What Can You Use Besides the Cone Collar for Cats? - Pets
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Even if your cat is used to going outside by herself, she needs to stay inside for as long as she's wearing a cone. A cat's vision and hearing are limited by the cone, making him or her extremely vulnerable to the dangers that lurk outside.
The doctor said to leave the cone on until 2 days after the stitches come out (2/10 is the visit for that) Her neck is itchy where the incision is so I clearly need to keep it on her. But she is going nuts with this thing on her head. Bashing into stuff, playing in the litter because she has to use an open box, struggling to eat and drink. I am home for 3 days so I have been taking it off for her to eat and drink and then putting it back on. But she is used to free feeding and she keeps trying to get a snack. Is there an easier way to deal with her? Or would you just feed her twice a day when I can take the cone off and supervise a meal? Also, I have 2 doses of pain med and they said to give them to her today, but she seems fine. I was going to do one at bedtime tonight and then tomorrow night to stretch them out. Does this seem reasonable? She seems like she feels ok today but cats are so hard to read as far as pain goes. Elizabethan collars, or E-collars, are protective plastic cones that stop your kitty from licking or scratching at incisions or injuries. Most domestic cats spend one or two miserable weeks wearing the collar after their spay or neuter operation. Your pet likely will have a difficult time eating, drinking and using the litter box for the first few days of his E-collar experience.Don't tell my vet, but when they put a cone on Delilah for her infected tail, I took it off as soon as I got home. She couldn't see with the thing on or eat. I supervised her very carefully so she didn't chew. You'll have to watch Kira so she doesn't rub her face on furniture when the fur starts to grow in and it itches. One of my dogs had the soft e-collar and it was a blessing. It's not as effective as the hard one, but much easier on the animal. As for the pain meds, cats and dogs are very stoic. I'd definitely give Kira a dose at nighttime so you, yourself can get some sleep. It's been a difficult week for you as well as for her and you need your rest. You know Kira well enough to know if she's in pain or not, and if she needs more happy pills, you can ask your vet for some. They usually give the lightest dose to begin with, so don't worry that Kira will get addicted. Ah, the dreaded "cone of shame…"
Any time after surgery, we strive to send your pet home with an incision that looks as nice as possible. The plastic cone or E collar (for Elizabethan collar) was created to prevent licking. Without it, licking or chewing can cause irritation and infection, which may leave a hairless, discolored, ugly scar – for life.
Despite the stubborn urban legend that animal saliva speeds up healing, licking an incision is a sure way to slow down healing. The tongue, especially in cats, is so rough that it can destroy healing tissue and therefore delay healing. Worse: depending on the particular pet or level of discomfort, licking can lead to nibbling and chewing, especially when nobody is around to watch or distract them.
I cannot begin to count how many times pet parents ask me if their pet really has to wear an E collar. And I cannot begin to add up all the extra money owners have paid to fix open incisions at their vet or the emergency clinic. Pets have an amazing inherited skill, which allows them to chew up twenty stitches or staples in less than two seconds flat. By the time you realize it, it’s too late!