Tough times with the kitties during spay recovery.

Misty mopes around, while Dot is mostly normal, but still not herself.

This is all because of the cones, which we have received all kinds of mixed advice on:

  • It’s fine to remove them immediately
  • They won’t need it after the first 48 hours
  • They can go without, but don’t let them play too rough for the first 7 - 10 days
  • We should keep them on for a full two weeks

The cones also tend to collect the wet food we give them, which makes them do a pitiful backward dance to try to lick it off. I don’t think it’s very sanitary, but they’re so used to their wet food, so we’re now trying to remove the cone long enough for them to eat.

In the meantime, we tried swapping the cones for inflatable collars yesterday, which were quickly rejected. Tomorrow, we’ll try “recovery suits”, which are basically just onesies that leave space for them to use the bathroom.

We tried removing them altogether, but they go right to licking all over their bald spots, which makes me nervous, as I’ve heard there’s little to no protection from their internal organs being exposed if they manage to undo the sutures.

I keep telling myself (and the kitties) that this is only temporary, but if I’m being honest, it’s causing a lot of stress in our household, and bringing me down. 😿