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.