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Your pet's care doesn't just start and end when the surgery does. We are committed to educating you on how best to care for your pet after they leave our clinic, so that they can stay healthy and safe. Please review these resources carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

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Feral/Community Cats

After surgery, keep recovering community cats in a safe, warm and quiet sheltered area until the confinement period is over.  Community cats should be released at the site of trapping as that is the cat’s home. Reasonable times for the cats to be returned are as follows:

● An actively lactating female cat may be returned to the site of trapping 24 hours after surgery

● Healthy male cats: 24-48 hours following surgery

● Healthy female cats: 24-72 hours following surgery


Confinement may be extremely stressful for free-roaming cats, so if the cat shows signs of extreme stress – repeated attempts to escape the trap or not eating – he or she should be released immediately. If the cat has a medical problem that was identified at the time of spay/neuter surgery, postoperative holding time may be extended. If a cat is to be kept for an extended period of time, he or she must be transferred from the trap into appropriate longer term housing such as a large dog kennel with a feral cat den.

Please check out the resources HERE for further information about Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) and post-operative care.

Please call us at 469.240.5130 (8A-4P) or email us at if you have any questions or concerns about your pet after surgery.  Our phones and email are not monitored 24/7 but we will get back to you as soon as we can!  If your concern is urgent or an emergency, please go to your nearest veterinary emergency hospital. 

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