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cat going for ...THE BIG SNIP!!!

jiorji
October 2nd, 2005, 01:00 PM
My Twiggy's going for her spaying op in 2 weeks :sad:

yeah i know it's a good thing, but she's my little baby and I don't want anything sharp going near her cutting her up. Plus she has to stay there overnight!!!!! That means I can't be there for her when she wakes up

What should I expect after she comes home?? Will her tummy fur be shaved off? Will it grow back??
Poor baby :(

How long will it take before I see her running around chasing her ball again?(yeah as mentioned before my cat has a split personality disorder, she tends to think she's a dog at times)

sigh... :sad:

Prin
October 2nd, 2005, 01:06 PM
Yes, she'll be shaved. Yes, it will grow back. No running for at least a week- no jumping off stuff. Watch the licking. If the sutures change in anyway that isn't a healing way, go back to the vet.

CyberKitten
October 2nd, 2005, 01:32 PM
I am sure she'll be fine.I worried about my baby girl after her snip too but she was a brave little kitty. She slept thru most of the day - no overnight stays here (and you might ask your vet why. Often, cats are just as comfortable at home.) And make sure your vet gives you penicillin (1/ day for 5 days or so seems to be the norm) or an equally effective antibiotic just to make sure no infection has managed to make its way into the area of the incision. Antibiotics are pretty much par for the course now. Make sure she does not lick the area too much - she will lick it some but be careful she does not manage to take out the stitches. This is not something that happens often tho. I know I am overprotective meomy but she really was just fine.

jiorji
October 2nd, 2005, 01:43 PM
gosh stiches...I'm sure she's a tough little kitty, and when she comes home mommy's gonna be here to cuddle with her.

They'll keep her overnight for supervision.To make sure there's no bleeding or whatnot.
How long before your kitty was back to normal Cyber??
well not that I don't trust Prin's response... :D

Prin
October 2nd, 2005, 01:46 PM
I just told you how long you have to stop her from being normal... I never said anything about when she will be back to normal... :evil: :D

CyberKitten
October 2nd, 2005, 01:58 PM
YY was back to herself in a few days - maybe 3 but I did not let her overdo it for a good 5 days. She recovered very well actually and would have ran around the next night if I had allowed her to.

jiorji
October 2nd, 2005, 02:05 PM
I just told you how long you have to stop her from being normal... I never said anything about when she will be back to normal... :evil: :D

sigh...what IS normal??

lol

Lucky Rescue
October 2nd, 2005, 02:12 PM
So nice to see a responsible owner! :thumbs up

Your kitty might not use the box for the first 24 hours after surgery. This is normal. She might also not want to eat, but offer water and small feeding when you bring her home. Don't be alarmed if she shows no interest.

Young cats heal up very rapidly and she should be herself within 48 hours.

Keep an eye on her incision to make sure she does not try to remove the sutures,and that there is no puffiness, extreme redness and swelling or oozing.

jiorji
October 2nd, 2005, 07:06 PM
Your kitty might not use the box for the first 24 hours after surgery.

maybe that's another reason why they'll be holding her overnight.

monman
October 2nd, 2005, 08:12 PM
My two kittens just got spayed on Friday morning. Took them home that same evening. They were kinda "drunk" that night and stayed put (no food or water that night). Small area was shaved, they have internal stitches, so no worrying about them picking at it or having to go back to the vet to remove. Within 5 minutes of getting home, they both used the litter box. It was as though they were holding it in until they got home!! :)

Next morning, they were slow walkers, started eating and drinking a little bit. I made sure not let them jump around or get feisty. Slept most of the day, back legs had maybe 60-70% strength. Normal litter box activity.

This morning, they were more active. Able to hop up on the bed, the sofa, low window sill. Normal eating and drinking, back legs are at about 85% strength.

You should check the incision area twice a day to make sure there is no bleeding. Some swelling is normal. Make sure they don't bite at the area, but licking should be ok for internal stitches.

Vet said they need to be supervised for about 8-10 days and within 3 months, the fur should grow back and the cut will heal. No meds given by the vet, and they don't seem to be in any pain whatsoever.

I was VERY worried about them, but seeing them nearly back to normal already made me feel much better.

jiorji
October 2nd, 2005, 08:57 PM
I'm glad your kitties are recovering well :)

Prin
October 2nd, 2005, 09:00 PM
I was told at the vet I worked for that they shouldn't eat for 12 hours post surgery and to watch out for possible drowning in water dishes (if they're still really drugged).

monman
October 2nd, 2005, 09:25 PM
I was told at the vet I worked for that they shouldn't eat for 12 hours post surgery and to watch out for possible drowning in water dishes (if they're still really drugged).

Yes, I was told the same thing. I left their bowls empty from water and food for the night they came home and put only a little bit the next morning when I was sure they were steady on their paws.

CyberKitten
October 2nd, 2005, 09:35 PM
It is prob a precaution Prin - and they usually sleep and are groggy or appear "out of it" for about 12 hrs postop anywway. My baby tried to follow me as soon as she was out of the carrier and before I could grab her, she was on a computer monitor into which she urinated later in the day. (Amazingly, it still works, lol) It was warm and had been a fav place of hers so I am guessing she just wanted to be there and with me at the desk. Later, she slept on my lap as I worked at the computer and then on my bed. She was not interested in eating until the next day.

I took out her stitches myself 10 days postop - they were really no different than those we suture children with even tho admittedly, nurses tend to do that more than me. But she healed nicely and while she did like to lick at them, she never pulled them out. I never used an e collar either - there was just never any need.