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Cat amputation surgery aftercare
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28 December 2018 - 11:49 am
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Hi. I’m new and I’m looking for advice. My cat, Buttercup recently had amputation surgery on Friday and he will not keep the ecollar on. Now that he’s getting up more and becoming more active and aware hes started to lick his incision.  I’ve been watching him but cant watch every minute.  Can someone please recommend anything that would work. He does not like anything around his neck, it took us 2 years and numerous collars to have him keep him collar on. 

Thank you so much! 

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Welcome! We just missed you in the chat…other tr-kitty members are sure to chime in soon. In the meantime, you’ll find plenty of helpful recommendations by searching the blogs and forums.

Or, download Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats for fast answers. Here’s just a small excerpt with some cone of shame alternatives…

If your pet has a reputation for outsmarting traditional e-collars, you may want to invest in one of the newer pet recovery collar alternatives such as:

Flower Pattern Soft e-Collar
Comfy Cone Soft Pet Recovery Collar
The Suitical Cat Recovery Suit

You can also make your own recovery suit! These Baby Onesies for Cats often work well for cats who won’t wear a cone of shame .

Also don’t miss this growing list of links with many tips for three legged cats.

Please keep us posted. Your future forum posts will not require moderation. Meanwhile, start here for help finding all the helpful Tripawds resources and assistance programs.

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28 December 2018 - 7:11 pm
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Hi and welcome! So today is 1 week post surgery? Which leg did he have amputated?

Some people have been able to cover the incision with a onesie that is sewn where the amp limb is, there are also soft cones that may be more acceptable. 

Warm or cool damp compresses on the area can also ease the itchiness that comes as the incision heals. 

Please tell us more about your Buttercup. Why did he have to have his limb amputated? 

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