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Published: Apr 30, 2012

Throughout your cat's life, you most likely allowed it to relish in its independence. Many people love cats for the way they can entertain, feed and groom themselves, only coming to you for the little luxuries in life like a head rub. However, if you have a sick cat or one that is recovering from surgery, you will need to give it a little extra care.

After your cat's surgery, your vet will give you very specific instructions on the type of post-op care it will need. The vet may tell you to medicate your cat at certain times, or will tell you to change its bandages. If your cat has bandages, it is usually crucial to keep it from licking them off and getting to the wound, as licking can cause irritation or infection. Elizabethan collars for cats are often helpful in keeping the feline away from its wound.  You should also monitor the incision closely for signs of redness, swelling, discharge or bleeding, according to If you notice anything out of the ordinary, report it to your vet right away.

VCA Animal Hospitals reports that your vet may also give you a prescription medication to give your cat to relieve post-surgery pain. Always follow the veterinarian's instructions for dosage and timing for these types of medications.  It is important to keep all scheduled rechecks with your veterinarian after your cat’s surgery to ensure recovery is going as planned.