Providing sickroom for your cats

A sick cat needs the same care as a sick person: quiet place and relaxation. Just like people, cats are generally aware of their own energy limitations and will distance themselves from any activity that they see in their immediate surroundings. The majority of cats will stay passive until they have healed, but some may try to overexert themselves during this time. Despite how difficult it may be, you should make every attempt to restrict a sick cat to the room in which it is most comfortable. 

Most of the time, your cat will be discharged from the hospital with a specific regimen to follow at home. You will be following the veterinarian’s directions, which should be followed out with the least amount of interference possible. If you are able to restrict your cat, it will be much nicer for both you and the cat. If an isolated room is not feasible, a comer that is peaceful and free of drafts will suffice. Make certain that there is enough of air circulation and that the environment is clean.

Remove any carpets and expensive items from the room as well. Please keep in mind that a recovering cat may not have complete control over his or her own elimination. Newspapers are the finest floor covering, while old sheets or blankets are the ideal covering for any furniture you want to leave around. A big box is very convenient. 

If the environment is too bright, make sure that drapes are drawn to block the light from the windows. Your cat’s eyes may become sensitive to light as a result of certain diseases such as upper respiratory infections and conjunctivitis. It is important, however, that the room or area does not become totally gloomy and dismal.  The temperature of the room should be about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not overheat the room, otherwise the cat may get ill when it leaves the area. In addition, the environment should not be too cold, since your cat may develop an upper-respiratory illness while in this vulnerable state. If at all possible, drafts should be avoided. If the room has to be aired out to get rid of a musty or unpleasant odor, move the cat into another room that is the same temperature as the original. After that, restore the room to its original temperature of 70 degrees before returning the cat. 

These and other measures may seem time-consuming, but they are well worth the effort. The more vigilant you are and the more strictly you adhere to your veterinarian’s recommendations, the sooner your cat will be back to health and happy.  If the sickness has been serious or if the surgery has necessitated a lengthy recuperation period, the cat’s room or area should be set up in a manner similar to that of a hospital room for the cat. If, on the other hand, the duration of your home treatment is just a few days, you may not want to relocate your belongings. 

The cat is the most important factor. Is it necessary to have complete silence? Are you able to give it the time and attention it deserves? Is it possible for you to accept a patient if you already have a large number of children? Do you have any available space? If the load becomes too much for you, you may consider boarding the cat at a veterinary clinic until it is completely recovered. Home nursing may be time-consuming, particularly when cats refuse to take medicine or eat special foods that have been prescribed.

You may find that some cats may miss their owners if you leave them at the hospital; however, others will not be bothered in the least. This is another judgment call you will have to make while deciding whether or not to attempt home therapy for your illness or condition.  Do not carelessly give any medication that you happen to have on hand and believe may be of benefit to the cat. Every medication that you store in your cat’s medical cabinet or first-aid kit must be labeled “for cats only” if it is intended to be administered orally to your cat. Because each pet has unique requirements, it is not advisable to maintain a generic “pet” medical cabinet. Aspirin may be beneficial to one person while being harmful to another.

Certain medicines, such as Kaopectate, which is safe for babies, and milk of magnesia, which is a mild laxative, are generally considered to be safe for all people, regardless of age. However, medications and tonics that you would take for yourself should not be given to your cat without first seeing your veterinarian. Some tonics, for example, include trace quantities of strychnine, which a human may be able to ingest without experiencing any negative consequences, but which may be very dangerous to a cat. 

Moreover, do not re-use outdated medications and tablets that you have been hesitant to throw away in the past. It is conceivable that giving them as a potential treatment will make your cat’s condition worse. Make sure that anything you do provide to your cat is drastically reduced in size before giving it to your cat. Given that you weigh about 10 to 15 times that of a cat, a typical dosage for you would be deadly to your companion.  Above all, be sure you follow the veterinarian’s instructions to the letter. If you have been instructed to provide medicine to your cat at certain times, you are not permitted to miss one dosage and administer a double amount at another. The dose is adjusted such that a constant level of medicine is present in the cat’s circulation at all times.

If you fail to give your cat its medication at the appropriate time, the quantity needed to treat it lowers, and the cat gets less benefit from the drug for a period of several hours. You must be accurate and timely in your care of your cat’s health, and you must be motivated to do all in your power to assist it.  If you have any concerns about your capacity to care for your cat during convalescence or throughout the required time of treatment, you should consider leaving it in the hospital while you recuperate.

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Tom Creative Space
A cat enthusiast who loves to talk about cat wellness.
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