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Old 09-10-2012, 06:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Spay recovery time

We got Joy spayed last friday and are wondering what the recovery time is for her. She thinks she is back to her old self and does not yet realized that her usual 3+ feet is a no go! We have been stopping her the best we can however we can't stay awake 24/7! I was lucky enough to catch her mid fall off the cat tree yesterday! Any ideas how long we will have to keep watching her like a hawk? We lowered the computer chairs, got box steps for her window sill cat beds but still she tries to jump her full distance....
also, her appetite is insatiable!!! She seens to be constantly hungry eating just about a full 3oz can of food yesterday! Is this nornal?
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Let her jump. My vet actually encouraged my cats to jump and run around after spay. He said this prevent internal organs to "stick together" after surgery, which my mom (a human doctor) agreed as this is also a common pratice for humans after surgery. Your cat will stop jumping if she feels painful. Also cat's skin are quite flexible, normal stretching won't tear the stitches. I don't remember if Joy is your only cat or you have others. If there are other cats in the house, you need to watch them and make sure they don't play violently (your other cat may tear up Joy's stitches), or the other cat may lick Joy's wound.

The key to recovery, according to my vet, is to keep the wound absolutely dry and as clean as possible. Your Joy should be fully recovered around day 10th. But my girls had their cone on until 14th day (which is too long according to many forum members ).
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Basically when you are done with a surgery (the one that you need to be cut open, not like on legs, head, etc.), when you are capable of walking, your doctor will encourage you to walk, not lie in bed all the time. For that exact reason.

My mom is a doctor. Although she is not a surgeon, she does know these kind of stuff better than most ppl.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Oops, Jacq you beat me

PS: Spays do NOT need to be crated for 3 days. Mine were running and jumping on the first night home. It's the first time I've ever heard about the "crated" theory.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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also, her appetite is insatiable!!! She seens to be constantly hungry eating just about a full 3oz can of food yesterday! Is this nornal?
Yes, Gadget will eat about 6-8oz of wet food a day, and would probably eat more if I put it out for him.

I hear that Kittens could (or "should") eat up to twice (or possibly more) than adult cats. Other sources say that you should let them eat as much as they want 2-3 times a day.

So, in the end, I'd let her eat (within reason) until she stops growing.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The point is that you shouldn't call something NUTS just because you haven't heard of it before.

Ragdoll_Joy, it appears that we have cats that are crated after spaying, and cats that play after spaying, and both turned out fine. Joy will be alright either way if you keep her from getting toooo crazy.
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So her apetite is normal then! That's great to hear...it is certainly alot more then it was before she went to the vet! Thanks!

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Old 09-10-2012, 01:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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She only eats 3 oz of food a day? That actually seems like very little to me :-/
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've never crated a cat post spaying. I picked up my nephews youngster from the et after their ops a week or so ago (one spaying, one castration) and they had their post op check today - both were more than fine and had been almost back to normal just about as soon as they got home.
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