Starting the morning after surgery

  • Food and water are fine.
  • Two different pain medications have been given yesterday and will be working in their systems for 24 hours.
    • Additional pain medication is seldom needed
    • Do not use over-the-counter pain medications

For the Next 10 Days

  • Limit their exercise.
    • No jumping or climbing
    • No baths
  • It may be necessary to confine them to a small room if they are overactive.
    • Check the incision twice a day, in the morning and the evening.
    • Some swelling is normal as the incision heals
    • Female cats may develop a seroma. This is a collection of fluid underneath the incision in the form of a lump. They usually resolve over time without treatment.
    • Some seeping from the incision is expected but should be minimal
    • Prevent licking of the incision but grooming is normal.  If licking is uncontrollable please call C-SNIP.
    • The incisions for male cat neuters are routinely left open to heal and do not have sutures.
    •  For female spays, sutures used in the incision are dissolvable and are buried under the skin so they do not need to be removed
  • If there are any questions or concerns directly related to the surgery during the recovery period, please call the office at (616) 455-8220 Option 2. For evenings and weekend recovery/incision advice ONLY call (616) 350-6966.