Best ways to care for your cat after surgery

What should I do when my cat arrives home after surgery?

The first thing you should be concerned about when your cat arrives home is comfort. You should provide a soft clean bed in a draft-free room with a temperature between 20 and 240C.

How do I feed my cat after surgery?

When you arrive home, wait for a few hours and then feed your cat half of their normal dinner. If they still seem hungry after eating, you may offer them the rest of the meal after one hour.

Why is my cat’s foreleg been shaved?

If you notice any shaved area on your cat’s leg, do not panic, it is typically where the sedative or anesthesia was administered.

Is it normal for a cat to seem very sleepy?

Remember that your cat was given general anesthesia or a sedative. These drugs take many hours to wear off and may cause drowsiness for a day or two. So give your cat some time and their sleep cycle will return to normal.

How do I stop my cat from chewing the stitches or licking their wounds?

Your cat may try to lick around the surgical site; that’s their normal instinct. That’s why it is important that you get an Elizabethan-type protective collar (also called E-collar or “cone”). This helps to prevent chewing.

Should I be concerned about a slight cough I observed in my cat?

During surgical operations, a tube may be placed in the trachea to administer anesthetic gas or oxygen. This tube can cause a slight cough due to irritation. This is normal and would often diminish in the next few days.

What should the incision look like after surgery?

The incision after a surgical procedure should look very clean and the surrounding skin should be either normal or slightly reddish-pink.

  • Intermittent blood seepage that goes on for more than 24 hours
  • Excessive swelling or redness of the skin
  • Continuous or excessive blood draining
  • Unpleasant discharge or smells

When will the stitches be removed?

Most times, the stitches or sutures on your cat will be removed 7 to 14 days after the surgical procedure. However, the actual time is dependent on the surgery type. Your veterinarian will often tell you when to return for suture removal.

Will my cat receive medications subsequently?

After a surgical procedure, you may be given pain medications or other medications. Ensure that you read the labels carefully and follow the instructions as prescribed by your doctor.

When can a cat resume normal activities?

The type of surgery your cat undergoes will determine when they will resume normal activities. Most times, there’s a need to restrict your cat for at least one or two weeks. In cases where the sutures are to be removed, activities need to be on hold until the sutures are removed.


Your cat needs a lot of care and attention after surgery. You need to keep a close check to ensure they are not put at risk of hurting themselves, licking, or scratching the incision. If you notice any strange behavior, however, ensure you visit your veterinarian for a proper checkup and follow every instruction given to you accordingly.

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