, you *can
* remove the e-collar for short amounts of time *with constant supervision
* to allow her to eat/drink and litterbox. As soon as you see her beginning to 'worry' at her paw, tell her no, gently distract her or use your hand to block her tongue or lift her head.
, there ARE alternatives to those stiff plastic e-collars. They are made out of foam and/or fabric. I've made several for my own cats and for rescues. The quilted fabric with batting is just stiff enough to hold its' shape and when the kitty nose reaches forward to lick their wound, the collar moves forward too and blocks their muzzle from reaching their wound. The collars I made could be worn 'up' and around the head like a cone, or 'down' like a shawl over the shoulders. With a leg wound, it could be worn like a 'bib', with the opening at the back of the neck.
, I would do a google-search for soft or fabric E-Collars and have one rush-shipped to you to use for your kitty until she has her surgery and after her surgery during recovery.
Comfycone: http://www.funstufffordogs.com/Qstore/Q ... ve+-+Small
OMG! I found ME in a Google-search!
http://forums.horsecity.com/index.php?s ... c=47023794
Many of today's E-Collars are made of very hard plastic. You can be certain your pet will not be able to reach his stitches or hot spot, when he is wearing this cumbersome device. For that matter, he will not be able to do much of anything else. The archaic design of the plastic cone collar impedes your pet's vision, it causes them to bump into things, they may trip while attempting to go up stairs, it will also deter them from eating or drinking and they will not be able to lie down comfortably. Not only will your pets get stressed out wearing one of these products, often we hear that pet parents are equally stressed out by seeing their pets struggle during their recovery period.
With the plastic cone, my foster kitty was scaring herself when the cone bumped into things (like trying to go under the bed), knocked over the food/water dishes and was afraid to move. I took off her plastic cone and made one out of quilt fabric scraps. She was much more comfortable in it. It was soft, it bent/gave, she could comfortably sleep in it and worn either up or down, it prevented her muzzle from being able to reach her spay site because no matter how she moved her muzzle, the fabric collar always moved forward with her neck and kept the edge of the 'cone' just past her muzzle.
Best of luck to you and your kitty!
Here is my foster kitty Mischy wearing the e-collar in the 'up' position.
Here she is wearing it 'down'.
This is the one I made better (more loops to adjust neck-size
) changes to: