Cat castration post-operative discharge instructions

After a General Anaesthetic

Following an anaesthetic or sedation your cat may be quieter than usual, drowsy or unsettled for the first 24 hours. Keep them warm and comfortable and allow them to rest, don’t let other pets or children disturb them.

A small patch of hair may have been shaved from your cats legs to allow us to give injections into the vein.  If your pet still has a small bandage over their leg please remove this when you get home.  


Sometimes cats experience tummy upsets following anaesthesia. A small amount of water should be available as soon as you arrive home. Do not allow your pet to drink large amounts because this may cause vomiting. A normal amount of water should be provided from tomorrow morning.

We advise waiting 1-2 hours before food is offered. If you prefer you can feed a small bland meal this evening, for example boiled chicken, scrambled egg or white fish. If you would prefer to buy a recovery pack of easily digested food, please ask. Alternatively feed half the amount of their normal food. Feed them as normal from tomorrow.

If your cat has mild vomiting or diarrhoea but is otherwise well, feed a bland diet and it should resolve without further treatment in 1-2 days. If you are concerned or your pet is unwell please contact the surgery.           


Keep indoors for 7 days and try to prevent them from running or jumping.


Please keep wounds clean and dry for 10 days. Do not bathe.

It is important that your pet does not lick their wound or dressing because this will transfer bacteria from their mouth, which is likely to cause infection of the wound. Buster collars can be used to prevent interference with wounds, if you require one of these then please ask.

Please check any visible surgical wounds daily. If you notice any problems with the wound such as swelling, redness or discharge, please telephone for an appointment.

Pain relief

Your pet has been given injections of pain relief before surgery, which last for 24 hours.

If you have any concerns you can telephone the surgery on 01723 513119 at any time

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Filey Veterinary Practice

1 Station Avenue
YO14 9AH

01723 513119