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post #1 of 14
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Hello everyone. I'm so glad I found this site. It looks like it is full of great information and I'm looking forward to being a part of it.

I found it on a Google search trying to find some information about recently spayed cats.

Yesterday I took in my two babies to be spayed. One is 9 months and the other is 11 months. Today the younger one is mostly back to her usual self, just sleeping and resting more than usual. However, I'm really starting to worry about the other one. Her name is Kira and she's been very lethargic and sort of sad or sick looking all day. I understand that cats probably recover at different rates so I don't know if I should be concerned or not. The vet didn't tell me about anything to look out for so I really don't know if it's normal. Her incision looks much worse than the other cats. It's very scabbed and there is a lot of dried blood around the area. She did come home that way though so I wasn't too worried about it. But she's spent a lot of the day just kind of sitting slouched over with her head hanging down like she doesn't feel well and doesn't want to sleep for some reason. She usually sleeps in front of the heater but now she is sleeping directly under it like she's colder than usual (I suppose it could just be from the new bald spot on her side though).

I just want to know if this is normal or if I should be concerned. She is drinking water and eating and she looks interested when I get her favorite toy out so I'm trying to tell myself that she is probably okay.

I'd really appreciate it if someone could tell me what a cat is normally like the next day and if there is anything I should be looking out for.

Thanks so much.
post #2 of 14
I'd call the vet and ask them. If the area is not cleaned properly it can easily get infected which can cause all sorts of different behaviors, not to mention a lot of pain.

My kitten was running around like a crazy girl the minute she got home. She refused to settle down. She was younger but your cats are still young enough to rebound quickly.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick reply. It's going on 8:30 pm here. Should I call first thing in the morning, or try a 24 hour vet?
post #4 of 14
When my cat was going to be spayed I did some research and people had all sorts of experiences: some cats took several days to recover, some were fine within hours. So it may be normal, but I tend to be a worrier so I say, better safe than sorry. No harm in calling if you have a 24 hour vet.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I did actually just try. Unfortunately, it's just an answering service so the woman didn't know anything. She said our only option was to let her send the on-call vet out to our house or to wait and call the office in the morning. Only problem with that is she said the office might not be open tomorrow since it's Good Friday.

I guess we'll just keep a close eye on her tonight and make sure she's not getting any worse. Hopefully either the vet or the RSPCA will be open in the morning.
post #6 of 14
If she's eating and drinking then you are probably ok until the morning. I'd keep a close eye on her though. I hope the vet is open tomorrow so you can talk to them. Hopefully in the morning she will be back to her normal self and it won't be anything at all, maybe just responding differently to the anasthetic wear off.

My girl was so active a stitch came out so we had to put her on antibiotics to help ward off infection.
post #7 of 14
Hi and welcome. I hope we can help you and you will enjoy TCS. Is Kira in pain if you pick her up? Does she meow? I would keep a close watch on her and if htere seems to be swelling, or any sign of heat over hte incision then get her to an emergency clinic. If the site is calming down and she still just seems lethargic call your own vet as soon as you can and get advice, difficult I know over Easter weekend. My three girls all recovered at different rates - Dushka took three days to get back to normal. Ellie was fine the same day and Persil slept for around 24 hours. The problem, as said, is infection, which can happen, but hold your palm as close to her skin as you can and see if you feel heat rising from it or if it looks puffy or discoloured. If so, a vet asap. Good luck, and I hope it is nothing.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for everyone's comments. It was my husband who spoke to the woman on the phone and I misunderstood...apparently the vet IS closed tomorrow so the earliest we can take her in is Saturday morning unless we call out the on-call vet. I have no idea how much that kind of thing costs. I hate even mentioning cost when it comes to this because it makes me sound terrible. My husband just lost his job though and I'm in a new country and not working yet. So, it's difficult.

The other thing I forgot to mention was that Kira has not seemed happy with the other cat since they came home. She growls quietly anytime the other cat tries to get near her. At first I thought it might have something to do with the plastic cones around their heads but it's been over 24 hours... you'd think she'd be used to it by now? The only other thing I can think of is maybe the younger one got at Kira's stitches and hurt her. I really don't know what to be expecting out of them in the days after their surgery but that doesn't sound normal to me.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by jennyranson
Hi and welcome. I hope we can help you and you will enjoy TCS. Is Kira in pain if you pick her up? Does she meow?
Kira is an affectionate cat but she does not like to be picked up at all...ever! LOL So, anytime you pick her up she meows and wants down. So, that makes it difficult to tell because in that case, she's acting like she usually does! She doesn't seem to be meowing any louder than usual though.

She seems to have perked up a little bit in the last hour so I'm feeling a bit better. We're keeping a close eye on her to make sure she doesn't start acting any worse.

This is so stressful.
post #10 of 14
[quote=michelle325]Hello everyone. I'm so glad I found this site. It looks like it is full of great information and I'm looking forward to being a part of it.

I found it on a Google search trying to find some information about recently spayed cats.

Yesterday I took in my two babies to be spayed. One is 9 months and the other is 11 months. Today the younger one is mostly back to her usual self, just sleeping and resting more than usual. However, I'm really starting to worry about the other one. Her name is Kira and she's been very lethargic and sort of sad or sick looking all day. I understand that cats probably recover at different rates so I don't know if I should be concerned or not. The vet didn't tell me about anything to look out for so I really don't know if it's normal. Her incision looks much worse than the other cats. It's very scabbed and there is a lot of dried blood around the area. She did come home that way though so I wasn't too worried about it. But she's spent a lot of the day just kind of sitting slouched over with her head hanging down like she doesn't feel well and doesn't want to sleep for some reason. She usually sleeps in front of the heater but now she is sleeping directly under it like she's colder than usual (I suppose it could just be from the new bald spot on her side though).

I just want to know if this is normal or if I should be concerned. She is drinking water and eating and she looks interested when I get her favorite toy out so I'm trying to tell myself that she is probably okay.

I'd really appreciate it if someone could tell me what a cat is normally like the next day and if there is anything I should be looking out for.


Hey Michelle, I have a male cat Jackson, I understand it is not the same, but he was neutered yesterday! He has been good though (Acting normal and crazy as per usual lol) The best advice I could give is...It's very good that kira is drinking and eating (I would watch that, especially drinking her water) Thats important.

I would just call up Kira's vet, there's no hurting giving him a call and just let him know you are concerned with the way she is acting, The vet would be able to tell you right away if she is alright , or if she needs to have another visit. I truly hope that everything is ok hun! Please keep me posted as to how she is doing, and what the vet has to say when u call!

Jayme&Jackson!

Thanks so much
post #11 of 14
If you don't have a thermometer then you can kind of feel their ears. If her ears feel hot then she needs to be seen ASAP. You can compare the feel with your other kitties. I find the ears are usually a little warm to a little cool. Hot is bad.

If you have a thermometer then you can give that a try (I know most cats don't allow for it) and if its around 101.5 then thats normal.
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by michelle325
Kira is an affectionate cat but she does not like to be picked up at all...ever! LOL So, anytime you pick her up she meows and wants down. So, that makes it difficult to tell because in that case, she's acting like she usually does! She doesn't seem to be meowing any louder than usual though.

She seems to have perked up a little bit in the last hour so I'm feeling a bit better. We're keeping a close eye on her to make sure she doesn't start acting any worse.

This is so stressful.
I know, Iam feeling pretty stressed with Jackson as well, He has been DETERMINED lol to clean his owie, it's driving me crazy, SO I think I will need to go to the vet and get him a cone if he doesn't stop!
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Just wanted to thanks for all your comments and give you an update on Keira.

She started acting more like herself on Friday. I was still really worried about the incision but she didn't show any signs of fever and since Good Friday is a holiday in the UK the vet wasn't opened. So, I got her in first thing on Saturday. I was shocked when the vet said her incision was perfectly fine! He gave her a shot of antibiotics and said, "She would have got one of these just after her surgery," like he was giving her another one just to me me feel better or something.

Anyway, her side still looks icky but she's due to get the stitches out on Friday.

She seems to be doing just fine.
post #14 of 14
It is better to be safe than sorry, and I am glad Kira is OK!
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