Neutering Care: Post-operative Guidelines for Feral Cats

Feral cats must be kept overnight post-operatively in a small room/outhouse ensure they are warm/dry kept cool in summer; the exception is pregnant females who will require further observation for 48 hours if possible.

Feral cats may be frantic for a short period of time, but most will look for a location in which they feel secure and settle there. If you know the cat place the cat carrier in the room, open the door and leave.

Provide newspaper or old towels a small box or plastic container in a corner/out of the way area without a lid from which you can visually observe the cat.

Very feral cats may have to stay in the carrier overnight for their safety and yours! Place the cat carrier door against a wall cover with a towel/sheet.

Post-Operative Signs – What to Watch For:

Feral cats will huddle in a small area. Signs of postoperative problems will not be obvious, watch food intake closely; lack of interest in food, especially after days with a good appetite can signal a problem.

Become familiar with the cats ‘energy level’. In most cases a feral cat will not move when you are nearby; however, he/she will be watching closely.

If the cat’s attention seems less energetic or his/her eyes seem less bright/attentive, there may be a problem.

If you can touch the cat (formerly untouchable) and the cat feels cool to the touch, (especially female cats) he/she could be in trouble.

If the cat’s third eyelid is visible (and does not move back after awaking, etc.), this is also a sign of distress.


On releasing a feral cat be aware of surroundings do not release next to busy roads or areas, leave food and water in the usual place as it will initially run off but return later to eat and drink.

It is essential you contact one of us in an emergency as only approved veterinarians may be consulted we will not be responsible for any veterinary postoperative emergency care without prior agreement.

Rev.1.1  18/7/2016