If you're about to welcome a new kitten into your home, you're undoubtedly anticipating you and your feline friend spending many happy years together. Naturally, you intend on providing your new kitten with everything it needs in order to thrive — good quality cat food, vaccinations against common feline diseases, and protection from dogs and other possible predators. You'll probably also be following in the footsteps of other responsible pet owners and having your kitten spayed before it's about six months old — if you wait any longer, you run the risk of ending up with a kitten having kittens, especially if your cat has access to the outdoors. However, you may have questions about caring for your kitten after it has the procedure. Because spaying only requires that the animal stay overnight if complications somehow become part of the picture, it's likely that you'll be bringing your kitty home at some point in the afternoon. Here's what you need to do to help ensure a speedy recovery:
Prepare a Place for Your Cat
Your cat is going to need a quiet space to relax and recover after you bring it home from the veterinary clinic. This space needs to be secluded from the rest of your household but not so far off the beaten track you can't quickly check on your pet. Your cat will feel groggy and possibly nauseated for the first 24 hours following the procedure and will therefore naturally want to hide in a safe space. Be sure to block off any areas that may be dangerous or that you can't easily access.
Keep Children and Other Pets Away From Your Cat
Your cat is very likely to be irritable and generally out-of-sorts for two or three days after being spayed, and it may strike out at children or pets who come to close. Your children may only want to comfort the cat, but they should be made to understand that the animal needs quiet time in order to recover.
Feed Your Cat Its Usual Diet
Your cat may not have much of an appetite for a day or so after being spayed, and that's okay. Provide your pet with access to its usual food as well as plenty of water. Resist the urge to tempt your cat with tuna or other delicacies in order to get it to eat — this may cause unnecessary upset to your feline friend's digestive tract.