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Keep the carrier or trap in a warm, dry, draft-free and sheltered area where you can check on it frequently. Cats that are not fully recovered from anesthesia are at risk of hypothermia (dangerously low body temperature) which could make the cat become re-anesthetized and perhaps die.
While the cat is still drowsy, keep the carrier or trap in a room that is as warm as possible, ideally near 30 C/85 ◦F. A cat’s normal body temperature is 37.8 C/100 ◦F; it can become chilled in a 21 C/70 ◦F room before the anesthesia wears off. When the anesthesia has worn off and the cat is fully awake, the cat can keep itself warm in a cooler environment.
Cover the cage or trap with sheets, towels or blankets to trap warm air and preserve body heat. If the cage or trap is on a cold floor (example, garage), place a thick towel or blanket under AND over the cage to maintain the warmth and heat. Make sure there is ample ventilation in hot weather, so the cat does not overheat.
If the cat is alert and you have safe access, provide water in a way that won’t spill and get the bedding wet. The cat does not need water if it is eating canned food.
Provide additional canned food (approximately ½ the amount of a normal meal) two to three hours later. The morning following surgery, cats should be offered a regular sized meal of canned food twice daily while confined in the trap or cage prior to release (see section 5 below).
Ear tips: Some bleeding is expected following an ear-tip.
Males: Expect slight bleeding from the scrotum of a neutered male for the first 24 hours. Larger toms may have more significant bleeding but should not require treatment unless it is felt that the bleeding is excessive.
Females: Many female cats develop a sterile suture reaction. This appears as a bump at the incision site DAYS after surgery. Suture reactions are sterile and do not require antibiotic treatment. The reaction is caused by the body breakdown/resorbing the absorbable suture. This is a necessary and expected result of absorbable suture, and is used so that the external sutures do not have to be removed after the skin heals. Cats with suture reactions feel well, play, eat and otherwise appear normal.
Safely Observe the Cat for the following problems:
Unless otherwise instructed or noted on the medical record, cat(s) that are recovering without any of the problems listed in section 4 can be released back to their colony location from the trap or crate 24 to 48 hours following surgery. If the medical record indicates the cat is lactating, she should be released sooner, but ONLY when she is fully awake, moving around easily and showing normal behaviour. Cats can cause injury or damage to themselves, to you or to your property if released while still under the effects of anesthesia due to impaired coordination.