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MommyHuggsNHeavynn
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From:Providence, RI, USA
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 01-26-2004 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MommyHuggsNHeavynn     Edit/Delete Message
Hello!
This morning I dropped my 2 babies (4months) off at the vet to get spayed and neutered. They were pretty informative but did scare me about the chances of kittens not making it out of surgery. Not something i wanted to hear!
They couldn't eat anything after 8pm last night and boy were they angry with me. Can anyone offer me advice on how to care for them when I bring them home today at 3:30pm???? I am a nervous wreck today at work! I was told they can't eat anything until tomorrow, but to have them lick ice chips and swab their mouths with syrup for glucose. Can i feed them a little bit of dry food at least? They're gonna be so hungry!HELP anyone with experience!

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MaryNH
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From:Campton, NH USA
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posted 01-26-2004 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaryNH     Edit/Delete Message
it's been some years since I've had a cat spayed (my 2 females were spayed by their previous owners) but I don't remember not being able to feed them after they came home.

My guy, Zeus, was neutered last year and he was fine once I got him home. He was a little groggy but he could eat.

Maybe some vets do things like this differently...but with the eating thing I never had a problem with them not being able to eat.

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Samsintentions
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From:Columbus, Tx ,USA
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posted 01-26-2004 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Samsintentions     Edit/Delete Message
you can feed them, but not a whole lot...take it slow with them...they'll be groggy.

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Chessmind
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posted 01-26-2004 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. If you do feed them, don't stress out if they throw up. General anesthetic can make both humans and animals throw up after they wake up. This usually passes after 8-12 hours. Just keep them comfy and realize that the boy may be feeling a lot better than your girl, as being spayed is more painful and takes longer to heal. Any chance you could ask for pain meds for your girl kitty? She would be a lot more comfy on pain meds for the next 4-5 days.

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nern

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posted 01-26-2004 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
My last kitten was spayed at 4 months old and to be quite honest...I don't think she even had a clue that she just had surgery. I actually had a really hard time keeping resting for that week...she still wanted to play and jump up on things just as she did before she had it done and then ended up developing a lump from being too active so soon after the surgery.
I think your babies will be fine...just try and keep them well rested (if possible). Kittens that are spayed at a young age seem to have a much quicker recovery time. Until they no longer appear to be out of it(from the anesthesia) I would probably avoid giving them food as the vet suggested.

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footsie
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posted 01-26-2004 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for footsie     Edit/Delete Message
My kitten (a boy) was neutored a few months ago and the whole thing was simple and smooth.

My vet also told me not to let him eat for several hours, although I don't remember the exact details. He was so sleepy when I got him home that he didn't seem to care about his hunger. He slept pretty much the whole evening and didn't want food until after it was safe to feed him.

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MommyHuggsNHeavynn
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From:Providence, RI, USA
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posted 01-27-2004 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MommyHuggsNHeavynn     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks to everyone for their advice. My kitties both acted very differently. My little boy Huggs was more awake and active than Heavynn my little girl. As soon as I got them home they were actually looking for food. I couldn't believe it. So I did what the vet said and got some ice chips and tried to have them lick. They really weren't interested so I then went and got the maple syrup as told. I did rub some a few times on Huggs tounge. Heavynn wouldn't even let me near her until after 8 hours of being home, so I really couldn't get any to her and she was the one who needed it most. She was so sickly looking when I brought her home. She looked so skinny and was still shaking in her back legs. She looked so "pathetic". I thought she looked dehydrated, so I was very scared when I couldn't get any water to her bc she was so frightened still. We managed through the night nevertheless and I made sure I set my alarm clock for around 1:30am sO I could feed them something for their tummies. So I fed them every hour or so a small amount and kept a close eye on them. They really scare you with that vomit getting in their lungs deal. Anyways, Hopefully Heavynn will look better when I go home to check on her this afternoon. Poor little thing.

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