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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Another neuter recovery question

I have a 7 month old kitten who was neutered at the Humane Society 3 days ago. The day after his procedure, he still looked extremely red (dark, blood red) and raw back there, and he seemed very sore. I called the HS and was told I could use some Neosporin. He doesn't seem any better, though. I've seen a few cats through this procedure in the past, and I've never seen anything like this kind of a mess. I must say that Jeremy is particularly...ahem...well endowed. Perhaps this makes a difference? I'm going to call the vet on Monday if there is no change, but in the meantime I was wondering if anyone had any advice about how to know whether there is a problem. Thoughts?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008, 09:40 PM
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Re: Another neuter recovery question

I really think things should not be looking like a "mess" at 3 days post-neuter. All of my male cats, including adult males who were older than 3yrs at the time of neuter, only took about a day to shake off the effects of anesthesia and possibly 1-2 days before they stopped being careful when they sat down.

By saying "extremely red, dark and blood red, raw" are you perhaps meaning bruising? This could be normal for a pale colored cat, like an orange cat or one who has white marking at his behind which would make his skin easy to see. However, if you haven't seen any improvement, and especially if Jeremy is behaving in a lethargic or very sore/tender manner, I think he may need to see a vet before Monday because he could require antibiotics.

Best of luck to you and poor Jeremy,
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-25-2008, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Another neuter recovery question

Thanks--I think it may well be bruising--Jeremy is quite pale. I had a light-colored cat neutered before, but he was extremely fluffy, and his fur might have covered any bruising. Still, Jeremy is still acting "sore" when he sits, plus, whenever I apply the neosporin, he shows signs of sensitivity and discomfort. I really don't think that my vet will fit me in tomorrow, since it is a Sunday and they will be mobbed, but I shall have to call on Monday. Thanks for the info on bruising, though; it has made me feel better--I don't think I've ever seen bruising before, and it is a bit scary.
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Let us know if you have to take him in what the vet says and how Jeremy is doing.
I'll be thinking of you and him.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Another neuter recovery question

Just an update...I tried calling my vet yesterday, but the office was closed--they don't normally close on a Sunday, so far as I know (I moved to a very rural area a few months ago, and this particular office came highly recommended by several people as the best in the area, but getting an appointment can be a nightmare). This morning, I inspected Jeremy's little "area" to find that little tufts of his white hair were beginning to overtake the purple/bruised areas, so that it now looks more mottled than all red/purple. I still think he is a bit sore, though not so much as on Saturday. I should have mentioned that one problem I have had with him is getting him to stop wrestling with his 18-month-old brother. I was worried that he would get a scratch to his package and tear open stitches, but now I am starting to think that their rolling around may have in itself banged him about enough to delay healing. They aren't very rough, but they will wrestle for hours on end if I do not intervene. I'm going to see if his recovery is still progressing tomorrow. Thanks so much for your advice!
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