How to take care of a male cat after neutering?

I’d suggest that you do next to nothing out of the ordinary except use your common sense and watch your male cat, keep him inside so that you can watch him and also to ensure that he does not get into a jam outside which may stress him and create problems.

Note: the word “neutering” can refer to both spaying and neutering. On this page it means the castration of a male cat.

Male cat neutering
Male cat neutering. Photo: O’Dwyer and Jones vets.
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I don’t recall my veterinarian giving me any particular instructions in respect of post-neutering care for my male tabby cat, Gabriel.

The operation is very straightforward and cats get over it very well. Both testicles are removed. The operation is not difficult or invasive (which may surprise some). The incision is small so stitches are not required. And the cat can often go home the same day. In fact, I would guess almost all cats go home the same day. There is no need for a follow up visit to the vet unless there are complications which I’d expect to be rare.

The book I have on cat medical matters omits any information on post-neutering care and therefore supports what I have written.

I actually somewhat surprised that people ask the question: “How to take care of a male cat after neutering?” using Google search. This is because the only time you want to ask that question is when you are taking your cat to the vet for neutering, in which case your vet will provide the answer, which will be that there is not much to do.

It makes sense to watch to ensure that there is no infection in the area of the operation. My cat was entirely back to normal as soon as he returned home after the operation.

There is big difference between neutering a male cat (usually castration) and spaying a female cat which is invasive and which entails removing the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. There’ll be more care requirements after a spaying operation including possibly administering pain medication. As I recall there is no need for pain medication after male cat neutering. Also as spaying requires a general anesthetic a female cat will be groggy after the operation and Elisa mentions that the cat can have dry cat food but no water to avoid the possibility of choking. The same actually applies to neutering but I don’t remember following that advice.

If anyone has anything more enlightened to say on the subject please leave a comment.

4 thoughts on “How to take care of a male cat after neutering?”

  1. The vets I worked for neutered male cats in seconds, after removing the testicles via tiny incisions, they squeezed in topical antibiotic…all done. The cat slept off the anaesthetic and went home the same day. The females had a small incision in the side, the ovaries and uterus were removed and again topical antibiotic squeezed in and they stayed overnight. We didn’t have those horrible head cones those days, we painted the sutured wound with gentian violet to stop the cat licking it. It was wonderful for all kinds of other wounds too, such as bites. I don’t think they use it nowadays

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    • Thanks a lot Ruth for sharing your experience. Much appreciated. I knew the operation was routine etc. but the speed of it has surprised me a bit. I hope you and yours are well.

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    • So glad you mentioned gentian violet, R. It was a staple in many hospitals and had so many uses. It was even used for thrush.

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  2. Because I do TNR, male neuterings are treated a little differently from females, since they don’t entail a major surgery.

    In their case, their testes are just cauterized down to nubs. And, any sort of infection or complication is rare.

    But here, males are given general anesthesia for the procedure. So, the only real precaution is to ensure that they are fully awake before releasing them. That may take some hours or overnight, because the males here are generally done last, after the females.

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