Congratulations on your new addition!
Cats are animals that don't like change in general. Your kitty has been through a lot the past few days. Hiding under the bed is completely normal. I understand that it's hard to make sure she's ok when she's under the bed though. What you can do is make a little, dark, comfy nest that she can climb into to relax and recuperate.
Play some soothing music like classical, especially while you are gone. When you are in the room, talk or sing to her, to get her used to your voice. Try to let her come to you, instead of fetching her out of her nest. Let her sniff your hand and press her face against it before you try to pet her, especially if she's shy.
By all means get her an e-collar so she doesn't mess with the sutures. Some cats won't leave them alone, others don't notice them.
It can take a few days before a female cat even feels like being up and walking around after being spayed. Just give her a little time and keep fresh food and water and clean litter where she can easily reach it.
You do want to make sure she eats, drinks and eliminates properly. Spaying is major surgery (the same as a hysterectomy in humans) and complications can happen, so keep an eye on her and start to bond. Since she's feeling particularly vulnerable, your nursing can be a great key to bonding with her too.
Have fun and enjoy the experience.
Originally Posted by SSmith0385
Hello. I adopted an 11 month old kitten from the Humane Society today. She was spay on 2/10, only two days ago, and obviously still has the sutures. I have noticed that each time she has gone to "clean herself" she has bitten HARD at the sutures, trying to pull them out! And to make matters worse, in my concern i freak completely out and scare her, I'm sure. Is this normal?? Is there anything I can do to keep her from doing this to herself? I'm not going to be around 24/7 for the next ten days when they can be taken out. Also, she LOVES hiding under the bed and would stay there forever if I'd let her, never coming out for ANYTHING. I blocked off the bed with pillows, and now she is hiding in a corner under a chair which is fine with me, because at least I can moniter her there. She drank some water this evening, and ate one cat treat, but as of yet has been uniterested in the litterbox or the catfood. Tell me how I'm doing guys, and what I should do about the sutures. Thanks!