I'm new here and hope that my question is allowed. This truly is a post-op question.
I'm probably going to be having ACDF later this year - 2 levels. Family will help with errands, grocery shopping, etc. post-op, but I'll otherwise be alone when I come home from the hospital. I have two cats that I adore and am looking for advice regarding them during the post-op period. Allergies prevent family from helping with my cats.
1) I'm planning to board my cats while I'm in the hospital and for a couple of days after I come home. Will that be long enough, or should I board them longer? I rent a room in a house and my cats must remain in my room at all times; they are not allowed elsewhere in the house.
2) I found a long-handled litter box scooper online. Do you think I will be able to clean the litter box using that, or will I need someone to clean the box for me during the recovery period?
3) I can free-feed my cats dry food while recovering, but they'll need to have fresh water daily. Will I be able to change their water bowls, or will I need someone to do that for me?
4) Anything else I should think about in terms of my cats?
Both cats are adults, very affectionate. They can be quite playful at times but they never get underfoot. They do, however, frequently "camp out" by the bedroom door, so it can be tricky entering/exiting without them getting out. They absolutely must remain in the room at all times.
Thanks for any suggestions!