After sterilization, your cat’s nutritional needs change. If the diet remains unchanged, your pet is at risk of becoming overweight, lazy or even kidney problems, which can be very dangerous for his health. Therefore, it is essential to monitor your pet after the operation.
Change of diet
Neutered and spayed cats are prone to being overweight, so it is essential to change their diet. There are various menus that take into account the new nutritional needs of the post-operative animal.
The diet must be of high quality (PREMIUM) to provide the nutrients essential to your cat’s good health despite a drop in energy density. Low in fat, these foods are enriched with fiber to facilitate digestion, increase the feeling of satiety and avoid the formation of hairballs in the stomach. We select very high quality animal proteins (fresh products, hydrolysed…) balanced in vitamins and minerals to satisfy the animal and provide it with the necessary dose of energy.
On the other hand, low-end food found in supermarkets or garden centers is very appetizing but too fatty. Your cat will keep coming back for more! We advises you to choose special sterilized cat kibbles or kibbles without cereal.
Monitor your cat’s weight
The first 16 and 18 weeks postoperatively are crucial. The hormonal change causes the cat to have a greedy appetite that is difficult to satisfy, but on the other hand, the cat’s energy needs decrease. Your four-legged companion will be in demand, but it’s up to you not to be coaxed by his pretty cat eyes.
Once the convalescence period is over, without weight gain, the challenge is almost won. His metabolism will be accustomed and stable.
Conversely, if your cat has gained weight, the extra pounds will be hard to lose!
Maintaining physical activity
Outdoor cats, fearsome hunters, will have no trouble spending all their energy jumping and playing with their prey and naturally keeping their figure. But the cats of apartment… They have a limited sporting activity. So they must be encouraged to move in spite of everything, thanks to the cat tree and their favorite cat toys.
The main thing is to devote time for physical exercise, in 5-minute sessions.
Beware of urinary stones
Sterilization can lead to kidney problems, urinary stones (clots) or other similar infections. It is therefore necessary to feed your cat with specific foods (dietary supplements) depending on the pathology.
Ask your veterinarian for advice, to know the origin of his stones and choose the right treatment.
And above all… Remember to cuddle, pet and pamper your sterilized cat during the recovery period and much more!