My kitten got spayed yesterday - recovery?

I know I've posted a lot about my foundling kitten, so please bear with me

I just picked her up from the vet after her spay yesterday. I thought she'd be lethargic and cuddly but she just wants to play! Is this normal? I'm not sure how much I can stop her anyway. She's not paying any attention to her incision which I guess is good.

I also have to give her pain meds (pills) and antibiotics (liquid). When she was on pills for an intestinal parasite, I just could not get her to take the pill - she would not swallow it but would foam at the mouth for half an hour. I had to take her to the vet every day for them to medicate her - and even they had trouble! Any tips on making it easier for both of us?
Kittens (and puppies) hardly seem to notice that they've just had their bellies cut open and all their reproductive organs removed. They run and jump and seem fine. You're supposed to keep them quiet, but darned if I've ever been able to do it.

For medicating, you need to just do it...for pills, just push the medication down past the gag reflex with a finger. Do it quickly and you'll all be happier. For liquids, squirt it into the back of the cheek on one side while holding the head, and rub the neck to encourage swallowing. Again, do it quickly. Or, sometimes, you can disguise it in food...not often though.
How were you giving her the pills? I just recently had to give my 9 yo cat pills for the first time... I put them in a little bit of wet food and held it out to him in my palm. If he ate the food and spit out the pill (which he did, a lot!) I just put a little more food around it until he finally swallowed it. Then I gave him a few treats, pet and praised him profusely.

My vet also suggested using a dab of cream cheese or peanut butter... it's sticky so they can't spit it out. But don't use too much because it could get stuck in their throat.
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You really can't do a lot to keep her from jumping and playing. Just keep her as quiet as you can. We had all three of our cats spayed and neutered at the same time. Rocky (the boy cat) wanted to play and the girls were just hissing and growling and swatting at him for a few days. They didn't really want to play much.


For the liquid, do what RCW said.
For the pill, fill a syringe with water, push the pill as far back as you can in her mouth and slowly squirt the water into her mouth. You want to use water. It isn't very pleasant to swallow a pill without water.
Your other option is a pill pocket.
One of the girls we have to wrap in a towel and have someone hold her while another holds her head still and a third gives her the meds.
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Last edited by Curls=Beauty; 12-23-2009 at 10:04 AM.
Thanks all. I don't have to give her a pain pill until tonight, but previously I tried everything - treat/pill pockets (she ate around it and foamed at the mouth anyway), chicken liver, a pill popper/shooter thing. I live alone so that complicates things and like I said, the vet techs even had trouble pilling her. I guess I'm not scruffing her/tilting her head back enough so that her mouth opens?

I had so much trouble that the vet gave me the medicine as a liquid which I administered the way RCW described - as soon as she feels the syringe in her mouth, she squirms and foams, resulting in both of us covered in pink saliva/foam. Good times!

Honestly, I'm not a pansy when it comes to stuff like this. It's very frustrating. Do they normally send you home with pain meds and antibiotics after a spay?

Thanks again!
She sounds difficult like the one I said we had to have three people to give her meds.
You could try wrapping her in a towel and holding her in the crook of your arm so she is tilted back some.

Put the syringe really far back and stroke her neck while you squirt it quickly.

You could always try putting the meds in her food and see if she eats it. It may be hard to disguise the flavor, though.

Yes, they do normally send you home with pain meds and antibiotics.
She really does need the pain meds.
I honestly don't see a need for the antibiotics. You could get away with not giving her the antibiotics.
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Honestly, I'm not a pansy when it comes to stuff like this. It's very frustrating. Do they normally send you home with pain meds and antibiotics after a spay?
Originally Posted by divegirl
I'd never heard of it, but it's been nearly 20 years since I last took a female cat to get spayed. They didn't send my little guy home with anything, but obviously it's less invasive to neuter a male cat.
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Seriously, wet food is your best friend in these situations. I gave my cat her medicine mixed in with a little bit of the food before her usual mealtime (in other words, I made sure she was hungry) & she gobbbled it up. Can the pill be crushed? If so, you'll probably be able to fool her more readily with powder than a whole pill. Good luck.
Thanks all. I'll try the wet food tonight but I'm not optimistic - she wouldn't eat the pill in the treat pocket, and wouldn't touch it when I buried it in chicken liver (and she normally goes crazy over chicken liver). I won't crush it up because if she doesn't eat it, that's a wasted pill.

She's sure acting weird - rolling around on the floor (I am guessing to try and get rid of the vet clinic smell?) and trying to bite me while purring when I pet her (she never normally bites me).
Success! I wrapped her up like a burrito, shoved that thing down there and held her mouth closed till I felt her swallow. One down, six to go!

I wasn't supposed to give her the pain pill till this evening but she has been acting weird and hadn't slept since I picked her up at 10am, so I think she was in pain. She has finally settled in on my lap for a nap, although she's fighting it.

Thanks everybody!
I had my kitten spayed in October and they didn't send me home with any pain meds. They also said she knows her own limits, so while we shouldn't instigate any rough play, if she wants to run and jump, let her. She licked her incision every once in awhile, but otherwise, it didn't seem to bother her. She was jumping on and off the bed the day we brought her home.


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When Eddy had his boy bits removed the only thing that annoyed him was the lampshade they put around his neck because he wouldn't leave the wound alone while he was at the vets. When I got him home I took that off and he was fine back to his normal self minus the twins.

My friend has a girl cat that just hid under the sofa when she got home from having it done. So we just left her alone for a while.

Neither had painkillers to be given at home. Though both were given some before they left the vets.
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