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My 6 month old cat was neutered this afternoon and he is

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Customer: my 6 month old cat was neutered this afternoon and he is acting strange..he was fine when we arrived home at 6pm, he slept, at a bow he is just lying with his eyes closed andit, drank water, is greatly disturbed by the e-collar and he was just howling, staring at the wall, not responding much and disturbed by our touch. Now he is acting very lethargic. Is this normal?
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for your question.

This is not a normal recovery after a neuter. I would try taking the e-collar off first to see if it's just "e-collar paralysis." Some cats won't move with it on. Most cats will leave the neuter site alone, so they don't need a collar.

If his signs continue over the following hour, then I would get him rechecked. This could be from your vet (if they take calls) or an ER vet in the area. It could be a pain issue, but I would want to rule out an internal bleed, reaction to the anesthetics or even a urinary blockage. These can all be evaluated at the physical exam.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.