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3 Must-Haves For Cats To Recover Quickly After Surgery

If your cat has undergone or is about to undergo small animal surgery, it’s important to take steps to make sure that they’re comfortable and safe during their recovery. While more serious procedures may require your cat to stay at the animal hospital, even minor operations like spaying and neutering are made safer if you follow these steps once your cat comes home.


Chances are, your veterinarian will suggest that you allow your pet to rest somewhere quiet once they’re home, away from other animals or people. This step is more important than you might initially realize. It’s important for your cat to have a quiet place to rest not just so that they can sleep well, but to prevent stress.

Stress has been shown to slow the healing process in animals, and anxiety or stress can potentially raise your cat’s blood pressure and heart rate. If your cat still has a healing incision, this can increase the risk of the incision bleeding, or even throwing a blood clot.

Recovery Crate

Another great step you can take for your cat while they heal is to use a recovery crate. Recovery crates, or cages, allow your cat enough space to move around and stretch out comfortably, but prevent your cat from walking long distances or jumping onto surfaces. The act of jumping is especially dangerous if your cat has an incision that hasn’t fully closed yet.

Jumping requires a lot of muscle flexing, which can open up the incision and seriously harm your cat and increase the risk of infection. However, don’t substitute a simple cat carrier for a recovery crate. Cat carriers don’t allow enough space to move around comfortably over long periods of time. Talk to your veterinarian to find out where you can buy a recovery crate, and if they have any recommendations.

Follow Directions

This may seem like common sense, but always listen to your veterinarian’s directions while caring for your cat. If the incision needs to be cleaned, don’t skip cleaning it – you might inadvertently cause an infection. If your cat needs medication every six hours, set an alarm to wake you up or alert you so you can deliver it every six hours. Ignoring directions or just doing what comes easily can make your cat’s recovery time longer, or at worst, make them more likely to become ill.

Having your cat go through any kind of surgical procedure can be nerve wracking, but rest assured that your veterinarian knows what they’re doing. Follow their advice and the advice in this guide, and your kitty will be back on their feet in no time.