Neutering your Cat

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Neutering Cats: Aftercare and Considerations

Aftercare for Neutered Female Cats

Wound Care: After neutering, female cats may have a wound on their side with stitches. Here's what to do:

  • Keep a close eye on the wound.
  • Prevent licking with a collar provided by the vet.
  • Ensure the wound stays clean and dry.
  • Return to the vet after 10 days to remove stitches.

Managing Collars and Stress

Collar Considerations: While collars help prevent licking, they can cause stress. Take these precautions:

  • Keep the cat in a familiar, quiet environment.
  • Do not allow outdoor activity with the collar on.

Identifying Infection

Signs of Infection: Watch for these indications of infection:

  • Redness around the wound.
  • Visible signs of infection.
  • Change in the cat's behaviour (quietness, lethargy).

If infection is suspected, seek vet attention promptly.

Neutering Male Cats

Benefits of Neutering: Neutering male cats is essential. Here's why:

  • Prevents unwanted kittens.
  • Reduces territorial spraying.
  • Promotes homebound behaviour.

Timing and Importance

Early Neutering: Neutering is recommended around six months to prevent spraying behaviour.

Rescue Cat Neutering: Rescue cats are typically neutered before adoption.