|Purred: Thu Jan 11, '07 6:38pm PST |
|It is common for cats to act sleepy, be less active, or even move slowly after a spay procedure. This is most likely a lingering effect of the anesthesia, however, spay procedures, although very common, are still considered a major abdominal surgery. Stella should regain her strength and return to normal behavior within 48 hours. If you do not feel she has resumed normal activity within this time period, you should contact your veterinarian.
The external stitches are normal. (I recently had the little girl in my family spayed and she too had three external stitches.) These will need to be removed in 10 - 14 days. (Stella also has internal stitches, however, these will not need to be removed.) I'm surprised that the clinic did not discuss this with you when you picked her up. (I would suggest that you contact them to discuss Stella's stitches, when they will need to be removed, and if you will need an appointment.)
You should discourage Stella from licking or scratching at the incision site as constant licking can irritate the area and delay healing, but I see no need to buy a cone at this point in time. Most cats will more or less 'ignore' the area. You should check the incision daily. A little swelling is normal, but if the swelling becomes excessive, feels hot to the touch, or if Stella manages to pull out any of the stitches, you should contact your veterinarian.
I hope this helps. If you are still concerned, a call to your veterinary clinic/office can't hurt. In my opinion, that's what they are there for.
Congratulations on your spay!
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