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Congrats Spartans on the big win!

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We used the Kong comfy Cone. This has metal braces in it that keep the cone from being able to be flipped backwards. We have it attached with both a collar and gauze. Our guy normally did not wear a collar but we actually put one on for this purpose. We chose a size small. Our cat is a 10 pound cat. We had the vet tech help us put the cone on. With the collar, it is one of those breakaway collars so it snapped closed fairly quickly And then allow them to put the gauze around it as an extra support.

Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014 when we met him at an estate sale and he promptly followed us around.  Because of his owner's sudden passing, he was on his way to a regular (not non-kill) shelter that night.  NO WAY!  Fast forward- Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He is cancer free, at least for now.   He is hopping around, getting spoiled by Mommy Gina & Daddy Nick, new tripawd parents who are still learning!

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I have pugs and the regular cones don't work without modification.  The pugs all had relatively large necks and of course very short faces.  When I've had to use a hard cone (eye injuries for example) I end up cutting them down so they can eat and drink.

I had great luck with the inflatable donut type cone with quad-pug Obie when he had his knee surgeries.

I do back stage type theater work as a hobby so I use gaff tape instead of duct tape- but the same principle applies- it can fix almost anything!

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9 October 2017 - 12:46 am
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Day 5.

Not a bad couple of days.

Raven has been much more calm.  Frankly, I really don't blame her for her earlier behavior.  If I was kidnapped, taken to a torture facility, drugged, and woke up minus one perfectly functional limb, I would raise quite a bit of hell myself.  Fortunately, she's been very content lately, and it is nice to see her finally enjoying some peace.

She is still being housed in the dog kennel, but the warden and I are allowing ample prison yard time.  She's spends that time walking around the office, trying out different sleeping spots, leaving presents in the litter box, etc.  We seem to have struck a balance such that she doesn't resent her time in the dog kennel anymore.

Also, I think I had one idea this week that actually worked.  I mentioned earlier how much Raven relies on our other cat, Abby for comfort/companionship.  This is the daily situation she's used to..

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Predictably, Abby was not so keen on hanging out with vet-scent infused Raven.  We're waiting until Raven heals before reintroducing them.  Don't want to risk a cat rumble in Raven's current condition.

We thought we would try buying Raven a soft, stuffed dog, and rubbing Abby's scent on the dog.  I rubbed Abby's cheek gland on the dog's cheek.  What does Raven think?  Well, she likes sleeping with the dog, and I noticed today she was smelling and head-bunting the dog's face..

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 Not conclusive proof of a bright idea, but this might be worth a shot for anyone in a similar situation.  A little bit of comfort seems to go a long way for cats going through this situation.

Thanks for all the tips on cat cones! I've got some new ones on the way.  

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9 October 2017 - 8:28 am
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Glad to hear day 5 things are more peaceful for everyone.
The stuffed dog & scent swapping IS & WAS a GREAT idea! I would add to that idea and re scent the stuffed dog again with Abby's smell.

Or you can wipe Abby down with a dry towel and stick that in with Raven. Also wipe Raven with a towel and take that out to where Abby is ! See how they both react to the towel. Keep that up until Abby is ok with the towel scented Raven . Then maybe you can allow Abby in for suprerivesd visits and see how that goes while Raven is safe in her cage. If there is a hiss from either visit over. We used a multi cat pheromone diffuser. It helps not a magic bullet but does help!

Love the picture of Raven & Abby loving each other! Adorable! They are the best of buds!  Raven snuggling with the stuffed dog is precious! There is your proof great idea! I put a little stuffed animal in with Purrkins in recovery too, his was a kitty that purred;) He snuggled with it also.

You and the Warden are doing great job!

Let us know which cone works best for Miss Raven!

Holly & Purrkinsheart

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A+ to Dad!     Love that Raven is snuggling with "doggy Abby":-)  

And that picture is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!! 🙂 🙂   Has me grinning ear to ear!   Can't wait for them to get back together.

Hang in there!   Recovery doesn't last forever...it just feels like it!

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Great job Raven! Dad and Mama warden, you’re doing a brilliant job!

what! You didn’t wrap the stuffed dog in Duct Tape first?!!! 😂 just kidding...

I was going to suggest the same thing as Holly, to exchange the blankets with each cat and have them get reacquainted with each other. I’m sure you’ll find that things will go very well. I absolutely adore the picture of Raven and Abby together! They truly are pals!

Good luck with the new cones.

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Day 7

Our inmate's drug supply dried up today (no more pain meds), and was therefore not so content as she used to be during the short time we kept her in the kennel--nights and sporadically during the day when the warden and I were both occupied.

Raven was back to cage raging.  We decided something needed to change before she filed a formal complaint on us.  It was decided the best thing was to convert the spare bedroom in to a padded cell.  We labored quite a bit to clear the room of everything except a bed.  Of course, we don't want her on or under the bed, so I ditched the frame, and just laid the box springs and mattress side-by-side.  That's all that's in the room aside from food bowls and the litter box.  This seemed like luxury cat accommodations to me.  

What did Raven think?  She paced around the room and seemed quite distressed there was no hiding spot. On a hunch, we put a blanket in the vet pet carrier and stuck that in the room.  She crawled in it and slept peacefully like a baby ALL day.  Very happy with her situation.  Mind you, this is the vet pet carrier, which is a tiny fraction of the size of the giant dog kennel she was complaining about earlier.  Difference?  Apparently, door open vs. door closed. 

It was an improvement for us too.  We've been doing almost constant watch for a week now, and it is time to catch up on life stuff.  Raven is happy, and I think we're good just peeking in on her every once in a while.  I'll be really glad when that cone comes off.  We had an incident where she got her front paw stuck in the loop in an attempt to get the cone off.  I have that image stuck in my head, and won't feel good about leaving her alone without constant status checks until cone-off day.  One more week.  Can't wait.  The warden and I will go out for a celebratory dinner!

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WOW!!!!  YOU WARDENS ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB!!! 🙂 🙂

AND RAVEN IS DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB OF COMMUNICATING HER NEEDS AND WANTS.....ESPECIALLY THE WANTS!!! 🙂

Have a great celebratory dinner...you deserve it!! 🙂

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I’m not surprised with her reaction;) Cats are not big on changes of course & Raven looked around 🙀and thought where can I cozy up and have a den now! Good job you noticed that & gave her a den😻!  it sounds like the rest is now going pretty normal.

I know its bizarre our cats hate the carrier but take the door off or keep it ajar and yep its a cozy spot for them to hide in! That is one way to get the carrier not to be the dreaded contraption that hauls them to the Vet😉

We put the bed on the floor for Me & we added some steps for Purrkins later in recovery, then started adding things back to the room as Purrkins showed us it was time to start doing more;) We got things back to normal before his stitches were out and ready for his big release out of that room! It made me feel better too! I could see he was capable etc. 

Yeek on the cone ! That was scary, glad all is ok! Your on the countdown now ! 7 more days!! 
Your halfway thru recovery! Cant wait to see Raven minus that cone and everyone back to a new normal!

I think you all need a Celebratory dinner you guys out and one in for Ravenwinker

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Wow, you got it all under control! You are going to need a "pet-cation" after all of this is said and done. Sorry, I lost your new thread, thought I had subscribed to it but I guess I just did that in my mind, lol.  Which.. needless to say has turned to mush over the last week or so. Everything I would have suggested you have already done. Every time you bring up the words duck tape I have to stop from laughing out loud! Your end result makes me think that maybe my decision to give Huckleberry his own room was the right thing to do. He has not had free reign of it yet, once the staples are removed next week I will work him into having run of the room.  In the meantime, before going back to the animal hospital, I opened the door when I was up there and he had supervised visits with Andy. Of course he was in his ginormus crate, and Andy visited him from the other side of the cell walls.  Our situation was also different, with Huckles being wild, he has been in a crate since we trapped him so he has gotten used to it.  I chose not to free him until after the staple removal because I didn't think it was fair to give him freedom and then take it back.  

Well done on the sharing kitty scents! I started doing that when we first trapped Huckleberry so that they would get used to each others scents and it seems to have worked out beautifully.  Any time I have had to bring a pet in for an overnight, or boarded Mitchell, I have worn a t-shirt for a day and then sent it in with him so that he would know I was still around. It really does make a difference. 

Your rebel kitty looks wonderful and both of you have the patience of saints clapIt is exhausting without having a little one running like a speed demon and hanging off of things... they would probably already committed be by now if that was Huck, lol.  I have had some extra time the last couple of days with my boy being back in the hospital, I just wanted to say hi and see how you were all doing smiley

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I love it!  Right now our Rusty is cone free and cage free.  He is allowed to roam free in throughout the main floor of the house (it used to be a mother-daughter house so we basically live on the main floor with the second floor being dedicated to guests, fitness equipment and of course when healed, the cat.)  Even with his new found freedoms, we will still find him napping in the crate which we left assembled for now with the door open.

I am SOOOO impressed with everything that you have done!  Congratulations!

Gina, Nick and Rusty

Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014 when we met him at an estate sale and he promptly followed us around.  Because of his owner's sudden passing, he was on his way to a regular (not non-kill) shelter that night.  NO WAY!  Fast forward- Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He is cancer free, at least for now.   He is hopping around, getting spoiled by Mommy Gina & Daddy Nick, new tripawd parents who are still learning!

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By the way, have you considered writing short stories??? YOU ARE AWESOME!!

Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014 when we met him at an estate sale and he promptly followed us around.  Because of his owner's sudden passing, he was on his way to a regular (not non-kill) shelter that night.  NO WAY!  Fast forward- Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He is cancer free, at least for now.   He is hopping around, getting spoiled by Mommy Gina & Daddy Nick, new tripawd parents who are still learning!

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Love your inventiveness and observations of Raven's behavior. That is something that's really hard to do when times are stressful and challenging. But look at how in-tune you are with her wants and needs. You have learned so much about recovery for a challenging kitty and now we've all learned too, thanks for sharing.

And those adorable photos are over the top CUTE! 

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Major scandal today.

The warden snuck into the inmate's padded cell last night, and they were busted spooning together this morning. It seems they slept together all night.  Please keep this to yourselves for now.  An investigation is ongoing.

Some day, I'm going to do a lessons-learned from Raven's 2-week recovery period, because those lessons are many.  I'll sneak a small tip in right now, because I just happen to be thinking about it after our evening clean-up routine.  Useful product:  Dog pee pee pads..

Great for lining kennels, and for placing food dishes and small litter boxes on.  Handles spills very well.  Disposable.  

Added bonus:  Both our cats love lying down on the pads.  They seem to be attracted to the material.  It's working out great for the padded room--no stinky sleeping spots on the blankets.  Very handy product for a pet in recovery.  

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