I should know more about this, I've been around cats my whole life...of course, I've only ever had two female cats, the rest were all male, and with male cats it's just -snipsnipsnip- YOU'RE DONE, NEXT.
I do know with female cats, be gentle with their stitches, cuddle them extremely carefully, make sure they don't sleep in their litter box, and keep them inside.
Also, be careful with catnip. My gigantic tuxedo cat is currently higher than the Hubble telescope and that can really cause problems with stitches (and lamps, don't destroy my lamp kitty...)
Just echoing a few others here, seeing that some of their responses are spot on and wanted to throw in my few cents. c:
I work as a vet tech, and whenever we return the dog or cat back to the owner after a surgery like this, we usually recommend that they don't go outside (if they happen to be an outside/indoor animal) and keep exercise to a minimum, like running around, playing with others (animals or children), things like that. Also recommend keeping an eye on them so they don't pick at their sutures, because that is another expensive surgery in itself. @_@
As for jumping, that can vary, I wouldn't recommend letting her jump often. Even small jumps can tweak her stitches, but since she is getting them out this Monday, most of her incision should be healed by this time if its been roughly 10+ days since her surgery. We do our suture removals between 10-14 days after their surgery, so I'm going off of that. They heal up pretty well in such a small time frame.
Other than that, that's about it really. As long as she is doing well behavior wise, like no sudden drastic changes or sudden lethargy, and she's healing appropriately, she should be fine. I've read some of your other responses and you are on the right course of action in dealing with this, and I hope her suture removal goes well!
if its strenuous the stitches will bite, and the cat wont do it anymore. i think you should just keep them away from an opposite gender and fights, dog chases and other stuff that the cat priorizes more than physical pain, which is being scared for life.
I define it as 'don't pick up the feline and swing it around like you're some sort of demented child'. Through my experience with cats, they jumped all over the place the day after their procedure and nothing really messed up their stitches. I think they themselves have a pretty good sense of what's a good idea and what's a bad idea.
in other words, don't use your laser pointer and play catch the little spot on the wall all over the house. When you say desexed do you mean neutered? I've had both male and female cats fixed and never got any directions against strenuous exercise, probably because they weren't feeling much like exercising after losing their balls.
Yes, jumping, and really anything that exerts her abdominals counts as strenuous. Even if it's just a small distance, you don't want to risk it. I had mine on cage rest when I couldn't keep an eye on them, just to be safe.
Then again, them jumping depends on how old they are. If the kitty's fairly small then I would be a bit worried. Just keep an eye on them if they jump up. If it's close to having the stitches come out, then she should be right.
I assume the vets define strenuous as picking them up around the tummy where the stitches are (pick them up very gently with one hand under the chest and one under the bum), playing with them too roughly, letting them go outside, pulling at the stitches, picking them up too much... I assume a certain extent of running around is too strenuous as well.
With my kittens I left them in a quiet room for a couple of days after the surgery, and then let them walk around. I didn't play with them with anything more than them swiping at something right in front of them on the floor, and if I really needed to pick them up, I avoided their tummies.