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1 November 2019 - 7:48 pm
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Has anyone had their cat use one of the  “VetGood protective recovery suit for cats” after amputation instead of cone??? Or am I not understanding the product’s use correctly? Trying so hard to avoid the hard cone after possible amputation of my kitty’s front right leg???? Any input is appreciated!! THANK YOU!

i tried to insert a pic but apparently I’m still technologically challenged!!!!


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My cat Mona had her front leg amputated and did not wear a cone. The vet took her to his house for the first night after the surgery and let me know the cone was not needed. After Mona came home if she started licking around the incision I’d put a cool compress on her and clean the area with a warm washcloth. Cats may find it easier to reach the site for a rear leg amputation.

Some people have used onesies, here’s a post how to make one: https://purrkin…..ternative/

The VetGood suit looks really good. No matter what you use you really have to watch your cat because some are escape artists. 

Before you make your final decision you might want to talk to your vet first. Some vets cover the incision site with a bandage and others don’t. Here is a photo of Mona’s staples and incision site on day two after the surgery:

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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Omg Mona looks GREAT day 2!!!! Wow you are a great kitty parent ❤️.. vet def not taking Ivy home lol I know she spends the night at office but that’s as far as it’s going.. I see the vet tomorrow for some scans to be sure cancer is localized.. fingers crossed.. so I will for sure ask her! Thank you for responding with such helpful info and hopeful pics! How is Mona doing now? How long since surgery? May I ask Mona’s age? She’s precious.. beautiful.


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Mona says thank you for the compliments. smiley9

She had her amputation 5 years ago in June 2014 and was about 8 years old at the time. She got cancer in her leg (fibrosarcoma) from a vaccine injection. She’s doing really well although she had a bladder and kidney infection this year.

Since the amputation, Mona has become very confident. She now seems to enjoy car rides, the vet clinic and even being boarded at a cat kennel. She’s known as a favourite cat at the vets because she’s so easy going. At home though she is a bit bossy and shy when I have guests. The vet said it’s because it’s her house.

I wouldn’t call myself a great kitty parent but Mona has taught me how to behave. Cats are great communicators.

I hope you have great scan results tomorrow. Let us know how Ivy is doing.

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

p.s. I see adorable Ivy has made a bed in a box. icon_lol I love cats…

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That’s awesome.. ivy just turned 9 so that nice to hear… I’m not sure what type of cancer the tumor was- I should probably find out- all I know is it was in her leg joint… wow I hope ivy takes yo all as well as Mona did. That’s really impressive and makes me feel good to hear. She just left for the vet so hopefully everything goes well! Thanks you again.. you made a stranger and fellow cat loving girl happy ❤️

And yes… my apartment is cluttered enough without empty boxes everywhere! Lol

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