Most experts recommend spaying female cats and neutering males to avoid litters of kittens and reduce the risk of certain cancers and infections.
An adorable video of a cat look after its sister after they were both spayed has gone viral on TikTok with over 267,000 views. In the video posted to the account @life.of.lunaaa, two tabby cats named Luna and Minnie can be seen cuddled up in a basket post procedure, wrapped up in blankets, one licking the other’s head.
“We spayed both of our cats yesterday and now our older cat won’t stop worrying about our younger one,” explains the video.
“And I thought that Luna doesn’t like Minnie since they’re fighting all the time,” reads the caption.
“It is recommended that all non-breeding cats be sterilized,” advises VCA Animal Hospitals. “Several health benefits are associated with spaying your cat. First, spaying eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers. Second, breast cancer is the number one type of cancer diagnosed in intact (un-spayed) female cats.”
They also recommend that cats with diabetes and epilepsy should be spayed to stop hormonal changes that might interfere with medications.
How To Care For Cats After Surgery
There are quite a few things to remember when your cat has had surgery to make sure your cat heals as well and as quickly as possible.
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals recommends:
- Bring your cat straight home in a secure carrier and allow them to come out in their own time.
- Block off anything they might jump up onto, such as window ledges and cupboards—they could hurt themselves if they are disorientated or haven’t fully regained their strength. If necessary, make a temporary ramp or some steps so they safely get to the places they want.
- Give your cat extra TLC—sit with them, stroke them, and if they enjoy it, groom them, especially if they are wearing a cone and can’t groom themselves.
- Make sure you give your cat all their prescribed medication on time—use a medication chart to keep track and set alarms to remind you when they’re due the next dose.
- Use a litter that won’t get stuck to their wound—paper or wood-based pellets tend to be good.
- If your cat doesn’t want to eat, try warming their food for a few seconds in the microwave (mix well afterwards), or offer them some plain cooked chicken breast/white fish.
Users on TikTok loved the sweet video.
“They are so sweet and they look so cute with the cloths in the basket, I die,” commented one user.
“Thank you for being a responsible furmom,” wrote another.
Newsweek has reached out to @life.of.lunaaa via TikTok for comment.
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