After-Care: Feral & Exclusively Outdoor Cats

Post-Operative Care for Community Cats
(Feral or Exclusively Outdoors)

Be aware that every effort has been made to avoid handling your feral cat. They are placed into their cat carrier after surgery and kept covered to avoid frightening them needlessly.

To speed up their recovery, please do not disturb or handle them any more than is absolutely necessary.

Surgical patients are returned to caregiver with a tipped left ear indicating that the cat has been surgically sterilized, making future identification possible. All community cats have also received two types of pain medication; Buprenorphine and Meloxicam, both in injectable form. A complimentary Rabies vaccination protecting the cat against the rabies virus for one year has also been administered to those cats that are 3 months and older.

Surgical aftercare involves the caregiver observing and reporting any abnormality noted the morning of release PRIOR to returning the cat to the trap site. Sutures in the female cat are internal and will dissolve. The male cats have small incisions on the scrotum that are not sutured and are left open to heal. If you notice excessive bleeding, excessive swelling, or unusual activity before you release the patient, DO NOT RELEASE THE CAT.

Please call the following phone number immediately to discuss your concerns before releasing the cat: 231-246-0638

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