I rehomed a cat from an animal shelter. Picked her up from the vets where she was neutered. Had been a stray before she was picked up by the shelter. The vet believes she is between 1 and 2 years old.
Because she was a stray/feral, I was advised to keep her in a dark room in a cage with food water and a litter tray. We have the largest size dog cage for this so she has space to move around. She has cowered in the corner for 4 days now. She has only eaten a very small amount of food and drank very little water. (We have tried all different types of food). No other pets in the house and no small children.
We let her out of the cage today but she went crazy spitting and hissing when we tried to put her back in. Literally climbing the walls. Admittedly she is recovering from being neutered. She cannot be handled and is not using the litter tray, understandably. My gut feeling is to let her out of the house and leave food outside for her and let her decide. We live in the country and have a big open garage for her to shelter in but she is recovering from an operation too. Any advice on what is the right thing to do? She is clearly very unhappy.