Hi everyone â€“ I just wanted to let you know whatâ€™s going on with Shorty and Little Pete. They were neutered on Monday morning and were brought back home on Monday night. The vet said NOT to put anything on the area (no Neosporin, bitter apple spray, etc.). She recommended we keep the Elizabethan collars on for TEN days, not only to stop them from licking the area, but also to impede their movement so they wonâ€™t jump around like they usually do... they are VERY frisky and playful normally.
The past 48 hours have been horrible! The first day with them on they walked around backwards trying to â€˜back outâ€™ of the collars. It was so painful to watch
. They have since figured out how to eat and drink with the collars and I try and give them some collar-free time for bathing themselves whenever I can. The biggest problem is that Shorty has soft stool (the vet said they may have upset stomachs for a bit due to the medication). When Shorty goes to the bathroom he finds it hard to â€˜clean upâ€™ after himself and ends up getting his poo on his feet and collar. Iâ€™ve been home with them these past 48 hours and so whenever they look as if they are headed to the litter box I promptly remove the collars. My BIG DILEMA is tomorrow. I cannot stay home from work another day, nor can my boyfriend. Iâ€™m worried that if I leave the collars on the boys wonâ€™t be able to manage without anyoneâ€™s help and Iâ€™ll come home to very depressed
(and dirty) kittens. I canâ€™t have anyone come over to stay with them because they are pretty shy and having a stranger will just add to their stress. I am VERY tempted to remove the collars tomorrow. They seem to be healing well.. itâ€™s a bit hard to tell, but I do not see any inflammation or infection, nor are the boys trying to get at the area. Iâ€™m afraid to go against the vetâ€™s wishes, but so many people here have said they never used the collars at all. Any opinions would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!