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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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What should I do? Stitches came out.

I have tried keeping an eye on her after the surgery which took place on Tuesday morning. She seemed to be doing fine but just now I saw the surgery site is parting and I can tell there's a hole.
I won't have money until December 1st, which is also when her follow-up at the vet is supposed to take place. I am really scared, I don't know what to do or what might happen when I'm at school tomorrow. I don't know if I should try to cover the site or something.
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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 07:19 PM
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Have you considered putting an e-collar on her? Or a shirt to cover the site?

If you ring your vet they might be willing to see her just to check, I mean, if you've been to the same vet for a while perhaps they can make an exception IOU.
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post #3 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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I tried making an e-collar but I only had thick cardboard which wouldn't bend and I got some lovely scratches while trying.
I also tried a bandana but that just added to my scratches. I can try with a shirt, just not sure how she'll take it now since it's been a few days. She was of course sensitive right after the surgery but she seems to be okay right now so I'll try the shirt.
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Sorry you're not nearby. I have a collar you could borrow. They (cats, females in particular) really do need to wear the things after surgery, they love to work those stitches out the moment they begin to itch.
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If the incision is opening up and there a hole, you need to get back to the vet immediately. It makes the surgery site much more susceptible to infection. And if it tears significantly a lot of other complications.


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I'll call them tomorrow when they open, I just am not able to skip any more classes this semester and I will not have a ride so it will take longer to get home and also to get her over to the vet, also a less comfortable ride for her.
As she is only six months and the vets in my area don't do payments I don't have any options but to borrow from a friend if this costs more than $45 which is seriously all I have left until December 1st. The regular exam I know costs that much so I might be out-of-luck and have to do something I hate doing.
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Sounds like you need to come up with a plan for creating an emergency vet fund. I can guarantee this will not be the last time that something happens that requires immediate vet attention.


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post #8 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-23-2015, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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That is my plan - on top of figuring out how to heal faster from the scratches and bites. I watched videos of people putting shirts on their cats for this purpose and there is no way I can keep this shirt on her. I'm trying a piece of a legging that I cut up - she's a small cat and the shirts are too big - but this is really difficult when the cat doesn't understand.
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post #9 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-23-2015, 12:47 AM
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A sock. Cut the foot off and figure out where to cut the leg holes. I saw a post one time about doing that. Worth a try.
After a surgery the vet should do a follow up as part of the price of the surgery.

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SnowyOwl, I would call your vet first thing in the morning. Let them know what's happened and ask if they have any suggestions about what you can do since you won't have money to bring her in until Dec. 1. You might be surprised - they might agree to do a recheck without charging you (though of course if a procedure is needed you'd need to pay). I can bring my kitty to the vet for rechecks at any time after she's had something done, and they never charge me. They may also have a collar that they can give you.

Does anyone know if the spray "bandage" stuff would work in this case?
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