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What precautions should be taken after a cat is neutered?(1)

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What precautions should be taken after a cat is neutered?(1)

Update Time:2023/10/27
Precautions at the pet hospital


Cats will generally be observed in a pet hospital for a period of time after sterilization. This period is the most dangerous period for cats after neutering.

So at this time, the pet hospital will usually keep her under observation for a period of time before letting her go home. Of course, the owner can stay with her during this period (some hospitals have dedicated personnel to take care of the pet and the owner cannot enter).

If the owner can enter, there are still some things that need to be noted.

1. Don’t turn the cat’s body randomly

After the neutering operation, pet hospitals usually let cats lie flat in a cage or mat.

At this time, you cannot move the cat to change its lying posture. This posture needs to be maintained for a period of time until the cat gradually wakes up before it can be changed.

Don’t hold the cat or flip the cat after you go in. This is very dangerous to do this. After entering, you can accompany the cat silently after entering.

2. Don’t put the pulled out cat’s tongue back.

Some owners see cats that have been neutered and think that the cat’s tongue hanging out looks unsightly, so they want to put the cat’s tongue in.

This is very dangerous because after the cat is anesthetized, the whole body is loose, including the cat’s tongue. If it is stuffed into the mouth, the cat’s tongue may block the respiratory tract and cause suffocation.

Therefore, the cat’s tongue needs to be kept outside until the anesthesia wears off.


3. Just wait quietly during the recovery period from anesthesia

Cats are operated on after being anesthetized. The recovery time for male cats from anesthesia is generally 5-10 minutes, while for female cats it takes about 30-50 minutes.

During this period, the cat cannot be turned over and needs to wait quietly. If the cat turns over or wanders around, you can take care of it to prevent the cat from falling.

You can gently stroke the cat's fur (head or back), or use correct techniques to stimulate the cat to recover in advance.

4. It is necessary to avoid water and food during the observation period.

Because it is required to eat and drink a few hours before the operation to prevent the cat from vomiting and blocking the trachea after anesthesia, most cats may not eat or drink for several hours after the operation (some water can be drank in small amounts) .

We should drink water 3 hours after the operation and eat 6 hours later. Try to feed liquid food and wet food.

5. If the cat is abnormal, call the doctor immediately.

If you find that you suddenly have difficulty breathing, vomiting, scratching, the mouth and nose are deep red and gradually turn purple, or the wound bleeds a lot, or the cat has other natural running around, sudden violent shaking all over the body, etc.

If a problem occurs, please call a doctor immediately and let the doctor handle it. Do not do it yourself (unless you have professional knowledge).

6. Take precautions on the way home

It usually takes 1-2 hours for cats to fully recover from anesthesia after surgery (basically one hour for male cats, longer for female cats).

When walking gradually becomes normal and you can observe various places with curiosity, you can take it home.

It is best to bring tools with a larger space to take the cat home, such as a flight box, cat carrier, etc.

If your tool space is too small, a cat who has just had surgery may press against the wound, and the cat may be in pain once the anesthesia wears off.


We will talk about the protection work for cats returning home after neutering in the next article, so stay tuned!