February is B eat The Heat Month! We know, one would think that July or August would have gotten that title. However, this one isn’t about hot weather: it’s actually referring to pets going into heat, and the ever-increasing amounts of unwanted litters that follow. The best way to fight this issue? Get Fluffy fixed! A Cherry Hill, NJ vet discusses the importance of getting your cat fixed below.
S cheduling The Procedure
For many years, it was standard practice to perform spay/neuter surgery on fairly young kittens. Many veterinarians are now waiting a bit longer. However, this surgery can still be safely performed on adult furballs. Ask your vet for more information on scheduling.
Helping Kitty Recuperate
Once you get back home, you’ll probably find yourself with a sleepy kitty on your hands. Your feline pal will most likely spend most of the next few days sleeping. (We know, cats do this anyway, but your pet will be even drowsier than usual as she recuperates.) Make sure Fluffy has a clean, comfy bed to relax in. If you have young children, other pets, or just a generally busy household, put your furry buddy in a quiet back room, so she can enjoy some peace and quiet.
Cats usually bounce back pretty quickly from spay/neuter surgery. Boys tend to heal more quickly than girls, but both sexes should be fully recovered within about two weeks. Don’t encourage your feline pal to run, jump, or play vigorously until your vet gives the all-clear.
You’ll receive specific after-care instructions from your vet. Read these thoroughly, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s also important for you to know what warning signs could indicate infections or complications. These include redness, swelling, pus, or bleeding at the incision site; fever; vomiting; diarrhea; trembling; and torn stitches. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these red flags, or any other signs of trouble.
Supporting The Cause
In addition to getting your own kitty fixed, there are also things you can do to help promote this cause in general. Consider supporting a local TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) program. You can also offer donations to an animal rescue, or even volunteer. In fact, just spreading the word on social media will help.
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