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You're very lucky she had open-cervix pyometra because the vaginal discharge alerted you in time before the uterus ruptured.

Thanks Interesting information. She had started with what appeared to be a normal estrus. Except there was a bloody discharge.
The danger didn't end with the spay. She's also at very high risk of developing mammary cancer. .. So, you better check her breasts very frequently.

OK. She gets her belly rubs frequently, and I know where all her breasts are. They normally enlarge a bit during estrus. What should I look for as a bad sign?
She was also extremely uncomfortable.

I honestly don't think she ever was. I am very in tune with her, and I know when there is something amiss.
Bob
I just took these with my cell phone. Does that cone look too big or not??

http://picasaweb.google.com/richard.robert/TaniaCone #

Bob
She has this clear plastic cone collar on so she can't get to her stitches. The problem is that she ... can't reach the water. I put some small cups, cups smaller than the opening in her collar, filled with water.

I think that is the correct idea. Elevate food and water bowls a bit so she can get to the food and water before the cone hits the ground. I looked at the pictures of the cone and the cone does not look too big. I think elevating water and food bowls three maybe four inches should work. It might take a bit of training lifting the cup/bowl to her mouth. But I think she should adapt quickly with or without that. It might be possible for the vet to put vet wrap or a bandage over the sutures to keep her from licking the area. In any case if she does not eat or drink today the vet needs to be called for advice. Perhaps taking the collar off for short periods to eat/drink will work.
Now, if I can figure out how this poor cat is going to eat and drink with this cone over her head,

Get a small or extra small inflatable ProCollar - about $15. Its an inflatable donut instead of a cone and gives her head and neck more mobility than a cone but still restricts her from biting herself. Raise her food and water bowls a few inches- about the width of the donut. Place the bowls on the edge of whatever you're using to raise them. You'll know how to position the bowls by how far she can bend her neck. ProCollars work great - I use them all the time.
Here's what it looks like: http://tinyurl.com/6jmrhf
Round, smooth and encapsulated lumps or an irregular mass spreading into adjacent tissues. If she develops a lump- regardless how small- get her to a vet immediately if not sooner. 80-90% are malignant.
She was also extremely uncomfortable.

I honestly don't think she ever was.

She was. Trust me.
Suddenly, without warning, Seafire exclaimed (12/27/2009 3:28 AM):
She was also extremely uncomfortable.

I honestly don't think she ever was. I am very in tune with her, and I know when there is something amiss. Bob

Cats hide very well that they are sick - often until it was too late.

My neighbor's old dog got pyometria, and they wouldn't take her to the vet because - get this! - she might be too sick and put her to sleep! The poor dog was whining and howling nearly constantly. She was obviously in pain.
I had a talk with the owner - non accusatory, very cordial, though I really wanted to slap her - and they took her to the vet that day (please note, she didn't have a discharge yet but was already in a lot of pain). Lo and behold, the vet didn't put her to sleep, and she survived. I don't remember if they gave her a hysterectomy or not.

I hope your cat is feeling better soon. As I suggested earlier, a clear collar might work better for her than the usual opaque ones from the vet.

jmc
Suddenly, without warning, cl exclaimed (12/27/2009 4:25 AM):
She has this clear plastic cone collar on so she ... smaller than the opening in her collar, filled with water.

I think that is the correct idea. Elevate food and water bowls a bit so she can get to the ... the vet needs to be called for advice. Perhaps taking the collar off for short periods to eat/drink will work.

Oh, sorry, I missed the clear bit. Definitely, what cl said. As for vet wrap, some cats leave it alone... mine had the cone because she wouldn't.

The only thing in looking at the picture of the cone she has - does it flex at all? It almost looks solid.
jmc
Hi All: I am concerened about her not seemingly being able to eat and drink with this thing on. She has to wear this for 14 days, then return to the hospital to have the stitches removed. Any ideas??? TIA Bob

I'm clueless as to why they put a collar on her for 14 days?!?!?!?! I just had Zephyr spayed and they used internal sutures and skin glue. There were no sutures for her to pull out. Your kitty needs nourishment. Perhaps take the collar off so she can eat and drink - then put it back on.
Get a small or extra small inflatable ProCollar - about $15.

Went to Petco, and bought the "small" Pro Collar as the extra small looked way too small. It was $28.00 here in NY
It took a bit of struggle getting it on her, having to first feed her every day collar through the hoops, and then fasten it to fighting Tania. Not too much of my blood was spilled I suspect because I administered her pain meds just before I did it, and they tend to calm her down.

She is much happier, can negotiate the stairs, and even got up onto her slumber ball in the Pilot House.
http://picasaweb.google.com/richard.robert/TaniaCone#5419964702839340770

Doesn't that look more comfortable???
You'll know how to position the bowls by how far she can bend her neck.

Well, she can now reach her bowls which I elevated to the height of the doughnut thickness. She doesn't seem interested in either food or water. Worrying! The cone is no longer an excuse. She is much more active today. Yesterday she could not jump to the sofa, and was wobbly on her feet, today she went all the way up to her perch. I also got a good look at her stitches, they look fine, not as bad as I had imagined.

THANKS!! That Pro Collar is much better. Wonder why they don't offer that as an option at the hospital? I mean, that place is not cheap. $2300.00 + the take home meds, and you get a plastic cone.
Bob

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