Diet is one of the key factors to promote the recovery of cats. Find out here how and what to feed your cat after surgery to support their health.
If the cat has undergone surgery recently, it is important to take care of it correctly so that recovery is quick and effective.
Recovering from surgery can be very difficult, both mentally and physically. Your body will make a great effort to recover, so both the diet and how to receive food will be very important.
How should I feed my cat after surgery?
Your digestive tract may not allow you to eat the same amount of food as before surgery. The digestion and absorption of nutrients requires a lot of energy, which may be used to accelerate recovery.
Ask your veterinarian how you should feed the cat immediately after surgery. How much food should you give when you take it back home? Do you need a power change? Most veterinarians recommend giving a smaller ration of food the night after hospital discharge (for example, half of the normal ration), but this will depend on the cat and the procedure performed. Many cats have less appetite than usual after surgery, but if the situation persists, you should consult your veterinarian.
If the cat vomits after eating his usual food the same day of the surgery, consult with your veterinarian on the best way to reintroduce this in a progressive way.
The cat may have to wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent licking or scratching the wound. If this is the case, make sure the collar does not make it difficult for you to eat and drink and, if it does, take it off during meals. Depending on the type of surgery the cat has undergone, you may need assisted feeding through a catheter. If so, ask the vet what is the best way to do it
What should I feed my cat after surgery?
It is possible that, after surgery, the veterinarian recommends a transition period with a “recovery” diet for your cat. Recovery diets are designed to provide cats with all the nutrients they need to be completely healthy and, at the same time, minimize the volume of food to be digested. These foods include higher amounts of protein, fat and calories, so they are energy foods. In this way, the cat can eat smaller portions and still get the energy and nutrients it needs. The proteins in recovery diets favor the growth and reconstruction of cells, and must be very digestible, to facilitate absorption.
After surgery, it is common for the cat’s appetite to decrease, so recovery foods should be very appetizing for the animal, with a form of croquette or appropriate pieces, to encourage him to eat.
When do I have to take my cat back to the vet after surgery?
With proper diet and care, the cat will be completely healthy again very soon after the operation. However, if you observe any of these symptoms, it is essential that you return to the veterinarian:
- Vomiting, diarrhea or constipation
- Lack of maintained appetite or decreased water intake
- Depression, weakness or decay
- Tremors or changes in body temperature
- Leg instability
- Trouble or pain when breathing
If you take extreme care of the cat after a surgical procedure, it is more likely to recover faster and return to its normal state sooner. If you are not sure how to do it, consult the veterinarian.