Originally Posted by ElvisCat59
We were told that Ferals that are spayed are simply returned to the outdoors the NEXT day?! This seems cruel because they need 7-10 days to heal, not open stitches, get infection etc.??? How can this be okay? No pain meds for them either...can't be good?
Here are several factors, both with ferales and with the caretakers, why the successful semiferale do copy with 1-3 days, while a homecat should have 7-10 days recovery.
First and most important.
Ferales, semiferales, successfull homeless - are made of tough wood. Per definition so: otherwise they would be gone long ago. As we all know most dumped and strays, and many born ferales - do goes on sooner or later...
These still alive we can do TNR with are THE survivors.
Thus they are also healing much better than the average home cat.
Next. This TNR-surgery, is usually done on the side (small incision) and with self dissolving stitches.
Thus the wound is much lesser then with the standard kirurgy, heals quicker, and usually dont need any afterwork.
A thrue feral may freak out after the recovery is over. As witnessed. This is perhaps not the most usual, but it apparently happens...
Many rescuers dont have practical possiblilities to hold or watch on a feral. They dont have place, or time or...
So. 2 days are good, 3 days are nice if it is possible and the cat behaves. But often enough, you must do with 1 and be happy you did get a whole 24 hours...
Last. A very practical question. If you really keep the cat 10 days. Chance/risk is rather big the cat becomes almost tame. And what then?? IF you have the resources to foster, and later on adopt out, you do yell a happy Hurray! and proceed with fostering.
But if you dont have the resources, you get yourself a bad conscience....