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« on: June 09, 2017, 04:59:12 PM »

My daughter's cat Auri hurt herself badly on Saturday (we think maybe she fell) and had ACL repair surgery on her left hind leg on Wednesday. For this type of surgery, you absolutely cannot risk the cat pulling out or dislodging any staples (and for an ACL repair there are a lot of them) because there is a high risk of infection if the incision opens even slightly, which could rapidly lead to sepsis, require more extensive surgery, and be permanently disabling or life-threatening. Consequently, Auri MUST wear a cone for the 14 days until she gets the staples out.

Auri, like most cats, had the typical soft cone that they send home pulled off within about 10 seconds after she got out of the carrier, and we were desperate to get something in a hurry. A nearby pet supply store carried the Comfy Cone, and recommended it. This cone threads onto a pet collar (for Auri, we had to use a small dog collar, since cat collars are breakaway) and then closes with Velcro.

The cone is stiffer than a paper collar, but is padded and not as hard as the hard plastic ones. Auri has not been able to get it off, and seems fairly comfortable in it, including lying down. She was having trouble eating in the cone, but by turning it so that the closure was below her chin and opening it during eating, then closing again, it has worked well.

The cone has a vinyl covering that food wipes off of easily.

This has all been very scary, and a rough and painful time for Auri (who although not very mobile and needing to be confined still, is starting to feel somewhat better), but this cone has been a life saver.

https://www.amazon.com/Recovery-Collar-All-Four-Paws/dp/B000XY7CKE/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1497054766&sr=1-2&keywords=pet+comfy+cone
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 05:29:53 PM »

Catbird,
Thank you for the information on the comfy cone.  But, more importantly, I want to send sincere wishes for an uncomplicated recovery for Auri.  I am sure that you and your daughter and whole family are very upset by this unfortunate incident.  I know that Auri will have the best of care, though.  I will be keeping Auri in my prayers.  Please keep us updated on how she is doing.
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 06:06:58 PM »

Thank you, Mandycat. It has been very stressful for our whole family, especially since my daughter has to leave for a 10-day business trip to Canada tomorrow that she can't cancel. (My other daughter will be cat-sitting at the absent daughter's apartment with Auri.)

Twelve days to go until the staples come out and the worst is over. Not that I'm counting.  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 07:08:21 PM »

Oh dear catbird! I'm so sorry this has happened to Auri. I hope she heals up quickly with no complications.
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017, 07:35:00 PM »

Oh geez, I'm sorry to hear about Auri.  And why do trips always coincide with pet drama!  Thank you for the info.  Good luck, and lots of kitty scritches for Auri.  So glad she has a loving family to fill in for Mom!  Sending healing thoughts for Auri, and hugs for your daughters.
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2017, 05:20:10 AM »

The collar looks very good . Sending many good thoughts for Auri ! Very glad she has an Aunt who can keep her at home Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2017, 03:48:18 PM »

I will keep Auri in my prayers for fast healing.
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2017, 10:39:47 PM »

Oh, how scary.  I'm so sorry to hear about that and hope that Auri is feeling better and that the Comfy Cone is working for her.

I watched the video on Amazon about Comfy Cone and had to laugh watching the dog Little Man get his Comfy Cone put on.  "He's ready for his Comfy Cone!"

Sending peaceful wishes until the staples can be removed!
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2017, 03:16:39 AM »

Poor Auri.  I hope she heals well and fast!
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2017, 07:09:39 AM »

Thank you for the information catbird.
I wish Auri a very speedy recovery
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2017, 03:48:46 PM »

All your good wishes worked! Auri had her recheck appointment today, and is healing so well that she can get her staples out on Saturday the 17th instead of waiting until Wednesday the 21st. Then 24 hours more in the cone (to let the irritation from the removal settle down, so that she doesn't go at it frantically) and then, she's a free kitty! although we are supposed to watch for excessive attention to the area in grooming and try to redirect her for a day or two.

We will still keep her restricted in the tent for awhile when not under direct observation, since the leg is still weak. Vet says she should be completely back to normal in 10-12 weeks from surgery as she uses her leg more and more and rebuilds muscle. (He mentioned that cats are pretty good this way and not too likely to re-injure. He said, "Now with a Labrador, it's a different story!"  Grin)

(She was not drinking at first in the cone so got subQ fluids on the first two post-op days. But she's peeing fine the past several days, and at today's appointment, the vet said her hydration was good. After the cat fountain was rigged up in her tent, she seemed to do better with drinking--we haven't seen her, but she must be doing it somehow. She'll be done with her pre- and post-op antibiotics after tomorrow, too.)
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2017, 07:38:22 PM »

Great news!  I know that you all will still be nervous for a while as Auri continues to heal, but it sounds like she is making great progress.  Keep us updated on her progress! 
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2017, 04:27:27 AM »

Very glad to hear this good news ! Keep healing well Auri !  Smiley  Kiss
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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2017, 04:15:03 PM »

Auri got the staples out on Saturday with no issues and immediately began using her leg a bit more. She has pretty good active range of motion already, and is bearing weight on it, although still limping heavily and not able to go very fast.

She's still spending periods in the collar due to excessive grooming on the area, but is getting more and longer periods out of it. (I'm sure the site itched during those last stages of healing!) One area is still a little swollen, but today (2 weeks after surgery) it is looking quite good, considering what happened to her.

Now all she has to do is gradually build her strength back up without falling again! She is eating, drinking, and using a low box well.
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« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2017, 05:11:46 PM »

Thanks for the encouraging update on Auri.  Wishes for continued progress in her healing.
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