I admit, I wasn’t sure if I had to post this or not, because I found a lot of contradicting answers.
I’m not so sure how it is in the rest of the world. But here in Holland, two from the three vets do not give pain killing medication for the cats after spaying or neutering.
Not many cat-owners may realize this — as I didn’t either. But even after a spay or neutering- surgery your cat may still be in pain. Just like with an operation with humans, afterwards we still have some pain. But this all depends on your cat and the kind of anesthetic and on the procedure performed. Some vets give the cats good pain killing medication before they are going back home.
Not a lot of people know this, and because cats are masters in hiding pain as well — we never really thought about it.
If you notice any redness, swelling or discharge at the surgery site, or if the incision is open, please contact your vet. Also call your vet if your cat is lethargic, has a decreased appetite, is vomiting or has diarrhea following surgery.
Are you planning to get your cat spayed or neutered anytime soon? Ask your vet before the surgery if they are going to give some postoperative pain management for your cat afterwards, or ask your vet how long the healing procedure will be. If your vet says that it’s not necessary: It’s up to you what to do with it.
Was your cat in pain after it got spayed or neutered? Did your vet give your medication afterwards?