Cat Care | Pre & Post Cat Surgery

Your pet can become sick, injured, or contact a disease, and as a result, may need surgery. While always stressful for you and your cat, there are some basic guidelines you should follow to make the process as simple and complication-free as possible. Depending on the type of surgery, whether major or minor, your vet at Dewinton will advise you when your cat can resume their normal lifestyle.

Pre-Operation

  • Your vet will do a full check-up on your pet before the surgery to make sure there are no pre-existing conditions that may interfere with the operation.
  • Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all medications or vaccinations.
  • Your vet may suggest a blood test to screen for disease not made apparent in the physical exam.
  • You may need to administer antibiotics several days before a major surgery to increase your cat’s ability to fight off infection.
  • Speak with your vet to find out about any restrictions to food or water after surgery.

Post-Surgery

  • Your pet will be weak and tired after surgery. Do not try to play with them or get them excited.
  • Leave the hospital with your cat in carrier. This will protect them from any additional injuries.
  • Give them small amounts of food and water until they readjust. Remember to ask your vet about any restrictions following surgery.
  • If a special diet has been given to your pet from your veterinarian, follow it carefully.
  • Limit your pet’s exercise. Climbing stairs, jumping, or running could open up wounds.
  • Make sure the sleeping area is clean, warm and free of drafts.
  • Your vet may give them medication to take during recovery. Follow the label carefully.
  • Sutures are usually removed approximately 10 days after surgery. Check the area around the incision daily for redness, swelling or infection. If you detect any issues, content Dewinton Vet immediately.
  • Try to keep your cat from licking or chewing on the area. If this cannot be prevented, an “Elizabethan collar” can be put on to restrict movement.