heat” for 1-7 days then has a break of 1-2 weeks. During heat female cats will meow a meow that can only be described as something dying. Honestly, Effie’s meow when she was in heat was the worst sound I have ever heard in my entire life. Ok maybe not that bad but it was loud as hell and sounded dreadful. Cats may also spray urine on everything and “present” which is basically then shoving their arse in your face even more than usual.

Shopping List

>> Cone (if your vets don’t provide one)
>> Chicken and rice (you don’t have to do this but I found Effie was super fussy after)
>> Mikki Cat Snoozer (the padded edges make it easier for them to lie comfortably with a cone)

The night before

>> No food or water after midnight
>> Keep outdoor cats inside
>> Get the cat carrier ready for the morning

Normally, your cat will be expected at the vets early morning so you will be asked to restrict their food and water intake after a certain time. We gave Effie her meal at 10pm but typically she didn’t eat it so I ended up giving ehr some ham just so she had eaten something and wasn’t hangry all night. They will be fed a light, gentle meal as soon as they come round from the aneasthetic later although Effie didn’t touch it.

Effie went in at 8:40am and we picked her up at 3pm but she was just waking up around 1pm to give you an idea. The operation itself is super quick but she also had her microchip fitted too

When they get home

>> Small meals
>> Warm, comfortable place to rest
>> Keep outdoor cats in
>> The cone of shame (which will already be on your cat when you go to pick them up)

We were warned than Effie may be a little out of fit for a while after she came home although she was wobly in the car and for a couple of minutes after she came out of her carrier she was up and playing within about half an hour and she scared me half to death with how much she was crashing about the place. She was also starving, she turned her nose up at the food they gave her at the vets so I fed her bits of chicken here and there spaces out over an hour or so beause feeding them too much too soon can make them sick. We gave her half the normal amount of wet food for her supper which she scoffed down. Make sure they can drink ok with the cone on, I found we had to fill Effies bowl a little higher so she could drink out of it easier.

As for somewere warm and cosy, we turned the heating up a bit for her and put her Mikki Cat Snoozer near one of the radiators out of the way of the kids although she obviosuly ended up in her bed on El’s bed, haha. Her cone made it really difficult for her to get comfy but the padded edges of the Cat Snoozer helped prop her head up like a pillow to stop her cone from getting in the way too much.

She also likes to have it placed on the window sil and more recently, the top of the bin because the sun beams through the window and hits that spot and obviously, that spot is exactly where she wants to lie. She kepts falling off but I put the snoozer on top and voila! Sunny spot is finally comfy!

The next day

>> Keep up with any meds
>> Continue to keep outdoor cats in until the vet says it’s ok to let them out
>> Resume regular meals

Effie was presecribed Metacam for her pain relief following the surgery, she had an injection after which lasts about 24 hours so her first lot of oral painkillers were due the morning after. She was incridibly lively and almost herself until I gave her the Metacam and then she went and lay in her snoozer and didn’t move all day, not to eat (unless it was chicken or Dreamies) she wasn’t drinking or using her litter tray. I kept up with the meds for 2 days until she started to really drool which soaked her neck badly and formed a pool in her cone as she slept. We spoke to the vet who said that Metacam can make them feel sick which is likely to be what had happened and to just make a note should she be prescribed it in the future but it was ok to stop it. (Day 3 I didn’t give her any pain relief and she was bouncing off the walls again and eating normally, using her litter tray as normal etc.)

Post op check #1

At 2-3 days post surgery they will have their first post op check where the vet will check the wound, their temperature and told over any concerns you may have. Effie had a slightly raised temperature ebut the vet was happy that this was more that likely to be caused by her being so stressed at the vets as she didn’t react to her palpating the wound and didn’t appear to be in any pain with it.

Post op check #2

This will be the last check up unless there are issues with the healing or your cat isn’t doing well. Effie’s wound at this point had all scabbed up and mostly come away to leave a clean scar. The vet was super happy and she was discharged there and then much to her relief because she bloody hates the vets. She hasn’t been wearing her cone for a few days now, we did ust keep it on at night or when we couldn’t keep an eye on her and she was really good actually, she didn’t lick at it much at all but obviously you need to be careful but it’s all healed now and she’s free to do anything she likes, including have a bath which strangely is one of her favourite things, haha.

I hope this was helpful, I know I was googling like crazy about it when Effie was due to be spayed so I hope this has helped someone!