Just adopted a kitty.
Hello all, I just adopted another kitty from the local animal shelter by my house. He is a little 5 month old (I think he might actually be younger, but that's what they said) black tuxedo cat and very sweet.
He doesn't seem to be stressed out that much with the change in environment. He did just have surgery today to get neutered, so I think he's still pretty calm from being sedated and medicated earlier today. He's also sneezy, but that's happened with every animal I've adopted from the shelter. We're just keeping him separate from my other cat for the time being, and I'm going to take him to the vet tomorrow for some antibiotics and flea medication.
So far he's just been sleeping a lot. He ate a little bit earlier, and seems to really like the Innova canned food I got him as well as the dry. The dry he just kind of swallows whole, but so far there haven't been any tummy upsets. He pooped and peed earlier (he went straight over to his litterbox! He's so smart!), but I didn't scoop it. I'm just going to leave it there until tomorrow just in case he forgets where the litter box is, or something he can smell his way back (I don't know, it seems like a good idea).
I guess my question is what to watch for with the surgery site. The clinic we picked him up at said that if it turns red and looks bruised then he'll have to probably wear a cone. They didn't say that he couldn't lick the site at all, but they did say try to avoid excessive licking of the area. He hasn't licked it too much yet, I catch him every once in a while when he starts grooming himself, but he usually stops. He was cleaning himself earlier after he pooped, and it looked like he started to lick it, but I just nudged his head away and he didn't seem to mind. I bought a cone just in case he needs it, and I kind of wanted to put it on him before I go to bed tonight just because I can't really keep an eye on him....but the cone doesn't fit (it's the smallest size, and it slips right off his head and/or over his shoulders).
It appears that he will be alright without it....opinions, anyone? Is it normal for a kitten to sleep so much in this situation? When I brought my first cat Ziggy home last year, she had the sneezies going on as well, but I don't remember her being so sleepy on her first day home. Then again, she hadn't just come out of surgery.
He's asleep right now in my shoes on my shoe rack. He's been handled a lot all day and seems to really like sleeping on people's laps, but I think I'll just let him be for now, he seems comfortable.
Any replies would be appreciated!