Take a paper plate, cut a circle in the middle, put it around the cat’s neck and duct tape it to fit. It works amazingly well and is light and comfortable for the cat (as opposed to those plastic cones).
If your furry companion is on the smaller side, a “onesie” may be a good choice. Made of soft, stretchy fabric, this bodysuit covers cats and dogs beginning at the neck, along the body and over the hindquarters. There are holes for the legs and tail to pass through.
If your pet struggles with the cone, there is actually a pretty easy DIY alternative to keep your furry friend comfortable while they recover at home. You can make your pet a “jacket” out of an old T-shirt, and it can cover wounds or scars just like the cone.
Bandage the Area
Probably the easiest way to get your cat to stop licking a wound is to wrap a bandage around it. Ensure that the dressing you use is dry and clean. Change bandages on a daily basis to help the wound heal.
Do not allow your cat to lick or scratch at the incision, as there is a danger that the cat may pull out the stitches or may introduce an infection into the incision. As long as the incision is not bandaged, inspect it at least twice daily.
An E-collar or bodysuit will be required for your cat after spaying surgery to protect the incision site and prevent her from licking her sutures.
When Can I Take the Cone Off My Cat After Neutering or Spaying? Both male and female cats are required to wear a cone for 10 to 14 days after neutering. Once the scrotal incision heals completely, you can take off the cone.
Initially, attempt to stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound with an absorbent dressing, such as dry gauze, followed by a layer of bandage material or a clean, dry cloth. This will protect the wound during transport to the veterinary clinic and prevent any further contamination of the injury.
Cones are never fun. Most cats hate the feeling of the cone around their neck and there’s usually an adjustment period. During the first few hours, many cats have difficulty even walking around with the cone. Some cats walk backward while others walk into walls.
Use Essential Oils
Some essential oils can be used in a similar way to lemon juice and mint, by creating a spray that will naturally deter cats from licking the area. Lavender, cinnamon, and lemongrass are generally considered safe for your pets and you should be able to find one of these that your cat really hates.
Try to remember the last time you had a cut that was healing and how itchy it started to get around 5-8 days later. This is the MOST important time to keep that e-collar on! So, let’s recap. After your dog or cat has had surgery (no matter how old or young they are) you MUST keep them restricted for fourteen days.
Bandages. Smaller wounds can be covered and wrapped in bandages to prevent your cat from licking them. Cover the wound with a gauze bandage and wrap it with a rubber latex veterinary bandage. This type of veterinary wrap sticks to itself without sticking to your kitty’s fur and comes in different colors.
Yes, vaseline can be applied safely around minor cat wounds. Step 1: Apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment or non-medicated petroleum jelly such as Vaseline to the wound to keep any bacteria that is present from causing infection.
As anyone knows, it’s important to keep a wound clean so in that way licking has its advantages. Furthermore, cat saliva contains compounds that can aid the healing process. A few compounds contained in cat saliva such as opiorphin, peroxidase, lactoferrin, and thrombospondin act as a pain reliever and antibacterial.
There is an animal-friendly alternative for the cone: medical protective apparel. The Medical Pet Shirt® protects and covers the pet’s body after a medical procedure like neutering, during recovery, in case of skin problems or whenever protection is needed.
In addition to being a great replacement for the cone of shame, the pool noodle collar doubles as a great swim collar for dogs!
Sudden jumping or stretching can disrupt the healing process and may even cause the incision to reopen. Thankfully, few procedures require a significant crate or cage rest to help your cat recover, and most outdoor cats will be able to cope well with staying indoors for a few days as they recover.
Can I Let My Cat Walk Around After Being Spayed? For at least 24 to 48 hours after the surgery, your cat should not be allowed to walk around. As anesthesia takes time to wear off, your cat should strictly not be allowed outdoors during that period.
Don’t try to pet or play with your cat immediately after surgery. While this may feel reassuring to you, it may just keep your cat from feeling safe and rested. Avoid lifting your cat unless it’s absolutely necessary. You can easily tear your cat’s surgical incision if you lift or move your cat too much.
Signs of pain include unusual meowing, a hunched back, and bleeding from the surgical site. While your cat may move more slowly post surgery, pain and a loss of appetite shouldn’t be a part of the recovery process.
If you are concerned that your cat may require a bandage, place sterile gauze over the wound, gently wrap it with stretchy bandage material, then bring your cat directly to an emergency veterinarian. This should not remain on for longer than an hour, to avoid damage to the skin.