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300987 tn?1219983665

After spaying my cat

I just had my 7 month old spayed yesterday. She was out of it the entire night. She peed herself. This morning I went to check on her and she is definitely moving way more than she did yesterday. But her eyes just look different and she is acting more needy. I didn't get any pain medication. Is that necessary? How long until spayed kitties start acting normal again? How do I handle her? Is picking her up going to hurt? When can I clean her stomach? She has leftover blood around the incision area. I left her in the bathroom overnight with litter, food and water, and it looks like she didn't touch any of it. She is crawling all over me and purring, so I am wondering if she is feeling any pain. How long should I keep her separated from the other cats in the house? They like to play fight.

I feel so bad for having this done, and I hope she will still be the same kittie...  :( Thanks for answering any questions!
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203342 tn?1328737207
I would definately keep her away from the other animals for awhile until she's healed, especially if they are active and would be jumping on her. You don't want her incision to get pulled. She will be sore for awhile. Don't worry about getting this done. With the overpopulation we have in the world, it's best to get them fixed. She will be a happier cat too. She will be calmer. Just give her time to heal. I had a couple of cats fixed. Don't worry, she'll bounce back. Just remember, she just had surgery! If you just had surgery, you wouldn't want to play right away either! It's normal for them to not want to eat right away either. I know I didn't want to eat the day after I had surgery. I wouldn't worry about cleaning her right now either. You don't want to be pulling around the incision area. When she feels up to it, she'll start cleaning herself. The tricky part is keeping her from pulling at her incision. Did they give her the kind that dissolves? It's been a few years since I've had a cat get fixed. I'm not sure what they're using right now.
Just watch her and give her hugs and extra attention right now. She's still your kitty! :)
300987 tn?1219983665
I think I'm just worried because when I had her brother neutered, he was fine after a couple hours. I guess her surgery was more major than his was. Her stiches are internal so they dissolve. She just seems sooo fragile. Thanks for your advice. She will be getting lots of extra love.  :)
203342 tn?1328737207
Yeah, it figures. Us females always have it worse. Even with us humans it's major surgery to "get fixed" where as with a man it's just "snip, snip" and they're outta there! Lol. Somehow that doesn't seem fair, does it?
Just try and keep her warm and comfortable and try to keep her from jumping up and down on things. I know, easier said than done!

I just picked up Sweet Pea from the vet this morning. She just got fixed yesterday. She seems fine, just a little sleepy. I put her in my room with a blanket on the floor and some litter and food. I'm going to keep her in my room for awhile since the kitten we have still likes to play and jump on her. You're right! They do use the kind of stitches that dissolve. I found that out this morning. Just gotta treat them gently and give them some luvin for awhile.
Hope your kitty starts feeling better soon!
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I think your kitty will be fine. Maybe a little spoiled   :)

300987 tn?1219983665
Ahhh yes, she is very spoiled and pampered. You wouldn't guess it based on how sweet and loyal she is. She is doing better now. The medication wore off finally this afternoon it seems and she has started to clean herself. She just hasn't pooped yet, but she hasn't eaten much since Wednesday night when I had to cut off her food supply before the surgery. She still has a lazy kind of look in her eye, but I'm sure that will go away.

Ya april, they told me that her stiches were internal, so that's cool that we don't have to worry about having them taken out.

When can she be bathed? We usually bathe our kitties at home. She peed herself when she was passed out from the medication and she got her fur all wet. So she needs a bath!
203342 tn?1328737207
They told me when I picked up Sweet Pea today to not bathe for up to two weeks post op. Let me share the list they gave me:

*Surgery lowers body temperature. Keep your pet warm (normal room temperature) for at least 7 days after surgery, even if it is an outdoor animal.

*Check the surgery area for any discharge or oozing.

*Lift your pet evenly to avoid discomfort.

*Do not put your pet on a bed or high place after surgery.

*No runnng, jumping, or roughhousing.

*Pet must be put on a leash when outside.

*Females in heat must be isolated from males for one to two weeks after surgery.
*Males still have the potential of impregnating females up to two weeks after surgery.

*You should be concerned if your pet shows signs of listnessess, refuses to be with people, or displays major personality changes for more than 24 hours after surgery.

*If you have a general feeling that something is wrong - please call us.

*No suture removal is required unless otherwise instructed.

*Do not bathe for two weeks post-op.

Food and water: Excessive food may cause vomiting. Offer only small amounts of food and water until the day following surgery, and then return to normal. Do not be concerned if your pet has a poor appetite shortly ater surgery or does not have a bowel movement during the first 24 hours.

I'm surprised they didn't give you a paper like this. It does sound like your kitty took a long time to come out from under the drugs. I'd watch that if she should ever have surgery again.

Sweet Pea did great! She got fixed Thursday afternoon and they kept her overnight at the vets. I just picked her up this morning and she looked a little sleepy, but now she's acting great! I'm surprised how well she's walking around. I don't know how they think we can keep them from jumping up on things though! She's been jumping up and down on my bed.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share this list with you. I hope it helps. I know you're dying to give her a bath. There's bathing cloths you can buy at PetSmart. Maybe you could just use the bathing cloths for awhile. Remember to keep her warm, though!
Take care.
300987 tn?1219983665
Wow, thanks! Ya, I got NOTHING from this vet. I have never been there before and probably won't go back again. All she did was hand me the cat and say she will probably be out for the next 4 hours. I wasn't told anything else. I had to call back to ask if I have to bring her back to remove any stitches. GRRRR....oh well!

I noticed my cat was very cold after surgery. If I had known it was from surgery, I would have done more to try to keep her warm! And ya, my cat hasn't sit still since yesterday afternoon. :) Thanks for the info on the bathing too! I will let her take care of herself for a couple weeks.  :)

Glad your kittie is doing well!
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I had my two male cats neutered five days ago.  They woke up and were back to a somewhat normal energy level withing 24 hours.  I didn't expect them to be running around, etc... and they are not.  But they are alert and seem to have gotten back to their habits, although definitely resting more.  One of them also peed on himself (in my car!!! - yuck!K!K) on his way home from the surgery and I know I'm not supposed to wash him until he's back to "normal."  My problem is that they both started throwing up when they resumed eating and drinking liquids.  It is now five days post-op and they are still throwing up (about 4 times a day).  I called the vet when vomiting started 48 hours post-op and they said to bring them in for de-hydration concerns.  But since the cats are still drinking and eating, despite vomiting, I'd rather not bring them into a hospital where they are more likely to pick up viruses.  I'm just wondering how long I should wait out the vomiting.  (The cats don't seem weakened yet.  they are 2 1/2 years old and in excellent health despite this temporary situation.)  I'm just wondering if they picked up a stomach virus in the hospital, or are having a reaction to anesthesia or nervousness.  One of them (the one who started vomiting earlier) has started showing a little blood in the vomit (mostly bile).  Has anybody out there had a similar situation?  I have a feeling that they might have been given a lot of anesthesia material because they are almost like feral cats and past vets have had trouble sedating them and finding their veins.  Post-op, the vet tech apologized to me because they said one of the cats woke up early and was very scared and charged the bars in the cage and beat up his nose pretty bad.  I had told them that the cats would need restraint.  I was surprised that they didn't restrain them post-op  too (?? - I'm not sure if it's just something required during pre-op and operation).  Does anybody have any insights?  The paper I got from the vet said that vomiting might be normal initially (I assume they meant for one day after the procedure).  But now that it has continued for four days past that, I am a little concerned.  My instinct is to wait it out another day or two to see if there is any improvement.  I just want to know if it's possible for a cat to need a week to get the stuff out of his system instead of just a day.  I"ve also tried feeding them rice and boiled chicken, but as they are not used to this "neutral" food, they are not eating it.  They are just eating their normal food (Fancy Feast wet "fish" recipes, and Science Diet Nature's Best dry food).
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My new kitten was spayed 6 days ago, she has a pretty awful infection.

Looking back:
I should have kept her in a dog crate the first 24 hrs post op.  She was very active and I think that the handlers at the vet were not clean.

I am really sad to see her kind of butchered in a way.  The underbelly is very swollen with the infection and a reaction to the stitches.

She continues to try and scratch there because it itches.  I am not sure how to handle that.  Her paws are dirty obviously and then she touches her open wound where the stitches came apart.  The Vet just says it's looking better and we are on antibiotic.

Anyone have suggestions?
My older girl also got an infection, just give her those antibiotics and she'll be fine.

(It was extremely hard to get Kiki to stay still, I just ended up putting her in a room where there wasn't much to jump on/down from, since she did that a lot. She still got into some trouble, rambunctious as she was.)

Her wound was no longer infected and healed after the first 7-10 days, even with her constant activity. Think it took a little closer to 10 days for her.
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after getting your cat spayed is it normal for male cats to still show up at your door, she was fixed 2 weeks ago.   thanks
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Hi Guys, I had my female persian cat spayed 8/8/09 and she returned home in the next day with me.  I found her to be very weak and didn't want to eat or drink. It has now been almost a week since she has had a bowel movement and I am becoming more than a little concerned for her. I have made an appointment with a different vet as I wasn't too impressed with the level of care she got at my other vet.  Doea anybody have any idea's on what may have gone wrong in the procedure??

Amanda  Glasgow Scotland
Some cats just don't deal with anesthetic as well.

As for the bowel movement, that is serious, get her to a vet asap! I don't know if your prior vet did anything for that to happen, or if it is constipation/depression. There's a lot of reasons that could happen.
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my two 4-month old females got spayed 3 days ago, and before i was taking them in for the surgery, i had a very bad feeling about it, and now i regret this for sure. they are in much pain, they are suffering. they are ferals that i've taken in, and the vet said i could let them out the next day after surgery, and i have to tell you, that if i did that they'd be dead. (but maybe that's the whole point). they refuse to eat or drink. one of them just lays and purrs in a VERY WEIRD way, which is what they do when they are in pain, the other one is very restless and crying. both of them have tears coming out of their eyes. everytime i look at them, i start crying myself, because i cant stand seeing innocent animals in pain. i never go to doctors myself FOR ANY REASON, medical profession has become a death and sickness industry long time ago, and that's the last time i've taken an animal to a doctor as well. only natural cures and home remedies ALL THE WAY. And those of you who want to attack me by saying that there is overpopulation, DONT BE SUCKERS, folks! there is no overpopulation, animal, OR HUMAN. do your research, THE REAL RESEARCH, not what the soap box and the talking heads tell you. There is a massive agenda on the go for human and animal extermination. and when it comes to all those poor animals in shelters being SLAUGHTERED, thats the hand of HUMANS. animals have a natural way of being born and dying in the wild, the natural way, whether it be because they are not strong enough to survive, or they end up being someone's food. that's the way it SHOULD be. if the government and NGO's would just butt out of dealing with the world "problems" everything would get back to its own balance. and for the hard of thinking, it's the governements who always CREATE problems in order to 'deal' with them, whatever it is, in order to capitalize on it and push their agenda.
587315 tn?1333552783
livefreeordie-NO attacking from me!!!  I agree with ya!  It sounds like you and Mandy had absolutely horrible vets that did the spaying.  It sounds like both of your kitties have infections from unsanitary surgical conditions.  It truly breaks my heart hearing about the c r a p p y care that your kitties got.  I hope that all of the cats are on antibiotics, it sounds like they need them!
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I just got my 6 month old kittie spayed. She's on pain killer and antiotics. She's doing great..... She has stitches on her belly that needs to be removed in 2 weeks. is it ok to put a bandage over the incision area where the stitches are from keeping her from licking it or removing the stitches? I refuse to put an e-collar on her.......
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Hey all, I had my 6 month old female kitty spayed last week and I feel horrible for doing it! She has been making terrible coff sounds and grunts ever since. She gets into these bouts of what seems like choking and her voice is very distorted. It's been 6 days after the surgery. I'm not sure what to do, I cannot take her back to the vet as she is very traumatized from the incident. Any advise appreciated.
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Sounds like kennel cough (bordetella). Have you had your kitten vaccinated for it before? If not I suggest you go back to the vet and seek treatment for that (there are antibiotics) and get the vaccination.
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It sound's like your kitties didn't go to a good vet. But no offense you should have done more research on the vets office you were taking them to, and called your vet when they weren't acting normal. Also, over population is a government "created" problem...but only in the sense that most people do consider a domestic house cat just that: domestic. Meaning that they are house pets. Not meant to survive in the wild. And im sure after hundreds of years of keeping them this way they are not really suited to live in the wild. Hence where over population comes in because people decide they want to breed their cats or just don't care. It's called over population because shelters and the like do not have enough space or food to support all of these cats, and do not want to see them on the streets where they can cause problems for humans as well. (diseases, damage to property, disruption) So a lot of places are FORCED to put these animals down. If the cats had been properly spayed or neut. in the first place we wouldn't have this problem. I really didn't want to come off like I was attacking you..but it's ignorance like this that really bothers me.
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Your cat probably sounds like that because when they are put to sleep for the procedure a tube is inserted down their throat to make sure they are getting enough air. The tube can cause a sore throat a hoarseness for a while.
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i got my 1 year old cat spayed 1 week ago..5 days ago her incision became infected and i took her to her vet who gave her antibiotics and she responded to them and was much better..but just today i found some mucusy discharges on her vagina and she's licking it constantly.she seems so needy she keeps cuddling and mewing to me...i called the vet he told me that its normal to have such discharge after the surgery because her uterus was infected but i dont believe she's normal please help me i dont know what to do...im giving her antibiotics but she keeps spitting them everytime i give her plzzz help me poeple i need ur help ASAP..thnx
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no one answered me yet whyy??plz i need help plz
740516 tn?1360942486
Trust your vet or look for a second opinion.
About the pills, you can try hide then with specific products made for( they suggested me here one by name Greenies,they said cats love those) or,if not avaliable in the place you are, use some feed your cat likes preferibly with paste consistence( to involve the pill)
You put inside her/his throat the more deep you can and keep the month closed til s/he swallow.I sugest you give her/him more food after
Good luck!
242912 tn?1402543492
I'm so sorry your post went overlooked.  You posted on an old thread.

I'm sure you're completely correct about your cats behavior since you live with her and know best.  If you haven't been able to get the antibiotic down since kitty came home, I think by now you should return to the vet for a shot to get the infection under control and while you're there, have them demonstrate how to pill your cat.  This isn't easy At All, especially if you're trying to do it alone.  My husband and I do everything in tandem and it still can be a challenge.  We did have our vet give us a demonstration which helped a lot.

Apple gave you a great suggestion with the pill pockets...most cats like them, but at this point, I think kitty needs antibiotics in her system ASAP!

Good luck.  Let us know how your cat is doing, but do start your own thread which will get noticed right away!
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thanks for ur advice all actually i started giving her augemtin with a syringe 3cc,im wrapping her in a towel and holding her firmly and my mom gives the med to her..she's better i think she stopped the needy attitude and im not seeing any discharges on her vagina but sometimes she has chills while she's sleeping she starts shivering and then suddenly stops..is it something i should be worrying about????i think she's fine but im a little worrried about the chills are they normal??an answer wld be appreciated thnxx everyone
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is that ok if my cat licked that wound area? and my cat loose her appettite too. This is my first time dealing with spayed cat. I am too scared!!
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