If you feel a little anxious at the thought of your pet undergoing spay or neuter surgery, you can take comfort in knowing these procedures are quite commonplace today and pose little risk to cats.
Spay and neuter surgery is designed to sterilize your feline by removing his or her reproductive organs to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
The key to a successful surgery lies in your cat’s aftercare. Post-surgery home care is important to help your cat have a smooth recovery.
Complications could arise if you don’t follow your vet’s instructions on caring for your feline once you get her back home.
Your cat will need a comfortable, peaceful nook to rest and recuperate from her surgery, away from children and other pets.
You can set up a soft, warm bed in a quiet corner of your home where she can stretch out and have easy access to her water and food. You’ll also need to restrict her mobility during recovery to give her body time to heal.
You may find your cat quite mellow for the first day or two after surgery, resting or sleeping and giving you little trouble. By the third day, however, your cat may be feeling so much better, she’ll want to return to her normal life.
That’s where it can get tricky, as your cat may feel better, but her body hasn’t yet recovered. An unnecessary activity like your cat jumping after neutering could hinder the healing process or put her at risk of reopening her wound as it hasn’t fully healed.
When Can My Cat Start Jumping After Spay Or Neuter Surgery?
Cats need to be kept as still as possible for at least a week after spay or neuter surgery to give their bodies time to heal. If you have an outdoor cat, she’ll need to stay indoors during the recovery period so you can closely monitor her healing.
Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done, as cats often have an agenda of their own. Once they start to feel better, they want nothing more than to get on with their lives.
Young cats may regain their strength and energy within a day and want to resume their active lifestyle, even though it’s not safe for them to do so.
Cats shouldn’t be allowed to run, jump, climb stairs or play for at least a week after their operation as it can hinder the healing process.
Quick, sharp movements on the part of your cat can put undue pressure on her wound, causing it to reopen and bleed. It takes at least a week to 10 days for a spay/neuter wound to heal, after which your kit can be turned loose to run, jump and play.
In the meantime, you can restrict your pet’s mobility by keeping her in a small room (laundry room or bathroom) or inside her carrier during her recovery period. It’s never a good idea to rush any animal’s recovery after undergoing surgery.
Your cat may dislike her circumstances, but it’s only temporary and she’ll simply have to endure until her wound has healed. Check your kit often so she doesn’t feel abandoned and make sure she has everything she needs close at hand to keep her comfortable and secure.
How To Stop A Cat Jumping After Being Neutered!
Keeping an active feline still and quiet after spaying or neutering can be a challenge, but it can be done!
The first step is to promote an atmosphere of peace and quiet in your home to make it easier for your cat to be good. If you’re having a difficult time controlling your cat’s instinctive desire to jump or play, you may need to put her in her crate or carrier to help settle her down.
Isolating your cat from kids or other pets can also help in creating a more relaxing atmosphere.
If you have a small, unoccupied room for your cat’s carrier, the better, as you can let her out to stretch and walk about.
You’ll have to empty the room of furniture or other objects that your cat can climb or jump on. Before allowing your cat to wander around your home, remove or hide all cat trees and toys to discourage strenuous activity.
You’ll also need to keep a close eye on your feline for the first few days to keep her from jumping and running wild.
It would be good if you could stay with your cat for the first few days after surgery. If you have to leave the home, put kitty in her carrier while you’re gone so she can’t get into trouble during your absence.
Some cats lick, bite or chew on their stitches and need to wear an Elizabethan collar, inflatable doughnut collar or other apparatus to prevent this. A cone or other apparatus could discourage your kit from jumping as well.
What Should I Do If My Cat Jumps After Neutering And Splits Its Stitches?
The first 7 to 10 days after spay/neuter surgery are key to a healthy recovery for your pet. During this time, your focus should be on incision care.
You should check your cat’s wound daily to ensure it’s healing properly. Running, jumping or other forms of activity can cause the stitches to split or rip through your cat’s skin before the wound is fully healed.
Many incision issues are caused by pets chewing, scratching or licking the wound or jumping around and breaking stitches before the wound is healed. Even if the stitches hold, too much activity can result in inflammation due to fluid building up beneath the skin.
If the wound ruptures, a condition called dehiscence, it could result in fat, muscle or other tissue leaking through. At the first sight of redness, swelling or bleeding in the wound area, notify your vet right away.
Small gaps in your cat’s incision or a few loose stitches when your cat is almost healed may require minor repair. Redness, swelling or discharge coming from the incision are telltale signs that something is amiss.
If you suspect there may be a problem, don’t hesitate to contact your vet. You can schedule a video call with your veterinarian to explain what’s happening with your kitty to see if she needs to be brought in.
Young, frisky cats will often want to return to their active lifestyle days after their spay or neuter surgery. However, cats need rest and restricted activity for 7 to 10 days after surgery to give their bodies time to heal. A cat jumping after neutering can hinder the healing process or put her at risk of dehiscence and infection. Confining your kitty to a small room or her carrier for the first week after surgery will limit her mobility to promote a quicker, safer, successful recovery.