What Is Aftercare Like When A Cat Is Spayed?

Getting a cat spayed is a pretty big step. While cats go through this procedure all the time, it's up to a pet parent to make the right decision to get their cat spayed. So if you're curious about what comes after your cat has been fixed, here's what you can expect.

Limit Movement

Female cats go through a little more of an intense procedure than male cats do when being fixed. Female cats need to have their lower abdomen opened up in order to access the sexual organs that will be removed, so females typically take a little longer to rebound from the procedure than males.

As a result, one of the most important things you can do for your cat when she gets home is to restrict her movement. If you have a pet kennel, that's a great place to keep her. Otherwise, limit her to one room with her food, water, and litter box and no high surfaces to jump up onto. This will ensure that her body can heal and that she won't accidentally rip open her stitches.

Pain Medication

Some cats will receive pain medication when they come home from being fixed. This is usually an oral medication, either a pill or liquid.

It's very important that you don't miss giving your cat her medication. These drugs not only help to reduce discomfort but also bring down inflammation, quickening the healing process. If you've never had to medicate your cat before, make sure to ask the vet to show you how before you leave. 

Monitor Incisions

Last, but extremely important, is the responsibility of checking your cat's incisions on a daily basis. In fact, twice daily is an even better idea.

You won't have to do much here. All you need to do is look at your cat's belly. Look for signs of tearing, like stitches coming out or the skin gapping away from itself. But most importantly, look for signs of infection. Redness, swelling, and oozing are all bad signs that indicate that your cat is developing an infection. While this kind of problem is quite rare, if you do notice that your cat is showing signs of infection, don't wait to go to the vet. It's imperative that she gets help right away.

Getting a cat spayed will extend her lifespan and ensure that she doesn't develop certain types of cancers. It's one of the best things you can do for a family pet. So if you're convinced that you can handle the aftercare, get your cat spayed today. Contact a provider of spaying services for more information.