Post-Operative Instructions for Male Cats


Your cat has had general anesthesia. He may feel sleepy and unsteady on his feet for the next 12-24 hours. Please keep him confined to a small area (one room of the house) and away from other pets and small children until tomorrow morning. He may have a litter pan when you get him home. In most cases, he may also have food and water, but not if he is still unsteady on his feet.

Male cats do not have any stitches. He must be kept indoors for the next 4 days so that the incisions stay clean and dry as they heal.

If you purchase post-op pain medication, it will be given as an injection. Male cats generally do just fine without it, so it is not automatically included with their surgery. Do not give medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, tylenol or other pain relievers.

All vaccinations, except for rabies, need to be boostered in 3-4 weeks. Vaccinations are not a guarantee that your pet will not contract diseases.

Please contact our clinic, your regular Veterinarian, or an Emergency clinic if any of the following occur:

  • lethargy lasting more than 24 hours
  • loss of appetite for more than 24 hours
  • labored breathing
  • discharge or bleeding
  • difficulty urinating or defecating
  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • severe pain, depression or weakness

If there are any questions or concerns related to surgery, please do not hesitate to contact our clinic (540-868-0000). For emergencies after-hours, please contact your regular Veterinarian or one of the following emergency facilities:

  • Valley Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center Winchester, VA 540-662-7811
  • The Life Center Leesburg, VA 703-777-5755