How to Introduce a Post-Op Cat to Other Cats After Surgery

by Melodie Anne Coffman, Demand Media Google
    "I don't want any of them near me right now."

    "I don't want any of them near me right now."

    When you bring your feline friend home from the hospital after she had a procedure, she'll need to be alone for a while. Treat her just as you would a new cat coming into the house by giving the rest of your furry brood adequate time to adjust to her.

    Items you will need

    • Litter box
    • Food and water bowls
    • Cat bed
    • Toys
    • Baby gate

    Step 1

    Set up her own special kitty palace before you pick her up from the hospital. Your master bedroom is probably best so you can keep close watch on her. She'll need her own litter box, food and water bowl, floor-level bed and a few toys.

    Step 2

    Put Jasmine in her secluded room as soon as you get her home. Shut the door to keep the other felines out. She'll be a little disoriented while she's recovering from anesthesia and may just want to hide from you. This is OK, just keep checking on her to make sure she is safe.

    Step 3

    Keep Jasmine secluded for a couple days, or for as long as your veterinarian recommends. Let the rest of your furry friends sniff around the door and talk to Jasmine through the door, but don't let them in while she is recuperating.

    Step 4

    Set Jasmine up in a new room -- maybe the spare bedroom or your office. Move all of her stuff in there and let her hang out for a day or so. Let the rest of your kitties into her original room to sniff out the place. They'll adapt to her hospital smell so she doesn't seem so foreign when she finally shows her face.

    Step 5

    Place a baby gate up in the doorway of Jasmine's room after a day or two. The rest of your felines will surely race over to see what's going on. They'll want to sniff Jasmine and might try to reach through to her. As long as no one seems phased by Jasmine's scent, wound or Elizabethan collar -- if she has one on -- you'll be able to let the kitties interact with no barrier.

    Step 6

    Take down the baby gate as long as you are home to supervise your fuzzy buddies. Watch them interact with one another. Make sure none of the group picks on poor Jasmine or licks her wound or her healing process might wind up taking even longer. If anyone hisses, growls or puffs up their tail, you may have to keep that gate up for another day. However, if they all seem content, Jasmine should fit right back in with her family members.

    Warnings

    • Some kitties are a little aggressive while recovering from anesthesia. Keep your sick feline away from the rest of your animals to prevent a fight from breaking out.
    • If you have a male cat and just got him neutered, he'll still be fertile for a few weeks after surgery. Keep him away from unspayed female kitties for about a month. Otherwise you'll wind up with an unexpected litter of kittens.

    About the Author

    Melodie Anne Coffman has been writing for various online and print publications since 1996, specializing in human and animal nutrition. After receiving her master's degree in food science and human nutrition, she opened up her own nutrition consulting business in the New England area.

    Photo Credits

    • Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images