Caring for Your Kitten after Spaying or Neutering
26 July, 2016
care after spay or neuter

When you bring your newly adopted kitten home, there are many choices to make: where your kitten sleeps, the type of food and making sure your home is kitty safe.  But, one decision that is an easy one:  you must spay or neuter your kitten to avoid overpopulation.

There are so many reasons to spay or neuter your kitten and if you have adopted a kitten, the rescue or agency will make sure you do so.  Neutered or spayed cats are less likely to spray to mark their territory or urinate outside of the litter box.  They also tend to be less aggressive, better behaved house pets and are more likely to get along with other cats.   (see our other article on  The benefits of spaying and neutering)

Neutering or spaying your kitten is safe and done routinely

The surgery is very safe and done routinely, but because your kitten undergoes anesthesia and gets stitches, so your kitten will need some special care after the surgery.  Below are some recommendations for after the surgery:

Prepare a special quite place for your kitten to recover

Try to prepare a special room or place for your cat to recover. Your kitten will be groggy after the surgery and may have difficulty walking.  Choose a warm, quiet kitten-friendly room with a bed or blanket, litter box and water bowl. Your kitten will probably want to sleep for several hours after returning home from surgery.

Keep an eye on the incision

Keep an eye on the incision to make sure it does not become infected. Talk to your veterinarian immediately if the incision becomes red or swollen, or if it is bleeding. If your cat is excessively licking or chewing at the incision, he or she may need to wear a protective collar until the wound heals. Spread vitamin E oil on the incision if your kitten will let you. This will help the wound heal faster.

Also pay attention to symptoms you think might indicate an infection, such as discharge or any discoloration.   Call your veterinarian if you see anything unusual or it looks as if the incision isn’t healing properly.   If all looks good, most vets use dissolveable stitches that don’t require any future attention.

Your kitty will eat when he or she is ready

Wait to feed your cat until he is hungry. If your kitten does not want to eat at his designated meal time, try not to worry.  But, don’t allow your cat to go for more than a day without food.  You can give him a small amount of canned cat food or even a little tuna. Your kitten should be back to his regular diet the day after surgery.

Hold off on any kind of play sessions

Avoid strenuous play for the first few days following surgery to avoid tearing out the stitches. Your kitten will probably want to play anyway, but try to prevent him from jumping or playing roughly. Once the wound is healed, you should play with your cat regularly to keep him active and healthy.

Your kitten will be back to normal after a day or so.  But, it might take up to a week for the incision to close and heal properly.

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