Caring For Your Cat Before And After Surgery

Considering cat surgery can be a stressful time for pet owners. Most cat surgery today has a low risk associated with it. At Kindred Care Pet Hospital in Richmond, TX, if our veterinarian recommends surgery, we will review all of the risks and benefits of the procedure. There are some steps that you can take to make sure your cat is comfortable during this time.

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Before Surgery

The pre-surgery process may change slightly based on the procedure, but there are some general steps to take before surgery. Fast your cat the night before surgery. Remove food from where it is usually located, so they do not try to eat it. Continue to allow your cat to drink water until it is time to leave for the surgery. Continue to give your cat any prescribed medications unless we tell you otherwise.

If your cat has a chronic illness, we may need to provide special instructions for fasting. Check with our team about those requirements. Please be on time for the surgery. There is an important process we follow before surgery, so your cat needs to be on time. Pay close attention to all instructions and follow them carefully. Contact us with any questions.

After Surgery

Some of the post-surgery instructions may change based on the specific surgery, but these general guidelines should be followed. Some procedures are routine and cats can go home a few hours after anesthesia. Other procedures are more advanced and require an extended stay. 

At pick up, we will review any medication needs, along with food and water. We will tell you how to take care of any bandages or stitches. We will also talk to you about how to care for your cat and provide some helpful tips. Be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment before you leave with your cat. 

Once home, allow your cat to recover where it chooses. It should be a quiet and warm place. Reduce any stress for your cat and make sure it is comfortable. For the first 24 hours, you should closely monitor your cat. Keep your cat indoors for at least 24 hours, or until the stitches have been removed.

Most surgeries require your cat to have stitches and you have to make sure your cat does not lick them. Your cat may have to wear a cone so that it does not lick or pull at the stitches. Keep an eye on the incision to ensure it is not red, swollen, or has discharge.

Why Choose Kindred Care Pet Hospital?

We care about your cat as if it was our own. We provide comfort and expert care for all of your cat's needs. Call Kindred Care Pet Hospital in Richmond, TX, today at (281) 265-0009 to schedule an appointment.

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