Cats have almost all the same diseases as humans. Unfortunately, oncology is no exception. Operation is a difficult test for a small animal. Beloved cat after surgery to remove a breast tumor needs special care and attention. In many respects, the success and duration of the rehabilitation period will depend on the creation of the right conditions.
Creating favorable conditions for the cat
Unfortunately, almost no one is safe from the occurrence of tumors - neither humans, nor cats. One of the most common types of malignant neoplasms in cats is a breast tumor. Almost all animals suffer from this disease, and pets, dogs and cats are no exception. The only possible treatment in this case is the surgical removal of a breast tumor.
As a rule, during the operation, not only the tumor itself is removed, but also the affected mammary gland, the neighboring gland (sometimes the entire ridge of glands), surrounding tissues and blood vessels. The operation to remove them is quite traumatic for the animal. Therefore, it is important to create the most comfortable conditions for your pet so that recovery will be successful.
How to create the most comfortable and favorable conditions for the cat in the postoperative period:
- When transporting an animal from the clinic home, it is necessary that it lay on its side. It is advisable that the head is located slightly below the level of the whole body.
- The head should not tilt to its side or fall on the chest.
- The chest should be free of any squeezing.
- The animal is not able to blink independently after surgery. Therefore, every 4-5 minutes it is necessary to gently rotate the eyelids, opening and closing eyes. You can also use eye drops, but this should only be done after consulting a doctor.
- The cat disrupts heat transfer after surgery. Therefore, on the first day it is necessary to provide it with external heating - put a heating pad or a bottle of hot water (not boiling water) next to it. You can also place the animal next to the radiator. Make sure that the temperature is not too high.
- Do not put the cat on high ground. He cannot walk, but will try to crawl in a semi-conscious state. It is better to make a soft and warm place for the animal on the floor, also providing a fence.
It should also be remembered that during the first day (and probably several days) the animal will not be able to relieve the need for a place familiar to itself. Therefore, it is necessary to provide a set of interchangeable diapers, under the bottom of which you need to lay a special hospital oilcloth.
During the first day, it is advisable to spend maximum time next to the cat. This is necessary to track changes in her condition, and to ensure her safety and proper care. Coming out of anesthesia, the cat cannot control its body, and will try to crawl, walk, run and jump. During this, the animal can get quite serious injuries that will only aggravate the state of health and will not contribute to an early rehabilitation after surgery.
After removal of the neoplasm in cats, the animals need to be carefully monitored for several days in order to be able to notice deterioration and seek medical help on time.
Possible signs of deterioration:
- labored and heavy breathing;
- a significant decrease in temperature on the pads of the legs;
- blanching of gums and lips;
- lack of motor activity during the day after surgery;
- lack of control over the limbs 2 days after surgery;
- vomiting and belching that occur regularly;
- the presence of blood in the stool;
- swelling of the tissues of the mouth, pharynx, muzzle;
- allergic manifestations.
In order for the treatment to be as successful as possible, it is important to undergo a detailed examination, diagnosis and choose the most appropriate treatment regimen. But this is not enough for the cat to be healthy. After you have struggled with a breast tumor and defeated the disease, it is important to successfully pass the recovery period after surgery, and this depends on many factors. One of them, and almost the most important, is the creation of favorable conditions that will contribute to the recovery of the pet.
Even after a pet’s successful recovery, owners should be mindful of the need for regular examinations several times a year. Cases of relapse in breast cancer account for about 60% of all clinical cases.