Feline Post-Op Information

Feline Post-Operative Owner Information

Your pet has undergone general anesthesia and surgical sterilization.  For the safety and well-being of you and your pet, please read and follow the post-operative instructions (Please request feral discharge information for any feral animals.):

Sutures – We use dissolvable surgical tissue glue and sutures for female cats that do not require removal in most cases.  Male cat neuters do not require sutures.  Please be advised that sutures can take up to 4-6 months to dissolve.  Occasionally there will be some swelling that will generally resolve itself in a few days.  Males do have significant swelling in their scrotum area, and it may even look like the testicles have not been removed.  Rest assured that they have been removed.

Recovery Time – Immediately following discharge, please keep your cat in his/her carrier for 2-3 hours to allow complete recovery from anesthesia.  Your cat must be kept indoors for 7-10 days after surgery, during which time you can carefully monitor your cat’s recovery.  Restrict your cat’s activity to a small room such as a bathroom or laundry room.  Do not allow running or jumping, and keep your cat(s) separate from all other animals.  Do not allow your pet to get wet during this recovery time.

Food and Water – Stomach upset can occur when any anesthesia is used.  After surgery, restrict the amount of food and water.  Offer a small amount of water 2 hours after your cat gets home, and a small amount of food 1 hour after the cat keeps the water down.  Repeat these small feedings for the rest of the day.  Regular feeding schedules can be resumed the next day.  Kittens 4 months and under should be fed and given water as soon as they get home.

Incision Care – Check the incision twice daily until healed.  A small amount of blood or fluid seepage immediately after surgery is normal.  Typical symptoms are:  decreased appetite, decreased energy level, nausea, and/or slight swelling or redness at the incision.  If these symptoms persist,  please call our CatSnip Medical Hotline at 404-895-1979 until 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  After 8:30 PM and on weekends, please contact your nearest emergency animal hospital.

Elizabethan Collar (E-Collar) – If your pet licks the incision, it might irritate or damage the area.  If needed, use an Elizabethan collar during recovery.  These collars can be purchased from us for $12.00 or at other pet supply stores.

Litter – Please use shredded newspaper or a commercial brand called Yesterday’s News or Good Mews (available at most pet supply stores) instead of litter for 7 days post-op to prevent dust particles from irritating the incision.


EmergenciesPlease take the time to familiarize yourself with the animal emergency facility nearest to you.  If you have any concerns about your pet’s medical condition within two weeks following surgery, please call our CatSnip Medical Hotline at 404-725-2286 until 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  After 8:30 PM and on weekends, please contact your nearest emergency animal hospital.  For medical records and other non-emergency information, please call our office at 770-455-7077.