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What are the common cat surgeries?
Sterilization - calledneutering for males andspaying for females - is the most common surgery cats undergo. It helps control the feral cat population, cuts down on unwanted behaviors, and reduces the risk of diseases like feline leukemia, feline AIDS, and testicular cancer.
Bladder stone surgery, or cystotomy, is another frequent procedure. Unlike sterilization, when cats are usually in and out of the vet's office in a day, bladder surgery may require a three-day stay and a two-week recovery at home.
Other cats go through abdominal hernia surgeries. A hernia occurs when the muscle wall tears, allowing internal organs to slip through. Although hernia closure is a minor operation, cat parents still want to take caution with their animals for a few days.
Sometimes vets recommend oral or dental surgery for cats. Usually, these surgeries are reserved for tumors, jaw fractures, and inflammation of the mouth because they can cause a lot of pain for our furry friends.
What can go wrong after my cat has surgery?
Our pets may not worry about their surgeries, but as caregivers, we sure do! Things that can go awry include:
How can I give my cat good post-surgery care?
Your vet should give you detailed instructions on how to care for your cat after his or her specific surgery. We're cat lovers but not vets, so we'll share a few general pointers that can make your cat feel especially loved during a difficult time.
Final thoughts.None of us wants to see our cats go through surgery, but it's part of life for most domesticated animals. In the long run, nearly all surgeries eliminate our cats' pain, lengthen their lifespans, and improve their quality of life. For more tips on how to care for your cat after surgery, head over to Catster or PreventiveVet. 🐈
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