- Do NOT release the cat for at least 24 hours. Instead, return the cat in the trap to your pre-surgery quiet temperature controlled location.
- Provide food and water.
- Use your trap divider to block the cat away from the rear access door. Hold the divider in place while opening the rear door to place food and water in the back of the trap. CAT BITES ARE DANGEROUS. Any cat bite requires immediate medical care as they get infected very quickly and can lead to sepsis. In addition, feral cats can be rabid. If a person is bitten, the cat needs to be held for 10 days or rabies tested. The latter requires euthanasia.
- No over-the-counter pain medications. TOXIC!
- No sooner than 24 hours after surgery, release the cat.
- The 24 hours is needed to clear anesthetic agents from their system so they are fully capable of defending themselves agains predators. There is no need to hold feral cats longer than this. They are stressed in the trap and will heal better in their natural environment. NOTE: Sutures are under the skin. They get absorbed by the body so suture removal is not needed. Male cats do not have closed incisions (ie/no sutures) for their well-being. This is the standard neuter procedure.
- place the trap at the feeding station
- place the trap divider to keep the cat from the rear door
- Hold the divider in place while removing the rear door.
- Remove the sheet from the trap and then remove the trap divider and step back. Wait for the cat to leave the trap. Do not try to force the cat out of the trap as you may get hurt.
- If you opt to hold the cat longer than 24 hrs, you will need to change the food and water daily using the trap divider method above. You can use the same method to change the trap liner.
What to Expect (In Some Feral Cats) After Surgery
- Minor sleepiness
- Watery eyes and/or drooling
- Rare vomiting
What Requires Veterinary Care After Surgery
- Blood on the trap liner or on the cat that does not appear to be coming from the ear tip
- Anything that has you concerned. Trust your instincts: when in doubt, call the vet.
Emergency contact numbers
Dr Cobb’s cell phone number (for post-operative concerns ONLY) will be provided on your invoice. She greatly prefers texting. If the situation is urgent, do not wait for a reply. Pennsauken Animal Hospital (856-662-4450) runs a reasonably priced urgent care. When they are closed, we have been most happy with Blue Pearl Levittown (215-750-7884), or, locally, Mt Laurel Animal Hospital (856-234-7626).
Non-Urgent Post-Operative Concerns
You can e-mail non-emergent questions, including photos, by using this link: NON-URGENT POST-OPERATIVE QUESTIONS/CONCERNS
Our sole goal is to optimize spay/neuter care for pet lovers. We opened to provide a better/optimal option for pet owners at a fraction of the price of private practice. We put safety and comfort over speed and price. This means we are better staffed, use more expensive and shorter acting drugs, give each pet its own sterilized instrument pack and use comforting items not found in shelter and other low-cost facilities. All of these things amount to higher operating costs and higher prices for the client. “Cheap” is not our goal. Our great price-point stems from a combination of our highly-skilled spay/neuter veterinarians, staff trained specifically for spay/neuter care, and building design, equipment and internal processes set up strictly for spay/neuter care.
We love feral cats and we are happy to serve trappers. Here, feral cats enjoy the same (more expensive) comfort and safety items as every animal coming through our doors. The cost for all cats, including feral cats, can be found HERE. For feral cats, this includes a visual exam
before anesthesia, a pain relief injection
by a highly experienced spay/neuter veterinarian, an ear tip
, short-acting anesthetics
with reversal agents
for safety, a fresh clean surgical pack
, and attentive monitoring
by our surgery and recovery staff. Extra items are also available at an extra charge
. These items and their prices are listed on our price calculator
here: Price calculator for cats
Many trappers opt to utilize our services for the care we provide and/or the convenience of our streamlined services and/or our location. Others utilize other organizations for the better price point inherent with a mission of ending pet overpopulation. With our unique mission, we are not in a position to price match.