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Old 27-01-2010, 11:45 AM
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Alternatives to cone collars

Hi,

Amber was spayed yesterday and the vets gave her a cone/buster collar to wear for 14 (14!) days.

Obviously, she hates it. She took it off after about 20 minutes so I left her to it to see if we could manage without (none of my previous cats have ever worn one) but she was pulling at her stiches with her teeth after about 10 minutes.

The last thing we want is for her recovery to be delayed so we decided to perservere. She took it off overnight, we put it on when we got up, but she is thoroughly miserable. In fact, I have never seen such an unhappy cat and it's breaking my heart

She really seems to have lost all of her mo-jo as she just sits/lies around letting us scratch her (in itself very unusual!) with the saddest eyes!

I want to find an alternative as I don't trust her not to pull the stitches out, but would be grateful if anyone had any feedback on the alternatives as they're not cheap and I don't want to get something that she'll hate even more!

Has anyone tried ProCollars - inflatable protective collars for dogs and cats I know it doesn't work if the wound is in certain places so would it protect a spay?

Or does anyone have any other suggestion??

I'm desperate to rescue her from her abject misery!!
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Old 27-01-2010, 12:35 PM
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Re: Alternatives to cone collars

I haven't tried it as my cat hasn't been spayed yet but is due to be soon but someone rccommended cutting the toe off a pop sock and slipping it over the cats body, it doesn't stop them licking the wound but it stops them from pulling the stitches, but I would still use a collar if she is being left alone.
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Re: Alternatives to cone collars

I know somebody who used one on a border terrier and had to swap back to a lamp shade as she could still reach her stitches.
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Old 28-01-2010, 12:02 AM
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Re: Alternatives to cone collars

Poor Amber. Bella was not happy with her collar either when she was spayed a couple of months ago and managed to get it off once. I did feel really bad about her wearing it and spent loads of time scratching her head for her, but did keep it on for the full 10 days that our vet advised because she is a very licky cat and I know she wouldnt leave her wound alone. She did get more used to it after a few days ... but like your kitty she did seem quite depressed about the whole thing. Her wound healed beautifully though so it was worth it in the end
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Old 28-01-2010, 05:39 AM
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Re: Alternatives to cone collars

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Hi,

Amber was spayed yesterday and the vets gave her a cone/buster collar to wear for 14 (14!) days.

Obviously, she hates it. She took it off after about 20 minutes so I left her to it to see if we could manage without (none of my previous cats have ever worn one) but she was pulling at her stiches with her teeth after about 10 minutes.

The last thing we want is for her recovery to be delayed so we decided to perservere. She took it off overnight, we put it on when we got up, but she is thoroughly miserable. In fact, I have never seen such an unhappy cat and it's breaking my heart

She really seems to have lost all of her mo-jo as she just sits/lies around letting us scratch her (in itself very unusual!) with the saddest eyes!

I want to find an alternative as I don't trust her not to pull the stitches out, but would be grateful if anyone had any feedback on the alternatives as they're not cheap and I don't want to get something that she'll hate even more!

Has anyone tried ProCollars - inflatable protective collars for dogs and cats I know it doesn't work if the wound is in certain places so would it protect a spay?

Or does anyone have any other suggestion??

I'm desperate to rescue her from her abject misery!!

I know it's hard to watch them upset but think of it in another way, how much more heartbraking it would be if she didn't have it on,
They seem bad but it's only because they dont like being restricted she's not in any pain from it, I would consider all the pros and cons before buying another expensive seemingly more comfortable one. How many times will it be used, is it worth it for a couple of weeks? Chances are she's gonna hate a different one just as much because it's stopping her doing what she really wants to do and that's get to them stitches, any animal will try and get to them because it's a foreign body in them that the dont like,
I took a look at the inflatable collar and I think that looks more irritating than the normal lamp shade ones.
I know it's hard to watch them in distress but it really is worth it when you think how long it'd take for the wound to heal without it,ifshe keeps gettin git off you coul always attatch it in so way to her collar which maes it more difficult to remove.
Hope she feels better soon
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Old 28-01-2010, 09:31 AM
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Re: Alternatives to cone collars

Thanks for your advice everyone. When I got back from work yesterday she still had the cone on, and kept it on all night. I was so proud of her!! I have resisted buying the inflatable one and am going to try and perserve as suggested.

The one benefit of all of this is that she has become very affectionate, wanting her head scratched all the time, which has been lovely for me!
Last night she spent hours next to me on the sofa being combed and scratched, and this morning I left her lying next to my OH in bed getting the same treatment!

We're going to try and last the distance as I know it's the right thing to do for her, so fingers crossed she has learnt to accept it grudgingly.

I do feel sorry for her brother though. He has no playmate and is getting much less attention that Amber. He seems to be taking refuge in eating!
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Old 28-01-2010, 09:34 AM
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Re: Alternatives to cone collars

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Bella was not happy with her collar either when she was spayed a couple of months ago and managed to get it off once.
Is that Bella in your avatar? She is beautiful! How old is she?

I always wonder what our 2 will look like when they get older - especially Amber as she's quite a lot smaller than Jimmy. It's really strange to think of her one-day looking like a proper grown-up BSH!
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Re: Alternatives to cone collars

When we had our bitch spayed in November she hated the buster collar too so I put one of my daughters old swimming costumes on her and it worked a treat and she was a lot comfier. Not sure if this would work with a cat though but I know how miserable those collars make them.

There is also the trimline recover collar for cats and dogs. dog first aid, bandages, recovery collars, tick twister tick removal, aloe vera (scroll down a bit)
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Re: Alternatives to cone collars

Isi I could have written your post! My Kitty was neutuered yesterday and we had to put a collar on, she seems so sad and is trying to lick herself but cant
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Re: Alternatives to cone collars

You could always try this !
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