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How to Keep Your Cat from Jumping After Surgery

Nicole Cosgrove

After any surgery, your cat will need to recover for some time. Cats are not known to be quite cooperative when you need them to. So, you will need to be very prepared after a spay or neuter.

Some cats are known to be more active after surgery. However, you will need to keep your cat from jumping around to make their recovery smooth and allow them to rest. You will have to monitor their movement post-op to keep them from injuring themselves.

Here are some of the ways you can keep your cat from jumping after surgery.


10 Ways of Preventing Your Cat From Jumping After Surgery

1. Monitor Your Cat Closely

This is the best way you can keep your cat safe after surgery. Cats can quickly get back to their normal activities after surgery, but they need to rest.

You will need to keep an eye on your cat as much as possible to keep them from hurting themselves. If you see that your cat is getting active and wants to jump around, you should take them back to where they rest. Cats love attention, and some cuddling will keep them from moving around.

2. Remove All the Cat Trees Around the House

Your cat will want to jump onto the cat trees if they are up. So, to keep your cat from jumping on the cat, you will need to take the tree down.

You can place the tree by its side if you do not want to remove the tree altogether.

You can also cover the cat tree with a blanket. It’s not a pretty sight, but it will just be that way till your cat recovers.

3. Keep Your Cat Indoors

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It is compulsory to keep your cat indoors after their surgery. There are many distractions outside that might make your cat jump around. They might even forget they had surgery when they see something to run after, like a squirrel.

You should also limit their time on the window to reduce the urge to be outside. Cats also start to jump around when they see something exciting outside.

4. Keep Their Toys Away

Taking their toys away might sound depressing, but it is a great idea to keep them away post-surgery. Cats get excited when they see their toys, and they might jump and run around.

If there is something in your house, such as a desk or couch that your cat is used to jumping on, you should cover it. Covering the item limits its access to your cat.  If your cat cannot see it, it cannot jump on it.

5. Keep Your Cat Away from Other Cats

Old ginger cat resting on couch
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Other cats will get attracted to your cat’s incision. They can lick or chew on your cat’s unhealed wound, which will cause another mess.

If you have many cats in your house, you need to pay close attention to the post-op cat and keep them from getting attacked by other cats.

You can keep the cats in separate rooms till your post-op cat completely heals. Be on the lookout for catfights when you have a recovering cat because they might have to hop and crawl to keep themselves from getting hurt.

6. Avoid Loud Noises

Cats have very sensitive ears. This makes noises that are normal to human ears louder for cats.

If your cat hears a loud noise, they might be startled by the loud noise, which can make them jump around or even run.

It can be hard to avoid some sounds such as thunder, but you can try and not play your music too loudly and ensure that your t.v volume is not too loud to startle your cat.

7. Get a Cone for Your Cat

If your vet doesn’t give you one, make sure you get one from a pharmacy on your way home. The primary function of the cone is to make sure that the incision is not licked, bit, or scratched. Your cat will hate it, but it is for its well-being.

The cone will also discourage your cat from jumping around. It also discourages irregular activity because your cat is quite uneasy and unbalanced.

The cone also prevents your cat from checking out high areas. It pretty much keeps your cat less active till they heal.

8. Use a Cat Calmer

A cat calmer is another item that you should consider getting post-surgery for your cat. They are pretty affordable on Amazon.

A cat calmer emits calming aromas for your cat that leave them relaxed during the recovery period. Cat calmers are easy to use. All you need to do is plug it on the wall, and it does the rest.

It is recommended you use it for a couple of days post-op. It will keep your cat calm and reduces their physical activity.

9. Keep Them in a Crate

Sometimes keeping your cat in a crate can be cruel but putting a post-op cat in the crate can be excused. After surgery, your cat is highly vulnerable, and keeping them in a crate might be the best thing at the time.

If your cat keeps jumping around, placing them in a cage might be the best thing for them. If you are not able to keep an eye on your cat, a cage is the best way to keep them safe.

Most pet owners do not like putting their pets in cages, but it will be for just a short time before they heal. If you can’t place your cat in a cage, you might want to place them in a tight room so they can enjoy some independence.

10. Follow Through with Their Medication

While keeping all the above suggestions in mind, ensure that you follow the veterinarian’s direction to the letter. This will fasten your pet’s recovery process.

Make sure you follow the directions carefully when give your cat their medication. Do not skip any unless otherwise stated.

After surgery, your cat might not eat, and this is not something to worry about.

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We hope all the mentioned suggestions will keep your cat from jumping around. Keep in mind that the main objective here is to limit your cat’s activity till they completely heal from the surgery.

Your kitty will also need some extra love and affection during recovery to keep them well-rested and relaxed.

More than anything, remember to follow your vet’s instructions for quick recovery.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.