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Most kittens enjoy a swift and painless recovery after they get spayed. However, like any surgical procedure, there could be complications. The symptoms linked with such a complication could range from simple swelling to more serious ones like an infection.
Excessive play and infections
As kittens are extremely active, there is a high chance that they can damage the post-surgical incisions when they play, run, and jump. The excessive activity could separate the skin or tear the sutures. These will result in pain and bleeding. To make sure the kitten recuperates fully from the spay procedure, keep it in a big dog crate. The limited volume will dampen its playful nature for the time being. Playing is not the only reason for sutures coming off. A few kittens could find this incision an irritating one and lick the area so much that the incision opens up and irritates the skin. Bacteria may be introduced into the exposed area where the operation took place. A special collar can be obtained from the veterinarian to stop such a licking habit.
Your kitten could be at risk of infection too. Signs of a bacterial infection include soft swelling at the incision site and drainage. There could be redness and oozing. Take the kitten to a veterinarian if it is listless. An infection could be the cause. A number of veterinarians give the kittens preventative antibiotics post spay surgery. It is perfectly normal to see a small amount of swelling and redness. There could be a small and firm swelling directly below the skin. It is the remains of the suture material.
Bleeding and digestive upsets
A possible complication from the spaying procedure is bleeding from the incision. Blood in minute amounts may appear as soon as the surgery gets completed. The blood flow, however, quickly runs out and you may not see it only after a day. In-case if blood drips from the incision or the abdomen of the kittens visibly swell, take it to the veterinarian immediately. A kitten in excessive pain will meow and not eat. It will be inactive and will take fast shallow breaths. The pupils will be dilated. It will have an abnormal posture and not groom itself. If it does any of the preceding behavior, take the animal to your vet without any delay. The kitten may suffer digestive upsets too. Anesthesia causes a few cats to suffer digestion problems. Diarrhea and vomiting are common,. The kitten may experience a decrease or an increase in its appetite. Majority of the digestive problems disappear 24 hours post surgery. Many veterinarians recommend canned food so that the kittens could be enticed to eat more food post surgery. The kitten should be normally eating two days post surgery.