Pre Operative Care Instructions for Feral Cats
- If you have more than 2 or 3 cats, you will need to start trapping at least 2 nights before surgery. Do not wait until the morning of surgery to start trapping. Plan ahead and try to have all your cats trapped the night before your appointment.
- Cats in traps should be fed twice daily with wet cat food. Place the food on a paper plate or towel and slide it inside the trap or place under the trap so the food goes up into the trap. You may also want to use the empty can for water, especially during warmer months.
- No food after midnight before surgery, water is ok. If there is a small amount of food in the trap from trapping the cat, it is ok.
- Do not put your hand inside the trap. If you are scratched or bitten by a cat, we recommend you clean it well with iodine or hydrogen peroxide immediately. You may also want to see a doctor or clinic as a precaution.
- Do not leave trapped cats outdoors unattended and do not leave traps unattended for more than 30 minutes at a time. Cats are NOT protected inside the trap. They can be injured and even killed by other animals.
- Keep cats in a secure area. Try to keep the temperature between 68 and 78 degrees.
- Keep cats covered with a towel or sheet to reduce stress.
- You may want to use puppy pads or newspaper under the traps to catch any elimination
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