Dr. Timothy Fitzpatrick, a veterinarian at ABQ Petcare Hospital, offers more than 35 years of experience treating diseases and conditions in domestic animals. A Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Timothy Fitzpatrick offers a variety of vet services, including pain management, dermatology, and veterinary surgery.

When cats return home after surgery, they require special care and attention for several weeks. It is important to check the surgical wound, change bandages, and administer any prescribed medications during the recovery period while watching for any potential problems. Right after surgery, low energy levels and redness around the surgical site are normal. Owners should not feed cats too soon or allow them to drink too much water, as it can cause nausea. Cats require balanced diets during recovery to ensure they get the proper nutrients needed for healing. Some vets prescribe specific diets, such as liquid diets, for cats who struggle with swallowing their food.

Within a couple of weeks, activity generally returns to normal, but too much activity can still cause damage. Owners should keep cats indoors to prevent possible injuries and should avoid bathing their pets. Regular monitoring of incision sites for swelling, discharge, and separation is also necessary. If any of these problems occur, or if the cat has poor stability, difficulty breathing, or pale gums, it is time to call the vet.