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Caring for a cat after anesthesia or surgery

Unfortunately, pets get sick just like humans. It also happens that a four-legged friend needs the help of a surgeon and an operation that takes place under general anesthesia. How to care for a cat after anesthesia to relieve the suffering of the animal?

Before you take a fluffy pet to the clinic for a planned or urgent operation, you need to prepare a special place for it so that you do not fuss with the exhausted cat later. It is very important not to feed your pet for 12 hours before surgery so that it does not vomit during and after surgery under the influence of anesthesia.

Place for a pet

The place where the animal will be after the operation and general anesthesia should in no case be located on an elevation, even a small one. Cats under the influence of anesthesia are very weak, they may have confusion. Jumping, even from a minimum height, can lead to injury or rupture of the postoperative suture.

The litter for the cat should be warm and located where the pet will not be cold, in a place protected from prying eyes, bright light and drafts. After exposure to general anesthesia and surgery, the fluffy beauty will have problems with thermoregulation for some time, so it is very important that she be warm.

It would be nice to prepare a soft warm blanket for her, which will be warm enough and at the same time light so as not to weigh the cat down. You can put a warm heating pad wrapped in a soft cloth next to the cat.

It is advisable that there are no sharp corners and potentially traumatic objects next to the cat, as well as wires in which the pet can get entangled. You will need to put a bowl of water near a warm bedding.

After surgery, when returning home, you should put the cat on a litter on the right side, since an additional load on the pet’s heart appears on the left side, and it already has a hard time after exposure to general anesthesia.

To prevent the cat from licking the postoperative wound, a special protective blanket is put on it. It is better to have two of them in order to change them later after dressings. It would also be appropriate to purchase or make a special collar that can be put on the kitty after she starts to move. This will not allow the pet to reach the wound.

Sometimes the cat after anesthesia may involuntarily urinate, vomiting may occur. That is why you need to monitor it very carefully, you can spread disposable diapers to change them as they become dirty. If there is a urge to vomit, you can substitute a plastic bag.

In the first hours after the operation, the cat cannot blink on its own, which may cause dry eyes. After consulting with a veterinarian, you can drip an artificial tear every half hour to the cat, while gently closing and opening the eyelids with your hands so that the drops are evenly distributed over the eye.

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