I always want my cat to undergo planned surgeries when I can talk specifically to the vet about what to do while emergency surgeries take you by surprise. and you can plan very little. This article will give you the most basic tips on things you should do to get your cat ready for surgery. Please refer!

things you should do to get your cat ready for surgery
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No matter how well you take care of your cat, your cat will always need surgery in her life. And that sometimes makes cat owners feel more anxious and scared than cats about to lie on the operating table. You can understand that these are simply medical interventions to help the hairy friend’s body become more complete. There are two types of surgery that your cat is likely to undergo including planned surgery to remove the tumor, biopsy, mass removal, or exploratory surgery or emergency surgery to stitch up the sutures. tear, remove bowel obstruction or remove bladder stones. 

Things you should do to get your cat ready for surgery!

1. Be a calm and discerning cat owner

That’s right, my friend, it’s you, not our cat, who needs to prepare first. Cats that have lived with humans for a long time can read or feel the emotional changes that appear in their owners.

Surgery will be recommended after you have your cat examined at a veterinary clinic. So no one understands the surgical procedure better than the doctor at that clinic. You can talk to them to know what you need to do such as updating the vaccination schedule and adding additional vaccinations if necessary, providing information about the medications your cat is taking, and developing a regimen. Diet for cats in the days after surgery…

That is the knowledge side. Mentally, try to talk and confide in your four-legged friend a little more. This will somehow increase the trust and affection that she/he has for you. After all, you will be the sole proprietor for your cat before, during, and after the surgery, right?

2. A little change in the cat’s living habits

This change in my opinion should take place about 5 to 7 days before the surgery is to take place. There are timelines you need to be extremely aware of:

About 5 to 7 days before the surgery: you can gradually increase your cat’s activity level in the cage because many types of surgery require limiting the cat’s activity to the maximum. So, this will make your cat feel suffocated when kept in captivity for a few days after surgery. Besides, you also need to add nutrients to the cat’s diet because that will also strengthen the cat’s health to have a certain foundation when entering the surgery. You also need to limit excessive exercise in your cat to avoid injury.

The day before surgery

This is an extremely important time. Feed them as soon as possible (about 10 hours before the surgery). After 10 p.m. you are not allowed to feed our furry friends anything more. The reason for this is so that the anesthetic can do its job and your cat doesn’t vomit during the procedure. You can bathe, trim, and trim the cat’s nails because in many cases, you won’t be able to clean them to make the wound heal faster. And that night, make sure your cat stays in school and gets a good night’s sleep. If your cat tends to like going outside, let them play outside to their heart’s content that afternoon to limit cravings for post-surgery days.

The morning of the surgery

Water is the first thing you need to get rid of and make sure your cat goes to the toilet for the last time to limit the risk of bacteria in the urinary tract or digestive tract. You should try to get out of the house early to be at the clinic about 30 minutes to 1 hour before. This reduces pressure on the surgical team and gives your cat time to get used to the clinic. The last thing you can do is transport your cat in the vehicle he is most comfortable with, using a bit of Feliway to make them feel safe.

3. Don’t forget to talk to your doctor as soon as you come to the clinic

Is your cat on any medication? When was his last vaccination?… That’s the information you need to tell the surgeon immediately. Do you think your cat will be recording the information? That is true but not absolute because the number of “patients” coming to the veterinary clinic is very large and there are no privileges for anyone (except for urgent cases).

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You also need to remind the doctor about the diseases your cat has. Surgery is a process that directly impacts the cat’s body and health. Therefore, diseases such as diabetes need to be intervened immediately with supportive doses of insulin.

You also need to pay attention to the contact information for the examination and exchange of the doctor. Normally, my doctor will call around 2 pm continuously for 5 days after surgery to check on Alesha’s condition (my cat had surgery to be spayed in February this year).

4. Some tips from my experience

  • A clean bed: you should make your cat’s bed very clean, change the sheets if possible. A clean sleeping place is very beneficial for wound healing.
  • Make the cat feel at home when coming to the clinic: this depends a lot on how you prepare the transport equipment. You should let the carrier appear a few days before use so that the cat gets used to its appearance. When you take your cat away, add some items that the cat likes, such as a blanket he likes to lie on or a toy.

Don’t get too emotional: an emotional breakup will mean nothing but stress your cat more. Look at it lovingly and encourage it with small gestures like a nod or a smile.

Closing Thought

There are many things you should do to get your cat ready for surgery. But in my opinion, the most important thing is your composure. Take a small notebook, outline the things to do, and do them sequentially. Trust me, your cat’s surgeries aren’t all that scary.

Thanks for reading!

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