A hilarious video of a dazed cat coming out of anesthesia has gone viral on TikTok with over 1.8 million views.
In the video posted to the Goose + Lentil page, a auburn cat named Goose can be seen lying down and staring off into the distance without even bothering with a black cat named Lentil sniffing his face.
The lyrics read: “Goose comes out of anesthesia…Lentil doesn’t understand why her brother is a statue.” In a previous video, Goose’s owner explained that he recently had oral surgery and needed to be sedated.
“Lentil says the lights are on but the house is empty,” said one user, while another advised, “It’s actually best to keep them separated for a while until he’s off the anesthetic.”
A sleepy redhead cat, similar to the one in this file photo, was filmed in a hilarious TikTok video waking up from anesthesia. The cat had oral surgery. Maryviolet/Getty Images
Many cat owners will need to care for their pets at some point in their lives after surgery, whether it be neutering or something else. Your cat won’t understand what’s going on, especially if she’s been on pain medication or anesthetics, so it’s important to know how best to care for your feline companion.
It can be a good idea to prepare your home for your cat’s return before picking it up. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, it’s important to provide a warm and comfortable space with a soft, clean bed, “ideally in a quiet, draft-free room with a comfortable room temperature (68 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit).” It is also recommended that your cat staying indoors until fully recovered to reduce the risk of infection.
It is said that if your cat is incredibly sleepy, like the poor goose in this video, it is normal for a day or two. “Over the next 24-48 hours,” it says, “your cat’s behavior should gradually return to normal.” However, do not hesitate to contact the hospital if you are concerned.”
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In the video, Goose can be seen with a band-aid on his front leg, although the surgery was performed in the mouth. This may be the site where anesthesia was administered or it may be the site where intravenous fluids were administered to ensure the animal was adequately hydrated.
It may be tempting to overload your pet with treats and food post-surgery, but most likely they will be quite nauseous from the anesthetic. Pet food brand Purina advises that your cat may not be ready for her usual plate of food.
“Offer them something small and light after surgery – most cats love things like chicken and fish,” she suggests, “and since they’re nutritious too, these make good post-surgery meals.”
“If these aren’t options for you, just use their regular feed, but only give them a quarter of what they would normally have. Your vet can even give you a specific type of food to feed your cat. Whatever you offer, make sure they have plenty of clean water to go with it.”
Newsweek has reached out to Goose + Lentil for comment.
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