Hearing that your cat needs surgery can be scary and stressful. Even if it is a routine surgery, it can still cause you to worry. The best way to ensure your cat is safe during the surgery and comfortable after is to know how to prepare your cat for surgery. If your cat is scheduled for surgery with the Animal Hospital of Bentonville, the following tips are essential.
Limit Food and Water
Your cat should not eat after midnight the night before cat surgery. They shouldn't have any water the morning of the surgery. Your cat's stomach needs to be empty the day of the surgery because the anesthesia can cause vomiting. Because your cat will be under anesthesia, they could aspirate the vomit into their lungs, causing serious medical issues and even death. If your pet takes medication daily, you should ask your veterinarian if you should administer it the morning of the surgery.
The day before the surgery, you should limit your cat's playtime. Limiting rough play will prevent sore muscles that will add to their pain after the procedure.
Prepare your Cat Carrier
The night before pet surgery, you should prepare your cat carrier. Make sure that it is clean and functioning properly. To keep your cat warm and comfortable during the ride to the vet, put a clean blanket or pillow in the cat carrier.
Planning For Your Cat's Return Home
It is essential that you are prepared for your cat to come home after surgery. A few things you should do to prepare include:
Setting up a rest area: When your cat returns home after surgery, they will need a quiet, comfortable place to rest and recover. If you have other pets or small children, set your cat's rest area up away from everything so they will not be bothered.
Medication: After the surgery, your cat will likely need medication. Be prepared to give your pet oral liquid medication, oral pills, or both. You may also need to regularly clean your cat’s surgical wound.
Surgical collar: Our veterinarian might put a surgical collar on your cat to prevent them from licking their stitches. You will need to make sure that your cat has adequate room to get around with a cone on their head. Also, your cat should go outdoors while wearing the collar, so make sure that they don't have access to the outdoors.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Bentonville, AR Today
If your cat is scheduled for surgery at the Animal Hospital of Bentonville, AR, you need to be prepared. During the preoperative pet exam, our vet will give you an instruction sheet, and following these instructions is essential. For more information on cat surgery or to schedule a pet exam, call Animal Hospital of Bentonville today at (479) 439-5107.