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What Precautions Should Be Taken After A Cat Is Neutered?(2)

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What Precautions Should Be Taken After A Cat Is Neutered?(2)

Update Time:2023/10/27
Things to note after your cat comes home after being neutered


The cat can go home after being observed in the pet hospital for a period of time (different pet hospitals have different observation times, some are 1-2 hours, some are 2-3 hours).

After arriving home, the cat will need to be observed at home for a period of time until the wound has fully recovered.

1. Prepare a quiet, warm (cool in summer) and dry environment for the cat in advance

We need to prepare a good environment for the cat to recover from the wound in advance. Most of the sterilizations of cats are for the first time (or the first time for cats of a certain gender). Our preparation may not be sufficient, so we also It should be supplemented according to the actual situation.

2. Eat according to the prescribed time after surgery

It will take a while after the sterilization operation to drink water and eat. Generally, it takes about 4 hours for male cats and about 6 hours for female cats. It can be extended appropriately according to the actual situation.

However, cats feel dizzy for a long time after anesthesia, so their appetite is not good. Don’t worry, you can drink more water.

3. Some cats may vomit when they first start eating and drinking.

This is because cats who have just woken up from anesthesia will be dizzy and nauseous.

Cats will eat a small amount of wet food and drink a small amount of water due to thirst and hunger, but they will vomit after eating for a while.

Don’t worry, this is a normal phenomenon. You can give your cat some probiotics, which can greatly relieve nausea symptoms.


4. There is a huge difference in recovery between male and female cats

There is a big difference between the sterilization of male cats and the sterilization of female cats. Male cats usually recover in about 2 hours after sterilization, and they are alive and kicking when they get home. Some are even in good spirits at the pet hospital. This is not possible for female cats, because the sterilization surgery for female cats is more difficult, the wound and depth are larger, and the recovery time is longer. Because the wound is uncomfortable, the female cat will be very irritable in the first two days or even three or four days.

5. As long as topical medicine is applied, the Elizabethan band should be worn until the wound has healed.

After neutering, both male and female cats must wear cone of shame, but the length of time they wear them varies.

There are two factors to judge when wearing an cone of shame. One is whether you need to use topical medicine. If you use it, you must wear it to prevent the cat from licking the medicine and being poisoned. One is that the wound must be worn before it has healed to prevent the cat from licking the wound and causing wound infection.

If the cat does not need external medicine and the wound has healed, it can be removed even if it has been worn for 2 days. If the wound continues to have problems and does not heal (very few wounds are infected), it cannot be removed even for a month.

6. If there are other cats and other pets at home, they should be isolated.

If it is a multi-cat household with many cats in the home, or there are other free-range pets in the home, then it is recommended to keep the neutered cat in isolation and not have contact with other cats and pets for the time being.

Prevent licking each other from poisoning other cats or pets or infecting the wounds of neutered cats, and prevent fighting between each other from pulling the wounds.


7. Disinfect and deworm the breeding environment in advance

Before neutering, the breeding environment must be dewormed and disinfected. After arriving home, it is recommended to disinfect 1-2 times a day, using a disinfectant that is harmless to cats.

Even if the disinfectant is non-toxic to cats, you should temporarily let the cat out of the room before disinfecting.

8. Eat small meals frequently in the first few days after sterilization

The first few days after neutering are a critical period. This period is not suitable for cats to eat too much to prevent the cat from going to the toilet too often, which may lead to wound dehiscence.

If you usually feed twice a day, change it to four to six times a day, and even add a little bit more to the total amount (the body needs more nutrients to recover).

9. Let the cat bask in the sun for a period of time every day

The UV disinfection effect of sunlight is very good, so letting cats bask in the sun for a period of time every day is very good for cats' recovery.

Cats themselves also like to bask in the sun, of course when the weather is not too hot. And respect the cat’s wishes. If you don’t want to expose it, don’t force it.

10. Do not give climbing frames or any toys during the recovery period after sterilization.

During the recovery period after neutering, put away the cat climbing frame and all cat toys. To prevent the cat from causing wound problems while playing, the cat should mainly rest during this period, and also allow them to do a small amount of exercise.

11. Please pay attention in advance if your cat will gain weight after sterilization.

Almost all cats will gain weight after being neutered, and the weight will be particularly obvious.

Therefore, as soon as the cat is sterilized and the wound has recovered, it is necessary to consider controlling the cat’s diet and reduce high-calorie, high-fat, and high-sugar water compound snacks.

If possible, you can choose a temporary sterilization food for the cat. It is best to change the food before neutering to prevent the cat from being stressed after changing the food.

12. Do not bathe within half a month after sterilization

It is recommended not to take a bath within half a month after sterilization to prevent wound infection caused by bath water.

If the cat gets dirty, you can consider using dry cleaning foam, dry cleaning powder, wet towel, etc. to solve the problem.

13. If you encounter any problems after getting home from sterilization, seek medical treatment immediately.

If the cat develops any symptoms while being cared for at home, such as wound infection, fever, lethargy, vomiting, etc.

It is necessary to discover it in time and send it to the pet hospital for treatment as soon as possible. Don't take chances and wait until it is okay, because sometimes the cat's life will be lost.


Cat neutering is a hurdle that almost every pet cat has to go through.

But now medical technology is becoming more and more advanced, more and more cats and dogs are being sterilized, and pet doctors are becoming more skilled.

Therefore, sterilization surgery has become a daily minor surgery, so everyone does not need to worry so much, but the matters that should be paid attention to must not be careless at all, otherwise it is still very dangerous.