Ingleby Barwick, Stockton on Tees. TS17 0WA

01642 760 999

Post op care for cats

Today your cat has had a general anaesthetic and surgery. Hopefully this has not been too stressful for either of you.

Once you get your cat home if you are unsure of anything or have any worries about your cat, ring us at the practice, that’s what we are here for. I am sure no matter how silly you think you are being you won’t be the first person to have the same worry.

Practice telephone

01642 760999

out of hours

01642 217 605

Below are some general points for you to be aware of:


Shaved area on leg

This is where we gave the anaesthetic or placed a cannula. There may be a little bruising about this area for a few days but your cat should not be bothered by this. The hair will re-grow as normal in 4-5 weeks.

Pain relief

It is normal for your cat to be drowsy post- op but they should be comfortable. If we expect any discomfort we will have sent you home with pain killers e.g. Metacam. Generally it is better if these are given with food. Occasionally they can cause vomiting or diarrhoea. This is not common so let us know if it does occur.


Your cat will normally have been offered some food after coming round from the anaesthetic in the hospital. Once home you may offer your cat a small amount of their normal food. If you want to pamper them it is OK to give them some chicken or fish with boiled rice. Don’t be surprised if it takes a day or so for their appetite to fully return.

Going out

Regardless of the type of surgery cats should be kept indoors for a minimum of 48 hours. Although they seem very bright, they may not be quite as agile as normal for a couple of days

Incision site /wound

The discharging nurse will have given you specific instructions for your cats surgery. Generally we use subcuticular sutures so they are hidden under the skin. These are more comfortable, can’t be licked out and are cosmetically more pleasing. Check the wound at least twice daily. A little redness or bruising can be expected. However, if there is any swelling or discharge or bleeding please let us know. Your cat should not be over concerned with the wound, if there is a lot of licking let us know as licking does not help healing or keep it clean.