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Post-neuter: VERY sleepy kitten, normal?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

Moses (5 mos) was neutered last Thursday, and since has been quite sleepy. I expected this for the first few days, but now I am starting to get a little concerned. Is it normal for a kitten to sleep ALL day 5 days after a neuter? The first few days I gave him full doses of med from the vet, yesterday I gave him a half-dose, and today I haven't given him anything yet. Could this just be from the meds? He's usually a VERY active, spunky little guy - will he get his old personality back?
post #2 of 26
You've been giving pain meds all this time? That's pretty unusual. In my experience, many males don't get or need pain meds at all, and when they do it's only for a day or two. Yes, mostly likely it's the pain med that's making him sleepy.
post #3 of 26
I would ring the vet to have a word. My girls were spayed and that's a more delicate op than a boys, but they were never given that much painkillers?
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I would ring the vet to have a word.
In my experience no, that's not normal. But it could be the meds, best to ring the vet and just ask what they think.
post #5 of 26
I agree, pain meds act as sedatives. Even my Sunny was pretty lethargic for a week or two after he was neutered and declawed. He returned to his normal mischevious self though!!

Make sure he's drinking plenty, pain meds can cause constipation.
post #6 of 26
I agree with the others, contact your vet about it.

It might be different where you are from, but in my experience, I have NEVER been given meds for any of my cats post spay/neuter.

Please keep us updated about your little one.
post #7 of 26
You know, I've read several threads mentioning vets giving pain meds to take at home post-op. Neither of my cats had this....maybe it's a school of thought some MD's subscribe to and some don't.
post #8 of 26
Radar had a long-acting sedative/pain-killer injection before he came home, but that was because he also had a large hernia repair surgery right through all the abdominal muscles and a large incision with 5 or 6 stitches, and the vet wanted him to spend that first night sleeping ok. He didn't have any pain medication after that though, the vet told us that he would be a little sore for a couple of days, but that if he had painkillers numbing him then he might try to do too much and rip the stitches out trying to leap around.

Sonic didn't have any pain medication at all after his (perfectly normal) neuter, he jumped out of the carrier when we got home and you wouldn't have known he'd had anything done to him at all, apart from his scrotum was shaved and looking a bit tender, but behaviourally he was perfectly fine.

I would give your vet a call and discuss this.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by jasmine-79 View Post
You know, I've read several threads mentioning vets giving pain meds to take at home post-op. Neither of my cats had this....maybe it's a school of thought some MD's subscribe to and some don't.
I've never been given pain killers to males, but I know it's getting more and more common to send some pain killers with spayed females since it's a larger surgery and probably involves more pain afterwards.
post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 
He was also declawed - maybe this is why they sent me home with meds?
post #11 of 26
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He was also declawed - maybe this is why they sent me home with meds?
I did the exact same thing with Sunny as a kitten, 5 months to declaw seems kinda young. I remember having to wait longer to do both at the same time because of his age. I do know that I was guilt ridden for a couple weeks until he began to return to normal. He'll get there, I'd back off of the pain meds though!
post #12 of 26
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He was also declawed - maybe this is why they sent me home with meds?
Yeah, that's probably why you got pain killers. I'd imagine the declawing causes more pain than the neutering so maybe that's why he's sleeping a lot.
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 
This is his 3rd day off pain meds, still very sleepy, but other than that just fine.
post #14 of 26
If he's still sleepy after three days,I'd be giving the vet a call. It should be out of his system by now. Sometime cats can have a bad reaction to the anesthesia...not to freak you out or anything....but it can affect them neurologically.
post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
Okay, I'll call tomorrow and ask. He's also small for his age, if that makes any difference.
post #16 of 26
Yes you need to call the vet if its his 3rd day off the meds and hes still sleeping ........ please let us know how it goes.
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
Just to clarify, I don't mean to say that he is sleeping all day, he's just more "sleepy" than before the operation.
post #18 of 26
Understood. He could be more sleepy because of pain,neurological damage from the anesthesia,or something else entirely. Better safe than sorry. Being "sleepier" can be something simple,but it can also be a serious symptom. Only your vet can tell you for sure.
post #19 of 26
May I suggest you try and find another vet in your area?
I only say this because in another thread you stated that your vet suggested/recommended the declaw.
I'd be very hard pressed to put my trust in a vet that recommends it like it's an order of fries to go with your burger (neuter).

I do hope you get your baby back to his old self soon.
post #20 of 26
A couple questions:

1) Did you have any blood work done before the operation? If so, any abnormalities?

2) Is he simply sleepy or do you see the "third eyelid"?
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
Um, I don't think he had any bloodwork done. He finished his kitten shots about a month before being neutered. We were waiting for him to put on a little more weight cause he's so small.

I have no idea what a "third eyelid" is.

He was a very spunky, active kitten before, loved to be right in the middle of things (ON my laptop while trying to type, IN the dishwasher while I'm trying to do the dishes, etc). He slept a lot before the operation too, but he was literally either playing/attacking/getting into trouble, or completely sacked out and sleeping. Now I just notice that he spends more time sleeping, and is a little more subdued that he used to be.

Calling the vet right now....
post #22 of 26
Thread Starter 
Okay, just got off the phone with the vet:

She said not to be concerned b/c declaws take longer to heal from, and that as long as he's eating/drinking fine he's okay.
post #23 of 26
You declawed him too?
post #24 of 26
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He was also declawed - maybe this is why they sent me home with meds?
Poor baby. For my own sanity, I'm going to assume at this point that you have already heard the declawing lecture, feel remorseful, and won't ever do this again. And I second finding a new vet. There are vets out there who will be more honest with you and aren't out to make a buck.

Until he's fully healed, make sure to keep him away from high places. Kittens like to jump, and if he does, it's going to be painful. Puppy still makes painful sounds when he jumps, and he doesn't go any higher than 3 feet. Our vet checked him out and said there's no actual pain. He thinks that Puppy's old owners allowed him to jump before the pain went away. He now expects pain when jumping.

If you can keep him in a small room with soft surfaces and no high areas, that would be best. Maybe a bathroom with soft rugs?

You'll probably want to do something about the litterbox too, maybe shredded paper on top of sheets of newspaper?

Keep a close eye on him. And call another vet. I think the meds should have worn off by now.
post #25 of 26
When Mitten was declawed he was not sleepy for days after - his biggest problem was not wanting to use the pan cause his feet hurt - that made me cry like you would not believe. After that (parent's decision - not mine) I vowed never to do that to a cat again.

I hate it when vets say "do you want the cat declawed too when spaying/neutering". I have them write on cards, etc. DO NOT DECLAW. I show cats and I can't show declawed cats - so I get really parinoid about this. I keep thinking "what if someone makes a mistake when he's in there and declaws - my show cat is ruined". First thing I check when picking the cat up is to be sure he has his claws!
post #26 of 26
Poor baby.....I hope his kittenish ways return. And don't worry Mods....I'm stopping right here.
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