Now that Elizabeth is 6 months I took her to get spayed.
I dropped her off at 7:30am and was able to pick her up at 11:30. It seems a bit early but the Vet said they prefer to have them recovering in their own home. The Vet said the spaying procedure was normal and no complications. I was happy to hear this as I previously posted Cornelius had Cryptorchidism which made his neutering a bit more complicated.
Friday – First couple hours home:
Signs of the anesthetic were evident, she was off balanced and stumbling around. But she had a lot of energy and was very curious and seemed happy to be home. She immediately recognized Cornelius, and was neither excited nor bothered by him. She was running and playing most of the day.
They slept peacefully on the same bed as normal.
Saturday – next day:
Because they were getting along so well I left them along to run errands for a couple hours. When I came back they seemed normal so I fed them. Elizabeth started growling at Cornelius over the food.
Since then Elizabeth is fearful, growling, hizzing and all Halloween cat when Cornelius comes near her. Cornelius is very calm and not reacting but very curious and confused why he can’t get close to her.
Its quite scary and stressful. Last night I separated them so Elizabeth could get a nights sleep without being stressed.
So what’s going on?
I’m guessing the first day she was still affected by the anesthesia which is why she was playing and so active and didn’t feel the pain. By the second day it has worn off and she now feels the pain/discomfort. I’m fearful that it is a case of re-directed aggression. She is confused why she has this pain and is taking it out on Cornelius.
I’ve checked her incision and it seems to be normal. I never see her licking or touching it. She is eating as normal. I will call the Vet on Monday for their opinion. So today is Sunday and I have been observing them very closely. I separate them for a couple hours on and off to let her sleep and relax without being stressed. There are times when she isn’t bothered by him but others where she is so stressed and fixated on where he is.
I am so grateful that Cornelius is not responding back with aggression. This is just really stressful to deal with because their relationship was so peaceful before. I just want to get this under control and not let it escalate.
Have you ever experienced aggression after spaying or neutering ?????
Please, I would love to hear your experience, advice, thoughts in the comments.