|Purred: Sat Dec 16, '06 9:06am PST |
|The uterus and ovaries are removed and then the cat is sutured closed. There are internal sutures which keep everything inside and there are external sutures which keep the actual skin incision closed. You will need to keep the sutures in for 10-14 days. (The internal ones will dislove on thier own in several months time). If you lick or chew at them, you could get an infection (you'll need antibiotics) or you could pull them out (you'll need to be restitched). If you can't leave them alone, you'll need to wear an e-collar until the sutures are removed.
Many vets do not Rx pain meds for this procedure, but they should. All surgery has pain associated with it, so ask your vet for a few days worth of pain relief. The surgery is like a human woman going in for a hysterectomy, and we all know the MD's would Rx pain meds for us.
If you come home the same night (which I recommend unless you will be staying in a facility that has someone in the building 24/7), you may be a bit groggy until the anesthesia wears off completely. Usually worn off w/in 24 hours. You may not want to eat until the following day, which is fine, but if you do not eat or drink, then you need to let your vet know. Try to prevent as much jumping and running as possible (although we know with kittens this can be difficult). If you go outside, you need to remain indoor until the sutures are removed.
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