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Can anyone help me prepare for my cat's op?

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thatsabloodybigtree · 17/01/2011 23:31

We have two cats, and one is going into the vets for an op to have some teeth out next week (vet is going to have a look first and take teeth out as necessary) We have been told not to feed her from 8pm wednesday and take her in at 9am thursday (she is just allowed water)

Can anyone help with how we get around a. feeding one cat and not another and b. dealing with a very hungry cat!!


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girlywhirly · 18/01/2011 12:53

You will have to isolate the cat who is having the op from 8pm the night before in a bedroom or somewhere with a litter tray and water to drink. You may need to spend some time in the room with the cat that evening!

The other option is to feed both cats as usual, then remove all food until the cat goes to the vet, then replace food for the other. This will only work if they are both shut in overnight and thus no possibility of the non-operation cat bringing any scavenged food in via a cat flap for example, and the other eating some. Also make sure all you own food is put away securely, mine used to pick at the packaging of bread and crumpets left out to de-frost, no way of knowing how much they'd eaten, but there were bits all over the kitchen!

WhyHavePets · 18/01/2011 12:56

ust don't feed them both! It is not a massive amount of time to go hungry. Feed both at 7.30pm then feed the cat staying behind quickly once you have got vet cat loaded into the car, it will only take a minute or two.

the cats shouldn't be "very hungry" as it is only a few hours - and you will be in bed for most of it, just ignore any yowling and get on with your evening!

SoupDragon · 18/01/2011 12:57

Ive always simply starved both cats and fed the healthy one once the cat being operated on is in the travel basket.

Monkeytoo · 18/01/2011 12:59

I know this is not what you asked but depending on how many teeth your cat has removed he might need encouraging to eat once he's allowed afterwards. Chicken baby food (just the pureed chicken with nothing else in) gently warmed or cottage cheese (really) can be easy for them and tempt them. They do really well with less teeth though once they recover.

thatsabloodybigtree · 21/01/2011 10:25

Thanks everybody...will set dp to task on this one!
monkeytoo I'll bear that in mind, thank you...dp said the vet will send some food for her also. She has been very down recently and glad we've got to the bottom of what is wrong!

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