Cone the cat and other tips for post surgery care

When you look at a cat, it seems true that they might have nine lives. One leap and they’re on top of the tallest shelves. Even if they fall from grace, they land nimbly on their feet. So to see them vulnerable and in need of gentle care is hard. But I’m here to help you in their healing.

Yes, time heals

Your furry friend is in pain and you’re questioning whether I exist, but please be calm. Spaying and neutering cats are common procedure to prevent diseases, curbing unwanted behaviours and feral population. But these are easier operations. Bladder, hernia, orthopaedic and dental surgeries require a few days to weeks of recovery. Your task is to restrict your cat’s movement.

Purr…gatory

Blessed be the room or box that keeps your cat put. After the aesthetic wears off, Fluffy will be disoriented and in this state jumping onto surfaces and moving about can harm the healing process. Keep them in confined to a large cage or a small, bare room. Isolate your cat from other pets or children. Move the litter box, water and food bowls to a place with easier access. Consider changing the litter, depending on the bandage and wound so it doesn’t get in the way. Paper litter is a good alternative.

Divine orders

Medication is a strict and important ritual. Stick to the schedule of timing and dosage. Keep checking in with the vet and monitor your cat’s symptoms. Inspect the incision to see that there’s no swelling, seepage and redness that doesn’t subside. Some surgeries require your cat to wear small tubes or surgical fabric to drain out fluids. Clean these regularly, and alert your vet if you feel something’s off.  

Cone con

The human race is prisoned, but belief sets them free. Positive association exercises with the cone ahead of the surgery can free Fluffy from fear too. Reward your cat every time he interacts with the cone, gradually increase the time he wears the cone. Encourage him to walk around normally wearing the cone using  treats and toys, make sure the cone is comfortable. The cone is the only thing keeping your cat from licking the incision and fussing over it. Keep it on your cat long enough and you may negotiate your status in heaven.

Constant vigilance

As constant and consistent you are with your prayers, you must be with the follow up. If your vet has called you for a check up or some tests, see them through. I cry a river and make the seas heave for your twitching, limping, uncoordinated friend too. Fluffy might seem depressed, lethargic and he might not be eating well either. But don’t pet him or administer creams and ointments that have not been prescribed. But thou may express thy love and solidarity by giving him low-energy toys and pain meds.

My heart goes out to you and your cat in this difficult time. But when the darkness deepens and comforts flee, I doth abide by thee.

‘Oh allow me to tell you a story

Bout a cat undergoing surgery

His parent restrained him per doctor’s orders

The incision made to cure disorder

T’was necessary

I see the parent’s love was no accessory

In full bloom the cat did heal

Cause to his boredom the parent did not appeal’