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life after amputation

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Kenneth Cocks, Mar 31, 2011.


  1. Kenneth Cocks

    Kenneth Cocks PetForums Newbie

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    hi there, our cat has just had his rear left leg amputated due to cancer. So far he is improving healthwise and venturing out of his bed to take a few unsteady steps on three legs. My question is, how do I stop him from licking around the wound? He is doing it so much I am worried that he is going to make a hole in his flesh! we tried using the Elizabethan collar, but it caused more problems than it cured. At the moment he has a plaster over where he was licking, but he still licks. Any ideas anyone? I'm becoming desperate.
    Ken
     
  2. HannahKate

    HannahKate PetForums Senior

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    How thick/impermeable is the bandage? If it's reasonably safe then you could try putting something like a dab of chilli powder on the bandage as long as youre sure it won't get into the wound. A lick or two of that and it should stop! :)
     
  3. Ally-Kats

    Ally-Kats PetForums VIP

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    Sorry to hear about the amputation, hope he gets used to his new body, they adapt well, better than us I think. Not had an amputation but have had a cat lose an eye to cancer and my present boy lost his eye through a scratch, he has coped remarkably well, I know it isn't the same as losing a leg but just wanted to show a bit of encouragement and to say they adapt to all sorts of problems, good luck with the licking the wound:)
     
  4. MissyMV6

    MissyMV6 PetForums Senior

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    My boy Smedley had his front leg amputated at the age of 18 he did really really well and enjoyed life to the full his remaining leg became very muscular. Sadly I lost him 2 years later to kidney failure.
    Regarding licking the wound Smedley had to wear one of those collars which he hated but we had to keep it on him to stop him licking it.Sorry I cannot give you any advice on what you could use apart from a collar.

    Angie xx
     
  5. Abster21

    Abster21 PetForums Junior

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    What problems did you have with the collar? Maybe somebody could offer advice on specific problems in that area?
     
  6. Dozymoo

    Dozymoo PetForums VIP

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    If he really hates the collar you could try one of these Jackets.

    Dermapetwear

    You'd just need to pin up the extra rear leg but it would be less restrictive and he wouldn't be able to lick the wound as easily....

    x
     
  7. MissyMV6

    MissyMV6 PetForums Senior

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    That is so cute,what an excellent idea:D

    Angie x
     
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