Caring for a cat after surgery
Unfortunately, often, instead of reliable facts, the owners learn frightening myths that may prevent them from properly caring for animals. But there are fundamental facts that cannot be neglected.
Fact No. 1. Improper nutrition after surgery contributes to the development of obesity.
After the operation, the pet’s metabolic rate decreases, it becomes calmer and slower. Along with this may increase the likelihood of gaining excess weight. In order to avoid risks, it is enough to change the usual diet of the animal to a special one, whose caloric content is about 10% lower than that of the feed for an unsterilized animal.
Fact number 2. Overweight is dangerous to the health of the pet.
It is widely believed that neutered and sterilized cats are prone to developing urolithiasis (ICD). This is not true: a disease of the lower urinary tract is not associated with an operation, but develops against the background of a metabolic disorder, an important risk factor for the development of which is obesity, peculiar to pets after surgery.
In addition to urolithiasis, sterilized cats also face oral diseases, so it is useful to introduce food into the pet’s diet, which serves to prevent the risk of urolithiasis and supports healthy teeth and gums.
Fact number 3. Neutered cats live longer.
For neutered cats that are on the street, this is explained by the fact that, against the background of their calmer behavior, the number of injuries and infectious diseases that animals can acquire during conflicts or other interactions with each other is reduced.
After castration, the probability of feline leukemia, immunodeficiency virus and sexually transmitted infections is significantly reduced. Also, castration and sterilization reduce the risk of cancer of the reproductive organs.
Fact number 4. “Revenge” of cats is not associated with castration.
After castration and sterilization, the cats become calmer and even trainable. If the pet regularly confuses the owner’s things with the tray, the reason may lie in improper upbringing or lack of attention from the owner.
But this “manifestation of character” is worth paying attention from a medical point of view: if this behavior repeats, it can be a sign of diseases of the urinary system. And in this case it is necessary to show the pet to a specialist.
What kind of care does a pet need immediately after surgery?
In the first 12 hours after castration or sterilization, the cat or cat needs your special care:
• Place the pet on a clean and soft bed.
• Place the deckchair on the floor and protect against drafts.
• You can give water after 6 hours of waking up.
• Do not feed
• Place a clean tray next to the stove.
• Do not use filler
• Rinse the toilet with hot water after each use.
• Protect your pet from elevations and sharp corners, as well as from solid food
When should urgently consult a specialist?
• Have you noticed bleeding, foul odor from a wound or discoloration of the skin?
• Respiratory rate over 30 times per minute
• Weakness and dizziness did not disappear 14 hours after anesthesia
• Impaired coordination and lack of appetite persist for more than 24 hours after surgery.
• Your pet refuses to eat and drink more than 24 hours after waking up.
• Pet has trembling limbs
• Pet behaves atypically: clogged in corners, shows unusual anxiety
• In case you fed a cat or a cat, but there is no stool for more than 40 hours
Exercises should be performed in parallel with the diet to help the cat get rid of excess weight. This contributes to the overall health and vitality of the animal. In addition to the benefits of improved health, doing exercises with a cat is a great way to play with her and have fun.
• Wake the cat in the morning. If she is not hungry, she can sleep for a long time. Don’t let her do this. Wave a toy in front of her face to wake her up and make her move.
• Place its feeder at some distance from it. If you leave dry food for a day, put it in a different room, and not near the resting place – walking will provide some muscle development. Also on the way to follow it to the stern, you can place toys to stimulate additional activity.
• Make the cat run. Even if it’s just a run to her favorite chair, provoke active movements with clapping hands, the sound of car keys or the sound of creased paper.