Thank you so much to Mochas Mommy, TabbCatt, and catloverami
for the positive answers! This is the first time I have kept a cat permanently at home as a pet, so I am all the more anxious and nervous to know that my kitty is quite fine! I love the idea of a cardboard box and will be making a nice, cosy snoozing spot for Chloe in it. She is bound to love it!
Coming to her health, today has been 15 days since she got spayed, and yesterday I noticed a small, hard lump present at her incision site. It moves a little if I apply pressure to it, but otherwise it is quite firm and not bothering Chloe at all. She chooses to ignore the area while grooming herself, and does not really mind if I press her over there to check for pain. However, if she is grooming herself at that spot and I put my hand over it, she swats it away and makes a small 'mew', that sounds like 'don't disturb me while I am cleaning myself', and if I insist on keeping my hand over there, she smacks it a lot more. Of course, this can only mean she doesn't like it when I am blocking her access to the place she wants to clean. It does not look like she is in pain, and has been playing and eating well, and using her litter box as usual. I called up the vet to enquire about the lump (which is about the size of my little finger's nail), and she said that it is quite common and can take up to a month to disappear. The incision site is clean, quite smooth, and healed up nicely otherwise, so I think it is fair to say she hasn't developed any infection or complication of any sort.
Also, today she gagged up twice as though she wanted to vomit out a hairball, but nothing came through, so I went ahead and got her her favourite bit of grass which she loves to nip if she is having digestion issues. She has been nipping at it, and has now settled in her usual 'meatloaf' position to sleep. My question is, how long does it take for a cat to throw up or pass out a hairball? She apparently had one a week ago as well which she passed out in her litter box, and I can only assume it is due to her fastidious grooming routine and a piece of fibrous cloth she discovered and couldn't resist chewing at. Is there some home lubricant like oil/petroleum jelly that I can give her? Is it normal for her to have had a second hairball this quickly? She is eating as usual, playing as normal, and being her complete, friendly self otherwise.
I've also felt her nose and ears, and they appear normal. Her ears seem to be of room temperature, and her nose is usually cold and wet, which I read is a sign of no fever. Also, today when she was grooming herself she lay on her side like she always does and raised her leg to clean herself down there, but then quickly went back to her regular sitting position, as if she didn't want to be in that position. I know I may sound like I am overreacting to the tiniest of things, but I only want to be fully sure that nothing is wrong with my cat, and she is fine. I wouldn't take her to the vet based on small misgivings, that is why I am hoping I can get a positive reply over here.
Thank you for taking out the time to read my long ramble, and thank you in advance for replying!