Cat recovery after surgery
Any surgical intervention is a big stress for the animal’s body. How quickly the pet recovers depends on the complexity of the procedure and the quality of postoperative care. How to do everything right and help the cat recover faster?
1. Strictly follow the recommendations of your veterinarian.
The word of a veterinarian is the law. Follow the recommendations and do not self-medicate. If the doctor prescribed antibiotics to the cat, give her antibiotics, and exactly as many days as it should be, even if it seems to you that the pet has already recovered. All appointments must be observed – the success of rehabilitation depends on this.
2. Monitor the condition of the pet.
If possible, take leave in the first days after surgery. A weakened cat will need your help and careful monitoring of the condition: temperature, stools, stitches, etc. A veterinarian’s phone should always be on hand. In case of deterioration or if you have questions, be sure to contact him.
3. Handle the seams.
Recommendations for the treatment of sutures must be provided by a veterinarian. Hygiene must be maintained so as not to provoke inflammation.
In no case should the wounds be treated with iodine or brilliant green: this will cause a burn. Usually, veterinarians recommend chlorhexidine or Vetericin solution – powerful and completely safe antiseptics. By the way, they are applied painlessly.
4. Do not let the cat lick the stitches.
The cat should not be allowed to lick the stitches, otherwise they will become inflamed and will not heal. Block the “access” to the seams using blankets or a special collar.
5. Arrange for your cat an ideal resting place.
During the day after the operation, the cat may have impaired coordination, as the effect of anesthesia will still hold. So that she does not accidentally fall and injure herself, arrange for her a calm, warm place on the floor, away from drafts, doors and household appliances. The same applies to weakened pets. If your cat is not yet strong, it is undesirable to lay it on high surfaces (bed, chair, etc.).
Also, after surgery, the temperature of cats drops. The owner’s task is to prevent the pet from freezing. To do this, help a plaid and a soft warm stove bench with sides.
Cat recovery after surgery
6. Restore immunity!
A nutritious diet gives the body strength to recover. A special diet for a cat will be prescribed by a veterinarian.
To speed up the rehabilitation process, add special prebiotic drinks (Viyo Recuperation) to your diet. Prebiotics have already established themselves in human therapy as an effective means to strengthen immunity and, more recently, have also been produced for dogs and cats. In addition to strengthening immunity, they have a good effect on the intestines. Prebiotics stimulate the contraction of its walls, which is very important in the postoperative period. The effect of anesthesia causes atony (slowing down the movement of the intestinal wall), leading to constipation. If the operation is abdominal, in the first days the pet is painful to push, and constipation causes great discomfort. Prebiotics solve this problem.
Make sure that clean drinking water is always available for the pet.
During the rehabilitation period, the animal needs rest. Other pets, children, loud noise and other irritants should not bother him. Rest and sleep are the most important steps to recovery.
9. The owner should look after the cat.
After the operation, the weakened pet experiences stress, and sometimes even fear, and may behave inappropriately. Communication is not what he needs at this stage. It is advisable to disturb the cat as little as possible, and entrust the care to one person – to the one whom she trusts the most.
10. Limit physical activity.
In the first time after surgery, physical activity is contraindicated in cats. Over time, the life of the pet will again become active and energetic. But how quickly this should happen and at what pace – the veterinarian will tell.
Be careful and take care of your pets. We wish them a speedy amendment!