What to Do After Cat Being Castrated
There are things that need to be considered by cat owners after the sterilization process. Sterilization is a step to take the reproductive organs of a female dog or cat. This method is also called castration or removal of male dog or cat testicles.
Sterilization is done through surgery by anesthetizing it first by a qualified veterinarian. But be warry if a professional doctor does the sterilization process and the castration. Every cat has been injected with antibiotics and vitamins that are ‘long-acting,’ which is for a period of 5 days, so it no longer needs to be given orally.
Things to consider after the operation, during the first five to ten days is:
1. Cats may feel sleepy and less active. This is because of the effects of the anesthetics, which will decrease at different times between each individual.
Place the cat in a small room. Make him warm and comfortable. Do not leave it on a hard and cold floor or base. Provide a blanket, so he does not shiver.
2. Cats should rest and try not to move much, not run around, not play rough, jump, and the like. This is to avoid shocks and bleeding that can occur in the internal tissue of the operated part. And continue to limit its activities for 1-2 weeks after surgery.
3. The cat’s energy should have started returning the day after surgery. And normal behavior starts again within 48 hours from the time of surgery
4. Check the stitches one to 2x a day to make sure they heal properly, and there are no signs of infection.
5. Don’t allow cats (dogs) to lick, bite, or pull at surgical wounds or stitches. This is to avoid infection in the wound and stitches. If needed, use the e-collar.
6. Keep the operating wound and the surrounding area clean and dry, so that it is not infected. If the wound accidentally gets wet, dry it gently using cotton or a clean cloth. “If it gets dirty, clean it slowly using hydrogen peroxide,” said the woman born in Cirebon, November 25, 1972.
7. Don’t let the fly perch on the wound area and put the eggs there.
There are some things that need to be considered postoperatively, namely:
Cats should not be caged at all. Just be released as usual in the house because it will continue to be monitored.
In addition, owners tend not to bind the wound with a bandage (leucoplast). Even if already bandaged, then when the cat is still in a state of half-fainting will be released immediately.
Use vegetable oil that is smeared around the bandage. Over the next few days, if the wound is fine and drier, then no medicine (ointment) is applied there.
For outdoor cats, cats should continue to be locked up in a cage for 24 hours a day, a minimum of 7 days, so that the wound is still controlled.