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Just came back from the vet...

post #1 of 9
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We got some unexpected news...

When we took Anastasia for a check up and routine shots, the vet just noticed that she's not spayed. The owners told us that she was, so we were shocked.
Of course, since we already decided to have a spayed cat, we made an appoitment(sp). She went in and got spayed yesturday (Thursday).
I just came home from the Vet where we picked her up and she is doing fine.

I do have a couple of questions though: Can she eat the same as she was before the spaying? Same about drinking.
Also, I know that we have to keep an eye on her and make sure she doesn't lick the stitches, so that they don't get infected. She has been trying to lick them a lot, so I heard there is a cone (sp) we could get her. Does anyone have opinions on that?
And last one, will she change? Or will she still be her old self?

Thank you in advance for all the help.
post #2 of 9
What a surprise for you. I had my little Buttons spayed at the beginning of the month. The vet told me to give her something very light to eat the evening of the same day she was fixed but said I could feed her as normal the following day. Thank goodness for that because the poor thing was starving. The only way she has changed is to become even more affectionate she hardly leaves me alone (I am definitely not complaining - love her to bits). They also told me they would have to put a cone on her if she started to lick her wound. Luckily this did not happen. She is fine and the fur is starting to grow back nicely.
post #3 of 9
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Thank you for the fast reply.
The advise about food helped, she'll have a light dinner tonight.

I just thought of something else, when they take the stitches out, she'll be fine from then on and nothing will need to be done, right?
post #4 of 9
You're right, after they remove the stitches they won't have to do any more with regard to her spay. She will lick her stitches a little bit, that's normal. Watch for excessive licking or (especially!) pulling on the stitches. She may be a little off for a couple days, she did just have surgery and isn't feeling all that well, but she will be back to her usual self in no time.

If she was spayed on Thursday, she should be able to eat fine today (day after the surgery and all anethetic is warn off), and definitely she can have water.
post #5 of 9
Keep an eye on her and make sure she doesn't lick the stitches too much. When Nakita was spayed, she was determined to rip those stitches out, so for close to 7 days, I had to keep a plastic cone on her. It wasn't fun for either of us, but we survived and her stitches stayed in place.

As Heidi said, most likely she will be tired and want to lay low and sleep. I think Nakita was more herself by day 3 or 4. Just keep an eye on the stitched area to make sure it's healing properly and do get a cone from the vet if she persists on licking those stitches.

She will be fine and back to her old self in no time. She just had major surgery and needs to heal and get her strength back.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the advise. She is asleep right now, but my dad did pick up a cone on the way back from work. So if she tries to lick tonight, we'll put that on her so she's safe for the night.

But she really doesn't like those stitches, she even tried to fight me to try to get them off. Other than that, she's been a good girl.

I just thought of another question, the vet told us to come in, in 7 to 10 days to get the stitches off. When would be the best time? Earlier or later? Sorry I'm having a lot of questions, just want to do everything right for the baby of the family.
post #7 of 9
The time of day does not matter that the stitches are being removed, whatever the vet has opened and whatever works for you. I am surprised he did not use dissolving stitches.
post #8 of 9
I hope your baby is feeling more like herself today, my little Jeep Jeep is getting spayed on Thursday (22nd) I cannot wait for it all to be over and to get my baby back home.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hissy, thank you for clarifying that. I was surprised as well that the vet didn't use dissolving stitches.

Jeeperscat, she is feeling better today. I put a cone on her last night and just took it off and she is grooming herself. Last night she slept on my pillow (something she used to do as a kitten), pushing me off. That's like her, everything is hers!
I hope everything goes smoothly for Jeepers and she recovers quickly.
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