The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar. 14, 2010
    Location
    Earlysville, Virginia
    Posts
    3,222

    Default Kitten neutering aftercare

    Just had my two kittens neutered at the local SPCA (chose that over my vet because it only cost $5 per cat!)

    They said to make sure the kittens dont really play/run around for 10-14 days...
    They are indoor cats for now, so theyre staying clean/dry...but they were ready to play right when they got home. They seem to feel just fine. How bad is it if they play/jump/run?

    I can definitely lock them in their room or in the crate if they really need to be calm, but how necessary is this? What precautions did you take after your cats got neutered?

    A few details about them if it matters: They're almost 4 months old and 4ish lbs each. They will become barn kitties as soon as they gain another lb or two.
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 2, 2010
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    867

    Default

    When I worked spay/neuter for a shelter we'd cut the ferals loose the next day. A male kitten neuter is the EASIEST of all the surgeries. IIRC we just glued them if they were scrotal, there's not even sutures. I wouldn't say its 'bad'...but the vet will say 'I told you not to!!!" if there's a litle bit of seepage or swelling at the site. As long as you're not leaving them out to lay in the mud or forcing them to climb rafters they should be just fine.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 5, 2005
    Location
    Mass.
    Posts
    6,539

    Default

    I figure if they feel well enough to play then they're fine. Just change their litter to shredded newspaper for a couple of days so they don't get the "gravel" stuck on their little butts. I supposed you could keep them in one room for 24 hours, but I've never done anything more than that. Cats are EASY.
    I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec. 20, 2003
    Location
    N. Augusta, SC (but forever a BUCKEYE!)
    Posts
    1,677

    Default

    We rescued a 12 week kitten while we were visiting in Ohio this summer. He ended up becoming my mom's cat. Had him neutered at the local vet on a Tuesday morning, brought him home and he stayed on the back porch for 24 hours. After that, vet said to just keep an eye on him, but he was free to bounce about.
    Random horse pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/glfprncs/
    Talk to me about fitness or nutrition (I'm an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer)!
    My blog! http://personalsweatequity.blogspot.com/



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 1999
    Location
    Greensboro, NC
    Posts
    35,189

    Default

    I always at the 10-14 days of quite time for a KITTEN

    It really doesn't take long for a young neuter to feel good. Let them be their own judge. If you have other animals, then yes, put them in a separate room for 2-3 days.
    ______________________________
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar. 14, 2010
    Location
    Earlysville, Virginia
    Posts
    3,222

    Default

    The only other animals we have are two dogs who lay around and stare at the kittens like they're crazy. One dog will occasionally sniff them, but you can tell that both dogs simply tolerate them.

    The kittens seem to be feeling fine. I locked them in their room and let them out this morning. Theyre running around like bats out of hell.
    They have a bit of swelling, but no redness or anything. The tech said that there are no sutures at all, just teeny tiny incisions....didnt say anything about glue. hmm.

    Thanks for all of the info. Here's a few pics, for anyone who has facebook. (There are tons of pictures of them in that album...mixed with horsey pics/random pics!) http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php...type=1&theater
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 1999
    Location
    Greensboro, NC
    Posts
    35,189

    Default

    Awww cute cute!!
    ______________________________
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr. 22, 2011
    Location
    the Armpit of the Nation
    Posts
    3,143

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by irkenequine View Post
    ...forcing them to climb rafters.. .
    "GIT ON UP THERE NOW!! (whip cracks)"......



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar. 11, 1999
    Location
    Clayton, CA USA
    Posts
    4,819

    Default

    About the longest I have ever been able to keep a newly neutered kitten quiet was a few hours. After that, they are so mad at being separated from their friends that they are more active than if I had just let them go out in their room. You kitten is adorable!
    Mystic Owl Sporthorses
    www.mysticowlsporthorses.com



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan. 2, 2010
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    867

    Default

    "GIT ON UP THERE NOW!! (whip cracks)"......
    Hey us horsefolk have high expectations.



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Sep. 5, 2005
    Location
    Mass.
    Posts
    6,539

    Default

    That little tiger one looks like he's already contemplating evil!
    I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry



  12. #12
    Join Date
    Nov. 26, 2000
    Location
    Where I am cold most of the time
    Posts
    1,458

    Default

    24 hours to sleep off the drugs and they should be fine! Keep inside and check incision daily just in case.10-14 days is crazy, at my clinic even a 100lb dog neuter would be allowed normal activity after 7 days at most. Sounds like a CYA instruction! Let 'em rip



Similar Threads

  1. Anesthesia for neutering
    By TBFAN in forum The Menagerie
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: Oct. 2, 2012, 12:06 PM
  2. Thoroughbred Connections-tb aftercare
    By Gestalt in forum Racing
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: May. 8, 2012, 06:36 PM
  3. Men - it's not you we're neutering! RANT
    By OveroHunter in forum The Menagerie
    Replies: 172
    Last Post: Sep. 26, 2011, 09:59 PM
  4. Gelding Aftercare
    By dsedler in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: Aug. 15, 2011, 05:04 PM
  5. Replies: 2
    Last Post: Apr. 3, 2011, 04:57 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •