My cat was spayed yesterday. Has been 24 hours since she came home, but she still won't eat or drink. Is this unusual?

Cat is 7 months old
hasn't showed interest in food or water
very groggy and sleeps almost all day
Should I take her to the 24-vet tonight or wait until morning?

Asked by Member 792744 on Jan 15th 2009 Tagged spaying, surgery, postop, worry in Health & Wellness
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Izadore (Izzie)

No, this is not at all unusual. Your cat was given anesthesia and it is still in her body. It can often cause nausea and disinterest in eating. If she is also on pain pills, this will add to her disinterest in food/water and moving around. She should be herself in a day or two. If she is still acting this way by Saturday or Sunday, phone the vet who did the spay and relate to him that your cat just isn't acting like herself. Watch her incision for redness, puffiness or leakage of blood or other fluid. Try to keep her from licking or chewing at the incision. Starting tomorrow, you may offer her a little of her favorite food or treat, even on your finger. She'll appreciate being spoiled and you'll have some bonding time. And, thank you for doing the right thing and having her spayed.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 1/15/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Has she had any water at all? The take home instructions they sent home with Kira from her spay last month say to call for "loss of appetite for more than 2 days" But for water it says "refusal to drink water for more than one day" so I would definitely make that call in the morning if you can't get her to at least take a drink. But the sleeping all day part is fine. Once the pain meds from the surgery wear off, they just want to rest. Kira was nuts when she came home because she was still on the drugs but once they wore off she was a hurting kitty and just wanted to be left alone for a day or so.

Kira answered on 1/15/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Izzie's right this is from the anesthetic and any pain pills she got. She should be OK by tomorrow morning. Make sure her food and water are close by and she should gradually perk up and start eating/drinking.

If she's still not eating/drinking anything by tomorrow morning then give your vet a call for advice and you may need to take her back in. Gogo wasn't recovering as well as her sister after she got spayed and when I took her back in the vet said she was dehydrated and gave her some fluids and she was much better after that.

Gogo answered on 1/15/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Oscar J. Cat

The drugs they gave her are going to make her loopy and sleepy for awhile so that's not unusual.

I gave Oscar wet food for a couple of days after his neutering because it's got a higher water content.

I hope your girl's feeling better very soon.

Oscar J. Cat answered on 1/16/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer