Your Kitten Has Been Neutered – Next Steps In Care
7 November, 2011
You finally decided on which adorable kitten that you should bring home and it turns out he’s a boy! Congratulations. The first and best thing you should do for your male kitten is to neuter him. Most male kittens can be neutered when they are five to six months old, although your veterinarian may want to perform the surgery sooner or later.
Neutering your kittens has many benefits. Neutered 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.
Neutering requires that your kitten undergoes anesthesia and gets stitches, so your kitten will need some special care after the surgery. Below are some recommendations.
PREPARE A COMFORTABLE SPACE FOR YOUR KITTEN
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 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.
Ask your veterinarian if you need to bring your cat back in later to get the stitches taken out. Some vets use dissolvable stitches that do not require any future attention, or they may even use a special type of glue instead of stitches.
HOLD OFF ON FOOD
Wait to feed your cat until he is hungry. If he does not want to eat at his designated meal time, try not to worry. However, 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.
AVOID STRENUOUS PLAY
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.
I hope these steps help your kitten post-surgery. While neutering your kitten is uncomfortable for him in the short term, the long term benefits are worth the extra care and effort.