Vermont Companion Animal Neutering
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Middlesex VT

Post-Operative Instructions for Cats

Emergencies call 272-7402, a message will direct you to our emergency service. Do not call this number unless you have a concern about an animal who had recent surgery at our clinic. If you are unable to speak with someone and feel you cat needs immediate attention, please call Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services (BEVS) at 802-863-2387

Post Surgery

  1. You must keep the cat in the carrier or box until he/she can stand alone. Check your cat frequently for the next 6 to 8 hours while it is waking up from the anesthesia.
  2. Keep cat alone in a room overnight. Room must be well ventilated and quiet. Towards evening give the cat water and offer a small amount of food. The cat may not eat until tomorrow. If your cat is a kitten, feed the normal amount tonight, at your kitten’s regular feeding times. Your cat(s) may vomit periodically from the anesthetic.
  3. Females – Check incision daily for swelling or drainage. There are no sutures (stitches) to remove. Please call us if you are concerned about the incision. Some cats will develop a hard small lump at the incision site. This is caused by a slight reaction to the stitches. It will go away, but may take a couple of months. No stitches in males.
  4. Keep female cats indoors until the incision heals (1 week).
  5. Do not let your cat out for as long as possible (a week is ideal, 48 hours is the minimum). Restrict cat’s activity as much as possible during the first 48 hours after surgery.
  6. Tattoo Ink has been applied to the abdomen of males and females. This will heal as a colored line. If your cat should ever become stray, a veterinarian or shelter staff will be able to tell that the cat is altered, and prevent unnecessary surgery.
  7. Keep young children away from cat(s) for 48 hours after surgery.
  8. Call the emergency number if:
    • Your pet has not eaten or had water for 48 hours
    • Your pet is vomiting after 24 hours
    • Your pet is lethargic and not his/herself after 48 hours
    • There is bleeding or opening around incision

Vaccines

  1. If your cat was vaccinated for rabies for the first time the booster is due in one year. If your cat had a previous rabies vaccine, the booster is due in 3 years.
  2. If your cat was vaccinated with the distemper complex vaccine for the first time, you must booster the distemper vaccination in one month for adequate protection. Distemper complex should be given yearly.
  3. For yearly vaccinations see a full service veterinary clinic.

General Cat Care

  • Cats infected with ear mites must be treated because the mites can damage the internal ear causing, pain and infection. Ear mites are infectious so all other pets must be treated.
  • If your cat was treated with Revolution it will kill fleas and ear mites. Re-treat in 1 month if necessary, but not before.
  • To spray your house for flea infestation, use a 210-day residual spray to kill larva and eggs.
  • Feline leukemia is a deadly disease in cats. Currently it is more common than cat distemper. We strongly urge you to test and vaccinate your cat for feline leukemia especially if your cat goes outdoors.
  • Keep your cat indoors at night to prevent contact with wild animals that may have rabies!
  • Have your cat’s teeth cleaned once a year to prevent tooth loss from tartar and infected gums.
  • All collars on cats are dangerous unless they have elastic inserts!!! Strangulation can be caused by collars.
  • Do not feed dog food to cats or use dog products on your cat. Dog food has no taurine which cats must have to survive.
  • Dog flea products often kill cats, over the counter flea medications do not work and are often harmful to pets.
  • Never give your cat Tylenol or aspirin or other human pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs! Over-the-counter medication can kill cats. Use only vet-prescribed medication.
  • Pets love the taste of antifreeze but it will kill them! Clean up all spills thoroughly and immediately.