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Published: Nov 23, 2011

Cats sometimes require surgery to improve or fix a medical problem. Although this can be a stressful time for owners, it is important to be prepared and remain calm in order to provide the necessary care a cat will need to heal properly after surgery.

VCA Animal Hospitals reports that when a cat returns home after a surgery, owners should make sure to keep it warm and comfortable by supplying it with a clean, cozy bed. Try to place the bed in a quiet area where it can rest without any stressful noises or commotion. If there are other cats in the household, separating cats may be necessary to avoid rough-play or unnecessary stress for the recovering pet.

A cat should have easy access to its litter box and sometimes providing a low-sided litter box is necessary during the post-operative time. According to VCA, depending on the type of surgery, most cats can begin to eat small amounts of food a few hours after arriving home. Cats should have plenty of fresh water available. You may need to bring the food and water bowls to the cat to encourage eating and drinking if your cat is reluctant to move.

Cats have a natural tendency to explore and be independent and this is still true post-surgery. Although they may want to move about freely, it is important for owners to limit their activity - especially jumping or strenuous endeavors that could rupture the incision or cause more damage to its injury. VCA reports that following minor surgeries usually a few days of exercise and activity restriction is sufficient, while for more major operations two week or more of resting may be necessary. Ask your vet about specific guidelines for your cat.