What should I feed my cat after surgery?
Your veterinarian may recommend that you transition your cat to a "recovery" diet while they are recuperating. Recovery diets are designed to give your cat all the nutrients it needs to return to full health while minimizing the digestive workload. These foods have increased amounts of protein, fat and calories, making it an energy-dense food; this means your cat can eat smaller portions and still get the energy and nutrients it needs. The protein in the recovery diet aids in the growth and rebuilding of cells and should be highly digestible, so it's easy to absorb. Many cats often have a decreased appetite after surgery, so any recovery food should be palatable and appetizing to your cat, with an appropriately shaped kibble or pieces, to encourage them to eat.
When should I take my cat back to the veterinarian after surgery?
With the right care and diet, your cat will hopefully be back to full health soon after surgery. However, if you notice any of these signs, it’s essential you return to the veterinarian:
• Vomiting, diarrhea or constipation
• Consistent loss of appetite or decreased water intake
• Depression, weakness or lethargy
• Shivering or a change in body temperature
• Unsteadiness on their feet
• Laboured or painful breathing
Taking extra care of your cat after a surgical procedure means that they’re more likely to recover faster. If you’re unsure about how to take the best care of them, ask your veterinarian for advice.