Surgery Instructions

Before surgery

  • No food after midnight (unless a very young kitten or puppy)

  • No food in the morning before surgery 

  • Water is fine

When you arrive for the scheduled drop off time

  • Fill out the surgical form and sign the consent at the bottom of the page


  • We will admit the patient in the carrier (cats recover from surgery in the carrier, so please be sure that there is enough space!)


  • After the patient has recovered from surgery, you will get a call letting you know when he/she can go home


  • Please allow ample time - depending on our schedule we may have you pick up your patient in the evening

After Surgery

  • Please leave your cat in the carrier or trap until the effects of anesthesia have completely worn off.


  • It is important to KEEP THE CATS WARM when transporting them home and until they are fully awake and alert. 


  • You may offer your cat about 1/4 to 1/2 of their normal diet the evening of their surgery as long as they are awake and alert.


  • Non-feral male cats should be kept quiet and confined for 36 hours.


  • Non-feral female cats should be kept quiet and confined for at least 10 days. This means restricting running, jumping, and playing. A dog crate or small room should be used.


  • Dissolvable sutures are used so you don’t have to bring your cat back for suture removal.


  • The incision is closed with stitches under the skin and then skin glue is applied. Female cats have a small, green line placed near the incision to show that they have been spayed.


  • Inspect incision area daily for swelling, redness or drainage. A small amount of redness is normal and sometimes an animal will have a small reaction to the suture material. This will result in a small raised area, or bump, usually at the end of the incision site. This may not occur until weeks after the surgery.


  • If your pet keeps trying to lick or chew the incision, an E-collar should be used and left on until the incision is completely healed.


  • Some cats and kittens will develop a firm, non-painful lump under the incision. This is an inflammatory reaction and should resolve within 2-3 weeks.


  • Generally, your cat does not need more than pain medication than has already been given. If you feel that your cat is in pain, please consult with your regular veterinarian to determine if they need more pain medication.

    For non-emergency post-op questions or concerns please call Frankie’s Friends at 724-889-7011.


  • We will provide a follow-up examination free of charge for any incision or surgery related concern.