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Litter Box Vs. Cone Of "shame"

Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by goosekitty, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. goosekitty

    goosekitty Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

    Mar 13, 2015
    Greetings, ya'll!

    My 4 month old kitten was spayed today. When picking her up from the vet's, I decided to buy her the soft e-collar so that she wouldn't try to take out her stitches. She seems to be doing fine, if only a little lethargic. However, I am worried about her getting in and out of the litter box okay. The boxes I have about 5-6" walls. She was fine when using them before, but now that this collar is on her, I worry that she'll decide that the floor next to the boxes would be good enough rather than struggle with getting in lol! Am I overthinking this?

    She's not used to the cone at all yet.

    Any advice would be more than welcome! I've tried taking the collar off her to see what she does, and she goes at her own wound as if it were made out of catnip.

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  2. tabbytom

    tabbytom Happiness is being owned by a cat Staff Member Mentor

    May 12, 2016
    Garden City, Singapore
    Hello goosekitty, welcome to TCS :wave3:

    Thank you for having your kitty spayed. This will help her very much in terms of her health.

    If she's comfortable with the cone on, then leave it. If the litter box she's using big enough is not covered, it should be no problem for her. If it's covered, remove the cover. If the litter box is small, then it might pose a little problem when she enters to dig around as the cone might get into the way.

    Better not let her lick the wound as it might dislodge the stitches. Try to get it cleaned with a damp warm lint free cloth after each time she uses the litter box. And make sure that the incision site is dry and clean. If there's bleeding or pus, please bring her back to the vet.

    Don't forget to introduce yourself to the community in 'New Cats on the Block' under the Social Forum page and also check out the rest of the site and feel free to ask questions if you have any.

    What's your kitty's name? She's pretty. And do post more of her photos please :wink:
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  3. crunchie

    crunchie TCS Member Young Cat

    Jan 28, 2017
    Vancouver, BC
    You could always take a cardboard box and cut it down with one side lower (the entrance) that the others. Line it with a plastic bag.
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  4. di and bob

    di and bob TCS Member Top Cat

    Dec 12, 2012
    Nebraska, USA
    I have never used a cone on any of the many cats I have spayed/neutered and everyone came through fine. The females lick a little and then quit, they clean it better than I could. If you remove it and she licks, just check it once in a while to make sure everything is OK, it would take chewing to dislodge stitches. There may be a lump present, that is swelling from the trauma to the insides, and from the stitches inside too, which dissolve on their own. Clear discharge with maybe a little blood is normal, yellow or greenish thick discharge means infection. If in doubt, take a picture on your phone and bring it in tom the vet, lay your hand on it to check how warm it is too. I'm glad she is home!
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  5. PushPurrCatPaws

    PushPurrCatPaws TCS Member Top Cat

    May 22, 2015
    How is [Bramble?] doing? My guess is she has cone superpowers like other kittens and has managed to get that cone off of her neck.

    Is she feeling better? How are her stitches? She is such a cutie!
  6. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

    Sep 19, 2006
    Glendale, California
    Thank you for getting her spayed right away. She sure is a cutie! Other posters have already made great comments and suggestions, so I don't have any to add except to say that none of my many cats has ever been coned for spay or neuter, and all have come through with no complications whatsoever. May your cutie heal quickly!:cutecat:
  7. lalagimp

    lalagimp TCS Member Super Cat

    Mar 7, 2017
    Lucky Champ Litter Pan
    I pulled that out of the basement when Tommy went into the cone of shame. He was a little awkward getting in and out but it didn't deter him from using his box. Now that his cone is off after a month he won't really use it but my princess started to use it daily so we just left it out in the living room.
    He had a PU surgery. None of my spay or neuters have ever had a cone.
  8. dustydiamond1

    dustydiamond1 Minion to Gypsy since October 2016 Top Cat

    Jan 24, 2017
    Central Illinois, USA
    She's lovely:lovecat2:

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