Cat surgery is likely going to be part of life for your little pet. Most cats undergo at least one surgery in their lives, usually spaying or neutering. Other surgical procedures sometimes performed are the removal of lumps, bladder stone removal, biopsies and exploratory surgery, among others.
It’s imperative to learn about the proper measures you can take before any surgery to reduce anxiety and confusion for both you and your cat. If you know what to expect and how you can help, the procedure itself and the recovery process will go more smoothly.
Here is What to do a Week Before the Surgery
One week before your feline friend comes to the animal hospital, check to see if all his or her vaccinations are up to date. Talk to your veterinarian about the vaccines necessary for your cat to safely undergo surgery and, if required, hospital boarding.
Many vets recommend rabies and distemper shots administered at least five days prior to the date of the surgery. These shots will stimulate the cat’s immune system and protect him or her from possible infections. Remember that the shot should be given in advance because the protective effect takes time to work instead of immediately.
Here is What to do a Few Days Before the Surgery
If your vet recommends your cat will require a special diet after the surgery, it’s best to purchase the food in advance. This way, when your pet comes home, you can spend much-needed time with them instead of going out to buy the food they need.
Clean your pet’s bedding and sleeping area so that when they come home, he or she will feel comfortable. Clean bedding also helps the incision heal better with fewer problems, and prevents the risk of infection. If possible, section off a part of your home for your cat, and designate it as the “recovery room.” This area should be free of noise and stressful activities, and the litter box along with sufficient food and water should be accessible.
Here is What to do One Day Before the Surgery
Is your cat currently taking any medication? If so, be sure to ask your veterinarian if it should be administered the morning of the surgery. Some medications can be continued; however, the surgery may require an empty stomach. You need to know which of the two routes is best for your pet.
You may want to give your pet a bath the day before surgery and clean their ears and trim the nails. However, if your vet tells you cleaning won’t be necessary, just give your cat’s fur a good brushing the night prior to the procedure. Brushing reduces the amount of matted hair that may accumulate if they lie still for many hours during their recovery, and it lessens the need for any brushing post-surgery.
The day before the surgery, don’t let your cat play rough. You don’t want your little pet suffering from muscle soreness along with the usual anxiety that accompanies surgery. Also, be sure to have your cat stay indoors the day before the procedure; many times cat surgery has had to be postponed because the patient can’t be found.
If the vet advises that no food or water should be taken after midnight, don’t forget to take away your cat’s food and water so that it’s not available. Moreover, see to it that members of the family and other pets avoid winding them up through play, and allow your cat the chance to get a good night’s sleep – he or she will need to be fully rested in order to bounce back quickly after the surgery.
With a bit of preparation, you can help make cat surgery for your little pet less worrisome and ensure a speedy recovery.
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