Species: Cat Breed: Persian doll faced c Age: 6-12 months
Hello Dr. Marie,
I just have a few questions about Snova...he got shaved for the first time today at the vet..and they gave him anesthesia and shaved him...is that normal or bad for my cat? Plus, he is so naked now...is he comfortable in being all shaved up? Also the vet asked us not to give him any food or water until tomorrow ...my cat in the morning didn't eat anything as well and went to the vet so I'm tensed if I should give him water or not? He is not completely in his senses but he's walking and jumping around yet still he stumbles when he walks..and he feels itchy too..And his one eye is closed like he blinks back and forth and i just noticed theres a hair inside his eye so please answer to my questions and tell me what should i do?
Dr. Marie replied:
Well this is an interesting coincidence. I have a persian cat and yesterday I had him shaved as well. He sure does look funny, but he feels so much better. He has a coat that is very difficult to keep free of matts.
If your vet gave Snova anesthesia it was likely because he was not behaving well for his grooming. If he had a lot of matts then it can be painful to shave and the kindest thing for the cat would be to use anesthesia. These days anesthesia is very safe.
I usually say that it's ok to give food after an anesthesia. I usually offer a small amount in the evening and if after an hour he keeps that down I give him a little bit more. Keep in mind though, that I don't know the whole situation with your cat, so it is best to stick to the advice your vet gave you.
It is fine to give him water.
It is normal for him to be a little wobbly after anesthesia.
I am a little bit concerned if he is blinking an eye...if he has a hair in there he may be uncomfortable. But, I wouldn't advise that you try to get it out. If it's possible for you to take him back to have the vet look at the eye then they may be able to remove the hair for you.
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Okay thank you so much...but i just want to ask a quick question i just put him in the cage and he's sleeping in it is that better for him to keep him in there? And how long is it going to take him recover from anesthesia?
Dr. Marie replied:
You're very welcome! I don't usually require my patients to stay in a cage after having an anesthetic. But I usually recommend that they are kept somewhere where they don't have access to stairs where they could fall.
Keeping him in a nice quiet bedroom should be fine.
Recovery time varies from animal to animal and it also depends on what kind of anesthetic he has had. But, he should be 80-90% of normal by the morning and completely normal by tomorrow night.
Thanks a lot ...and ugh i forgot to ask you a few more questions which are..that is it necessary for a cat to be shaved? Like every year or month? I would've never gotten my cat shaved but he had several hairballs so i had no other choice.. and how should I keep my cat hairball free ..comb him every single day and several times during in the day? Also is this true that its not good to have a male cat in a house where there are young girls since the cats hair are dangerous for a girl later on in the long run...she can't become pregnant? My male cat is not neutered as yet...is it a must for a male cat to be neutered ..and if he is not yet neutered what happens? And he is 10 month old is that a right age for him to be neutered?
Dr. Marie replied:
That's a lot of questions!
It's not necessary for most cats to be shaved regularly. But, if you are not able to keep up on the matts then regular shaving is a good idea. If you can comb him daily this will help...but for some cats that is hard.
I'm not sure what you are asking about the hair and young girls, but I've never heard of that.
It is definitely time to have him neutered. Pretty soon he will start having hormones and you will notice his urine is stinky and he may start to spray urine on things in the house.
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