What should I feed my cat after surgery?
Your vet might recommend you transition your cat to a "recovery" diet while they are getting better from their operation. 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 everything it needs. The protein in the recovery diet aids in the growth and rebuilding of cells, and should be highly digestible so its easy to absorb. Many cats often lose their appetite after surgery, so any recovery food should be palatable and appetising to your cat, with an appropriately shaped kibble or pieces, to encourage them to eat.
When should I take my cat back to the vet after surgery?
With the right care and diet, your cat will hopefully be back to full health soon after its operation. However, if you notice any of these symptoms, it's essential you return to the vet:
- Bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Consistent loss of appetite or water intake
- Depression, weakness, or lethargy
- Shivering and a change in body temperature
- Unsteadiness on their feet
- Labored or painful breathing
Taking extra care of your cat after a surgical procedure means they're more likely to recover faster and be back to their regular selves sooner. If you're unsure about how to take the best care of them, ask your vet for advice.