How do I keep my cat from pulling her stitches?

United States
February 15, 2007 1:25pm CST
We had our baby spayed last week and she won't leave her stitches alone. Yesterday, the vet even put some nasty tasting medicine on her stitches to keep her from pulling at them and she does it anyway. She'll lick the stitches and then stick her tongue out and go hunt for a drink to wach the taste away. Needless to say, she's very stubborn. We can't watch her 24 hours a day and I don't want her to hurt herself, but those cone collars are worthless and she just pulls it off.
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@jastiger (21)
• Australia
18 Feb 07
we had the same problem with our cat,so we got a old kids top & cut the arm off,put holes in for her arms & legs. it was a tight fit.that worked,she then licked the top that was covering her stitches,but she couldnt rip the stitches out.
• United States
22 Feb 07
What a great idea! In the end, she had pulled out all but two stitches when we took her back to the vet, but she healed up well and the vet just laughed at her....said she was obviously the most stubborn of cats :) I think she takes after my husband.
• Canada
16 Feb 07
have you used an E-collar for your cat. It is like a cylinder that you put over your cats head, and tie with guaze. If your cat has been sized properly, and it is tied tight enough, the E-collar should not come off. This is the only 100% sure fire way of stopping your kitten from licking her stitches. If she continues to lick they may open up, or become infected. I would call your vet asap to get a collar from them.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
Maybe they just gave us one that is too big for her, but she wiggles right our of it. I suppose it would make a funny video....she does the same thing with her regular collar....wiggles it up until she gets it caught in her mouth and then cries like a baby for someone to come rescue her.
@Anakata2007 (1789)
• Canada
15 Feb 07
How does your cat get the cone off? Wow, she must be like Houdini or something! I think you might be putting it on wrong because I think it's impossible for animals to take the cones off.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
I suppose it's becuase she's so thin, but if you tie it tight enough that she can't wriggle out of it, it chokes her. She is only about 6 and a half pounds and very thin through the neck.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
16 Feb 07
Well, the only thing I could think of is one of those collars they have for the dogs. The funnal things. Yeah, that might work.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
I wonder why your vet didn't use dissolving stitches on the inside and glue for the outside. Thats what they did to my cat when I had her fixed a few months ago. Ive never heard of an animal taking those cones off, you should video that and send it to that tv show! I'm sorry you're having this problem, maybe you can put something around her, like gauze or an ace bandage so she cant get to it
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• United States
15 Feb 07
Have you tried some sort of medical tape? I'm not sure it would work, but it's worth a try.