Surgery is a risky and painful operation. After surgery, all subjects need a period of rest known as the recovery process. The same goes for cats. After surgery, they will also feel pain, fatigue, and a lack of security. Taking care of your cat’s health according to the doctor’s instructions is not enough. Plus, it would help if you also made your cat feel safe and comfortable.

Make Your Cat Feel Safe
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That’s true what a cat’s mental state recovery should be. However, not all cat owners pay attention to this problem. That’s why this article appeared. And if you’re looking for tips to make your cat feel safe and comfortable after surgery, this article is for you.

The surgery was a success, but whether or not the cat will fully recover healthy depends a lot on the recovery process at home. Here are ways to make your cat feel safe and comfortable after surgery.

How to make your cat feel safe after surgery

1.Provide a suitable, safe resting space

Rest time after surgery is significant. That is the stage when the wound is new, sensitive, and susceptible to infection, tearing or damage. Therefore, you should prepare a safe space to prevent harmful agents that can affect cats.

In addition, the cat at this time also becomes weaker and more sensitive than usual. Even a slight noise can startle it. Accordingly, your cat’s space should be quiet, airy, draft-free with a comfortable room temperature (68-75°F or 20-24°C). If possible, it should be a place where the cat can rest and sunbathe in the morning. Warm sunshine at the beginning of the day is plentiful for the cat’s body and the recovery of stitches.

If your cat is sleeping too much, don’t worry. It could be because the effects of the anesthetic are still there. The cat’s lazy lying or sleeping is necessary for a soft mattress to make the cat feel as comfortable as possible. The best litter for cats after surgery is usually a litter made from shredded paper or pellets.

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You can get it using a shredder to shred regular printing paper or tear the newspaper/tissue directly. Before spreading them in the box, you should line the bottom of the box with an absorbent pad because none of the above paper types are porous. If you trust the recyclable waste paper available, you can find them on the market-recycled paper pellets.

2. Give your cat painkillers or supplements 

After the anesthetic wears off, the pain from the surgical incision begins. At this point, your cat will be very uncomfortable and in pain. It will probably whine and lick the stitches—something you need to stop. That’s because licking the wound can cause the stitches to burst, bleed, and even open the stitches, leading to infection. So give your cat painkillers. For your cat’s safety, you should also consult with your veterinarian about the amount of medication to take. 

If your cat is merely instinctively licking the wound, consider giving her a collar. There are many types of good collars for cats after surgery. You can buy them at significant pet supplies and tools websites or buy them directly at reputable pet stores.

If you want your cat to heal faster, supplements are a good idea. Some essential amino acids are not available in everyday foods. On the other hand, cats after surgery will be pretty picky about food. With supplements, it will do it for you. Of course, consult your doctor about the correct dosage and usage.

3. Keep your cat away from outdoor/vigorous activities

After surgery, the stitches are new and very vulnerable. Therefore, you need to keep your cat away from vital activities and other strenuous activities that can put undue stress on the wound. Climbing stairs too high or jumping on chairs are not allowed.

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The cat itself is not aware that running and jumping can cause its wounds to continue to hurt. Instead, it needs your help. Keep an eye on your cat more. Ideally, you should arrange the mattress or cat litter box on the ground floor (if your house has multiple floors); at the same time, place them close to each other to limit movement. That can ensure a safer stitch.

With an active cat, you know, lying in one place for many days in a row will make them very bored. It also can’t play its favorite game of chase or jump on pillars. Boredom will make cats uncomfortable. At this point, you should provide the cat with some small toys, such as a squeaky toy animal, a colorful fur collar, etc. These toys are all very safe, and cats can play with them without getting up, running, or jumping. However, to be on the safe side, I usually limit cats to a small area like a plastic dog cage. It is a space just enough for the cat to comfortably stretch its legs, play with toys and limit the cat’s vigorous exercise.

4. Provide light food that is suitable for the cat’s condition after surgery

After surgery, the anesthetic effect may alter your cat’s taste buds. Some cats become picky eaters, losing their appetite. Others may experience nausea due to the impact of the anesthetic. All of which put the cat in an uncomfortable state.

  • Feed your cat a small meal (only 1/2 of a regular meal). If the cat is stable, you can rest assured about that food and note it in the cat’s menu.
  • If your cat shows signs of nausea or vomiting after eating a small amount of food, it may be because the anesthetic is still working. Break meals down into even smaller portions to reduce the risk of nausea in your cat.

Note that you should space the cat’s small meals 1-2 hours apart. Besides, ask your veterinarian for advice on foods that are more suitable and help stitches heal faster.

5. Talk and pet often so that the cat feels safe and comfortable

To make your cat feel safe and comfortable, you should spend more time with your cat. Talking is the most direct communication manipulation. It makes your cat feel safe, be more loved, and helps your relationship get closer and closer. Cats are social animals, but they can also feel lonely sometimes, especially when they’ve just had surgery and are carrying wounds. So, don’t hesitate to spend more time with your cat.

6. Keep cats away or wholly isolated from small children and other pets

After the surgery, the cat was still fragile. It is essential to both make your cat feel safe and protect the suture from re-injury. Children and other pets are the objects that you need to pay attention to right now.

Young children love pets just as much as adults, but they are too young to understand and act with limits on injured cats. Inadvertently, they will get sick, then become scared/panic. Then, not only will the stitches be affected, but the cat will also frighten your child.

The same goes for other pets. It is impossible to guarantee that there will not be a collision between animals. In that case, the cat will be the weak one and get hurt easily.

It would be best if you kept your cat away or wholly isolated from small children and other pets for these two reasons. Either way, prevention is better.

Final Thought

Here are some ways to make your cat feel safe and comfortable after surgery. Besides, you should also monitor the cat’s condition every day to promptly detect signs of instability in them and take care of the stitches (such as checking regularly or preventing the cat from licking the stitches, etc.). Either way, recovery is a process that needs you to go with it. As a great cat owner, I’m sure you’ll always know how to make cats feel safe and happy—wishing you and your good pet health!

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