Post-Operative Care of a Castrated Cat

We know that many owners may have concerns taking their pet home after an anaesthetic or surgical procedure. Please remember that you do not have to feel that you are on your own. Our trained staff are there to offer all the advice and support you may need.

Castrating a tomcat involves the removal of both testicles. This makes him less likely to roam, fight and spray urine in the house. He will also be at a lower risk of developing bite wounds such as abscesses and contracting some of the cat viruses that are often spread by fighting.

Castration is carried out under a full general anaesthetic. After a pre-med injection that includes a calming agent and pain relief, the anaesthetic is introduced via a foreleg vein. Some hair will have been clipped over this vein.

There are no stitches to be removed after a cat castration.

Due to the anaesthetic, your cat may be sleepy and a bit unsteady for the next 12-24 hours and should be kept indoors. During this time he should be allowed to rest quietly in a warm (not too hot), comfortable, draught-free place. Offer a light meal but do not worry if he does not feel like eating when he gets home – normal appetite should return within 24 hours. Make sure fresh clean water is available at all times.

If you have only recently acquired your cat it may be necessary to keep him in for up to 6 weeks after the operation until he has got used to living with you. Castration will not prevent a stray cat from disappearing again, although it will make it less likely.

If your cat has not eaten within 24 hours of his operation, he is listless, or you have any other concerns about the wound or his well-being please telephone us for advice.