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Your cat has had a general anaesthetic and may be drowsy when you get home. This is normal after a general anaesthetic.

Your cat should be back to normal within 24-48 hours, but will need to be kept quiet and warm in the evening. Water should be available at all times.

A small area of hair may have been clipped from one or both of your cats leg and /or the neck, don’t worry this will soon grow back. This is to allow administration of the anaesthetic, and for the collection of blood samples. Anaesthesia usually involves placing a breathing tube in the windpipe and occasionally this may cause a little irritation afterwards. You may notice slight coughing, but this should not persist for more than a day or so.

Please keep an eye on wounds or dressings. If you notice any problems such as swelling, discharge or redness, or the dressing has slipped or appears to be uncomfortable please contact the surgery for further advice. Dressings should be kept clean and dry at all times. It is important that your cat does not interfere with any wounds or dressings. Excessive licking can slow down wound healing and introduce infection. If a collar has been provided then this should be used as instructed.


Later this evening your cat may want food and water. A small easily digestible meal (e.g. chicken, white fish) should be offered. For your convenience a ready prepared recovery pack is available from the surgery. Please ask a member of staff for details.

Cats should be kept indoors with a litter tray until the re examination, unless instructed otherwise. Any sutures will need to be removed 7-10 days after the operation. Your cat does/does not have external sutures which will require removal.

Download post operative care sheet for your cat.

If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact the surgery.

Hawick Veterinary Practice

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1 Earl StreetHawickTD9 9PZ

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Monday to Friday:8.45am – 6.00pm