I've got a few questions that I'm hopping you guys could help me with. Any advice would be lovely too.
My boy's getting neutered this Wednesday and I'm a bit worried about him. He's fed mostly raw (frankenprey) with a bit of grain-free canned here and there.
I'm assuming he'll be getting the cone from the vet. When the wet took some of his blood for his FIV and FeLV test (both were negative
) he began to lick the bandaged paw as soon as he could and he kept doing it at home too. Would it be better to take the collar off during meal-time or should I spoon feed him like I did with our previous cat (a female and she was a 'licker' too)?
Another problem is that he had a bit of a reaction to his last vaccination (on the 11th of last month). He didn't get diarrhoea or throw up, but he seemed to have a rather sensitive stomach for about a week, as in, he had softer stool in response to some foods that he was previously fine with (mostly kidney and liver).His stool was formed and the correct color, but really messy and would stick to his butt-fluff. He was also rather sleepy the day after the vaccination, which he wasn't after the first one.
And that worries me. What if he was messy poop after his surgery and some of it gets on his wound? Then I would have to clean him (which he wouldn't like and would probably hurt him) and I'd rather try to avoid him getting messy poop in the first place. I was thinking of asking the vet to shave the fluff around his rear so that poop couldn't get stuck in it, is that a good idea? How long would it take his fur to grow back?
Eros has a bit of a sensitive belly to start with. After the recent vaccines he had the same poop as he did when I first got him, back when he was still on kibble. He did better on wet food, but he only got good poop after he started eating mostly raw. I was considering putting him on only wet food for a bit after the surgery, but I'm worried about his messy poop. Currently my plan is to feed half wet and half raw. For the raw only muscle meat and leave out the bone and organs from the meals after his surgery. For canned I was thinking of just plain chicken flavour without any other meat sources mixed in. He normally eats three meals a day now, but I'm thinking about going back to four, maybe even five, smaller meals for a while after his surgery.
Another question I have is about his litter. He currently has clumping litter and I'm a bit worried about it getting stuck on his wound, eve though it never got stuck on his before. Should I be worried? Maybe reduce the amount of litter in his litter box or try puppy pads or something else?
I'm planing to keep him in a separate room for the first few days where it's quieter, especially during the evening/night when his 'sisters' get a bit loud and squeaky. I was thinking of putting a fleece blanket on the floor so it's warmer and he doesn't have to sit on the tiles.
Thanks in advance for any help and advice.