Your cat needs to wear the cone until it has recovered completely from the spay/neuter surgery.
The cone may bring some discomfort to your cat but it is the safest option. This cone prevents infection and other issues.
To learn more about the cone your cat is wearing and different alternatives let us read the article further.
Is It Necessary For Your Cat To Wear A Cone After Spay And Why?
Yes, your cat must wear a cone after spay. This is because your cat’s first instinct would be to lick around the incision and remove any debris.
Usually, the area around the incision might smell weird so your cat might want to comfort itself by putting its scent back on its body.
You cannot even bathe your cat until the area around the incision has recovered.
If your cat licks the area around the incision then infections may arise in your cat’s body. Your cat should not be able to clean the area for at least ten days.
This cone is to be put around your cat’s neck, encircling the head and hence creating a protective shield between the mouth and the head from the remaining body.
This cone is necessary as it stops your cat from biting or licking their incision site from being scratched or rubbed.
What Kind Of Cone Should You Take For Your Cat?
- The cone you take for your cat should fit well around your cat’s neck.
- It should be loose enough to allow one to two fingers between the neck and the collar and at the same time tight enough to prevent your cat from removing it.
- Your cat’s neck should not feel any pressure from the hard edges of the cone.
- The cone should be a little above the nose tip of your cat. Though it depends on the area of your cat’s body that has to be protected.
Things To Keep In Mind While Choosing A Collar
1. No Pain In The Neck
As we know your cat will keep growing and as for kittens they will grow up quickly, but the collars would not expand.
So keep a frequent check on the collar and loosen it up. If not done so then the collar will grow into your cat’s neck and will cause a lot of pain.
You should check your cat’s collar every week until it is fully grown and do this even if your cat is an adult to make sure the collar fits well.
You should be able to slip one to two fingers easily between the collar and your cat’s neck.
Make sure your cat’s collar is not loose.
2. Buy Break-Away Safety Collars
It is necessary to buy break-away safety collars which can open up easily if they get caught. It is important as it will keep your cat from accidentally getting strangled.
Microchipping helps to provide your cat with permanent identification. A microchip is basically a tiny capsule that is injected into the cat’s skin between the shoulder blades. It is completely painless.
Each chip has its unique ID number and when scanned then full owners information is received. You should keep updating the microchip if there is any change in your contact information.
The microchip does not have a GPS and so you cannot track your pet.
For How Long Should Your Cat Wear A Cone?
Your cat should wear the cone at least up to ten to fourteen days post-operation.
If your cat’s stitches or wound has still not healed then you should keep the cone on your cat until it recovers completely.
Other lesions can take more or less time to heal completely.
How Could Your Cat React To The Cone Around Its Neck?
Your cat would not want to keep the cone after neuter/spay because it may cause some irritation to it.
Though your vet will suggest you put a cone around your cat’s neck for days.
These cones will allow your cat to drink, eat, litter, etc. the only thing they wouldn’t allow her to do is to access her surgical area.
Your cat may oppose the e-collar strongly but it is very important.
The cat may start using passive measures like hanging its head down in shame or would go around the house smashing its gigantic head into the furniture, walls, or back of your leg.
Your cat might pretend as if it cannot eat or drink with the e-collar on while it could even be dramatic and would furiously try to remove its collar with its legs.
Your cat might start jumping and thrashing things here and there.
These attempts are to show that they oppose the e-collar they have worn.
Your cat is using these tactics only to make you feel sorry and guilty.
But please be firm with your decision and keep the cone on your cat’s neck. You should tie the cone on your cat’s collar or create a harness out of a gauze bandage.
Can Wearing A Cone Hurt Your Cat?
Yes, the first few hours could be uncomfortable for your cat.
They will not be able to walk around with the cone too.
Cone should keep your cat from hurting itself.
How To Feed A Cat With Cone On?
If your cat is not comfortable having food and water with the cone on then you should try hand-feeding your cat or holding your cat’s dishes up for them to eat while they have their cone on.
You could try trimming down the cone length while it is eating.
Or you could remove the cone while they are eating or drinking but you need to keep monitoring your cat and be around them making sure your cat is not fidgeting with its stitches.
Alternatives You Could Use Other Than A Cone
The alternatives to a cone would depend not only on the size of your cat but also other factors like, the severity of the injury or operation, location of the injury, the tissue that has to be protected, etc.
1. Inflatable Collars
Inflatable collars are more comfortable for your cat and serve the same purpose as a cone.
It helps in easy navigation as they are not so wide and hence your cat will be able to pass easily through doors and other narrow spaces.
They preferable for upper body injuries and are not meant for the lower body.
2. Soft Flexible Collars
They offer less protection than inflatable ones but are easy to put on.
These are preferred to a cone because they are more flexible. Some of these work better than others though it depends on one cat to another. You should ask your vet before you choose an alternative.
3. Small Dog Sweaters
Yes, dog sweaters are helpful for cats because most cats are mostly of the same size as a small dog.
This is a quick but not so preferable alternative for your cat. These sweaters go higher on the neck of your cat. This option is only preferred if your cat has got shoulder or neck injuries.
4. Baby Clothes
A flannel or a onesie is also an alternative for a cone. It can keep your cat covered and protected until the healing of its injury.
This alternative is for feet or leg injuries as it can also keep their claws covered so your cat does not scratch its injury.
Is It Safe To Leave Your Cat Alone With The Cone?
It is not so safe to keep your cat alone with a cone on.
This is because your cat can easily get stuck while wearing a cone. It can be tough for your cat to enter and exit the litter box with the cone on.
If your cat is an outdoor cat make sure it does not go out with a cone or until it heals completely.
Your cat might just get stuck.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Your Cat Sleep With A Cone On?
Yes, your cat can sleep with a cone on. Though it might not be so comfortable for your cat. Your cat will get accustomed to it soon.
When can you take the e-collar off your cat?
The e-collar should be worn till your cat’s wound is recovered completely. During spay, it should not be removed for ten to fourteen days. Make sure to follow the instructions of your vet.
Which are the different materials of the cone which can be used for your cat?
The cones that you use for your cat come in different materials. From shaded plastic to clear plastic, from rigid plastic clothes to soft plastic, Velcro-strips with custom fits pre-cut sizes which can be snapped together.
You should not remove the cone from your cat’s neck until the area of the spay surgery has healed completely.
We have learned about many other alternatives too.
Though make sure to speak with your vet before you choose or take any decision. Always consult your vet if you are unsure about any decision you are taking.
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