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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hi, I just got my baby boy (6 months) back from the vet that did his neuter. He gave us one of those e-collar things and said that poor Mitts had to wear it for 7 days at least, or, preferably 2 weeks!!! Did everyone else's vet say the same?

Also, they didn't really clean up his back area. When can I give him a bath?

I didn't question the vet as they are the best ones in the Taipei area and are American trained (the head vet even went to my alma-mater OSU.)
But I've never done this before and they are closed now.


I just feel guilty making Mitts wear that stupid thing if there are alternatives.
post #2 of 20
I had two cats neutered, and neither of them had to wear any collars at all. That said, I don't know if the Drs. use different methods of neutering down in Taiwan than they do in US.
I know you shouldn't wash them for while after the surgery, so, don't give them a bath until they heal.
post #3 of 20
I never heard of ecollars after male neutering either. Can you see any reason why the area needs protecting?
post #4 of 20
Both of my cats had to wear them when they were spayed.

I was pleased they did as well because although Sophie managed to get her e-collar off after 2 days, she also managed to pull a stitch out, so i had to tie the collar that little bit tighter or it could have been worse
post #5 of 20
All my kitties and momma cat were spayed/neutered 2 weeks ago and all wore e-collars for 10 days.

I would leave it on, the cat will adjust in no time. Though I did take them off so they could groom after eating just make sure they don't linger at the operation site too long.

Sorry I can't help on the bathing question, both my boys came back clean.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
How long did it take for them to adjust? Right now when he walks he looks like he is marching!
post #7 of 20
Bijou didn't wear a collar. Bijou also did not have stitches or glue. The vet just basically pulled the skin together and said it would heal itself.

He said to just watch that Bijou did not lick himself in that area MORE THAN NORMAL. He healed just fine.

BUT, like someone else here said, it depends on how the vets where you live do things. I would probably take my vet's advice and as someone else said, he'll get used to it.

If it's really troubling you, call your vet and ask him how long kitty must wear the collar.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by yangdemei
How long did it take for them to adjust? Right now when he walks he looks like he is marching!
It only took my cats a day or two to get used to it. They walked backwards off and on for the first couple of hours

Heres Sophie feeling all sorry for herself

post #9 of 20
I just had Bob neutered last week...he is 6-months old too. I also had his sister Allie spayed at the same time...she stayed overnight. Within hours of being home, Bob was completely back to being "Bob"...normal behavior, eating, jumping, etc. His rear-area seemed a bit swollen but by the next morning it looked completely normal.

I wasn't offered one of those "e-collars" for Bob...never heard of that either with a neuter/male. It was offered for my female, Allie, but I declined. Thank goodness, both Bob & Allie had a very speedy recovery.

How long has it been since your little boy is home from the vet.? The "marching" may be due to him being swollen.
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well, my vet is an American and went to Ohio State. However, it is a very expensive Cardiac Hospital, and I have been told they go full out on the rule book. (Which was why I went there instead of a local vet.) I just spoke to a local friend that does stray rescues here and he said that they have never been given collars OR antibiotics. We got both.

I'm waying up the pros and cons as the poor guy is so unhappy with the collar. He won't even look at me after he was so happy to come home.

He's been home for about 3 hours and had the op about 1o hours ago.
post #11 of 20
When my female cat was spayed, she had to wear one for 3 days, because she kept trying to pull out the stiches. My male cat did not need to wear one. The vet told me that I only needed to put one on him if he is contstantly licking or biting at the wound. He said the occasional licking would not hurt it, only if it was all the time. My boy only licked it after going to the bathroom. So I would take off the e-collar and watch your cat. If he doesn't lick or bite it too much then he will be fine with out it, just keep and eye on him. My cat was neutered 2 weeks ago, he is 5 months and it is completely healed without him wearing an e-collar, It was actually healed after 1 week.
post #12 of 20
He's been home for about 3 hours and had the op about 1o hours ago.

Your little boy has only been home for a few hours...why don't you give him a full 24-hours to recooperate. If he is still "marching" or uncomfortable, maybe a call to the vet. would be in order just to make sure everything is healing properly.
post #13 of 20
Keep the e-collar on him!!!! If he doesn't wear it he may rip out the stiches and be in a ton of un nesscary pain and you'd have to go back and get it stapled closed, and that really sucks. He may not like it but it's for his own and your own good. I wouldn't risk it. They make kitty wet wipes to bath him with, they work pretty well and take less then a minute, generally. DON'T TAKE THE E-COLLAR OFF!!!
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by MRod1
When my female cat was spayed, she had to wear one for 3 days, because she kept trying to pull out the stiches. My male cat did not need to wear one. The vet told me that I only needed to put one on him if he is contstantly licking or biting at the wound. He said the occasional licking would not hurt it, only if it was all the time. My boy only licked it after going to the bathroom. So I would take off the e-collar and watch your cat. If he doesn't lick or bite it too much then he will be fine with out it, just keep and eye on him. My cat was neutered 2 weeks ago, he is 5 months and it is completely healed without him wearing an e-collar, It was actually healed after 1 week.
My experience exactly with Bijou. I also agree with trying him without the collar and see what happens. You can always put it back on.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone!

I've left the e collar on for now, as I am one of those people that has to follow the doctor's direcions!

I realized after I posted that the vet had trimmed Mitts' nails VERY short. He's not used to that and always has problems figuring how to get to the high places he wants to be as we keep his nails much longer.

He's doing well today, eating going to the sandbox, etc.

And his poor little "huevos" (we call them that as he doesn't speak Spanish and doesn't know what we're talking about. ) look AOK!

What a worry wart I am!
post #16 of 20
Pleased to hear he's keeping it on and that his little "huevos" are ok
post #17 of 20
I have never heard of male cats having to have a collar, but my neighbours had their male cat neutered a few months ago, and a few days later he had pulled on it, and made it worse so had to have a collar on for 10 days, so i would do, even if it is only for a couple of days. Wouldn't keep it on longer than 10 days though (that is how long females need theirs on for), and I like to give mine about an hour a day (excluding meal times) without it on for cleaning and stuff.
post #18 of 20
I have assisted in many spay and neuters male cats do not have stitches or staples. And i have never heard of putting a E-Collar on a male, we never did it for the females either.
The vet I work for went to Ohio state
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for your help. Just wanted to let you all know we caved and took the dang collar off him about 2 hours after my last post!

We had a day off work so we watched him like a hawk. He spent a good 30 minutes grooming, but not focusing on the "huevos" area. Then he ran around like an idiot, which made me feel much better as that is his normal behavior.

He's totally back to normal now, and I am happy we didn't leave the collar on for the whole time!

And Straykat, go OSU!
post #20 of 20
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Then he ran around like an idiot, which made me feel much better as that is his normal behavior.
Yup..that's what my cat did after his neuter...amazing how restoration of braincells is not part of the neutering procedure.

Katie
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