The need for blankets
The bandage has a protective function. The use of a postoperative blanket for cats prevents the ingress of dirt, moisture, bacteria, fungi. It is also common for cats to lick their wounds, but in this situation it can only be harmful. In the process, the animal can infect and even spill the seam. Subsequently, repeated surgery may be necessary. It is important to check with your doctor if there is a need for a bandage, because with some suturing techniques, it can, on the contrary, be harmful. The bandage is usually put on immediately after surgery. The doctor will tell you when you can remove the blanket from the cat after sterilization.
There is also a hygienic bandage and a rain bandage. In the first case, it is used for hygiene purposes in short-haired animals during periods of sweating. In the second case, for walking on the street, in order to protect the animal from wind, dust, rain.
When buying, it is better to stop at a lighter color of the fabric. This way you can easily tell if it’s time to change the bandage.
We recommend that you immediately purchase a replacement version. When choosing, carefully examine the stitching of the product: there should be no protruding threads. Even the smallest thread, if caught in a seam, can cause festering. The ties are wide and firmly stitched. The kit should contain instructions on how to properly tie a blanket on a cat.
In the case of non-standard body proportions or in order to save money, you can easily sew a blanket for a cat with your own hands.
We sew a blanket ourselves
In this case, light natural cotton fabrics are suitable. Such material is good for air permeability and is quite durable. And a light color will always show the presence of dirt.
Next, you need to make a pattern on paper and transfer it to the fabric. It will be easier to use a pattern layout and change the measurements to your own. Leave 1 cm of margin for sewing.
It is advisable to do a double bandage for the cat after surgery. To do this, fold the fabric with the wrong side out. In the process of sewing, leave a small area through which you will then turn the product inside out and stitch it.
If you cannot finish the edges, you can tuck them twice. Allow for a moment so that the fabric does not fray and the threads do not stick out. Thread penetration into the seam is dangerous with suppuration. You can take the braid, process the edges with it and leave a stock for the strings.
Next, we sew the strings, but it is better to stitch them. Take the material with a margin, strong and wide, so it will not crush the pet. The blanket for cats should fit perfectly to the body. We recommend making a replacement version immediately.
The main advantage of such a postoperative bandage for a cat is reliability, because it is sewn according to individual measurements.
How to tie a blanket for a cat?
A blanket for a cat is a postoperative dressing or, in other words, a bandage. It is used for both cats and cats, after abdominal cavity operations. The most common is feline neutering.
How to tie a blanket for a cat
To do this, unfold the bandage and place the animal on top. Then tie the ribbons one at a time. The first (1) are tied around the neck. Pairs (2) and (3) are tied crosswise over the shoulder blades. Pairs (4) and (5) are simply tied at the top. The last pairs (6) and (7) are tied into one knot crosswise around the pelvis.
Make sure that the blanket is not too long. The pet should go to the toilet without hindrance, and the bandage should remain dry. Otherwise, shorten it.
The cat, being in a blanket, should feel comfortable. The ties should not be tightly tightened, restrict movement, rub paws. In this case, the bandage should sit tightly without folds so that the animal does not pull it off and does not slip.
In the case when you need to process a seam, place the pet on its hind legs and untie only the lower ribbons. Monitor the condition of the cat band after sterilization: it must always be clean and ironed (ideally with steam).
On the Internet, you can find videos on how to make a blanket for a cat from socks or tights. In this case, it will be difficult to process the edges and put on the product. The animal should not press on the stomach and subject to excessive physical exertion, so that the seam does not come apart. In the case of well-fed animals, such a device will unnecessarily constrict and can disrupt blood circulation. In this case, it is better not to save money, especially since it is not expensive.
On how to sew or how to put on a blanket for a cat, we suggest watching the video.
Cat Spay Surgery | A walkthrough of the surgical procedure
Bleeding from postoperative stitches should not be allowed. than 2 drops of blood per day cannot be released from the seam; this should not be confused with the ichor, which looks like blood diluted in water.
Bleeding from postoperative stitches should not be allowed
The condition of the seam may be with redness, blood stains (small bruises), the skin itself may be swollen. There is nothing wrong with that, these are the consequences after surgery.
On a note! You can look at the condition of the seam no earlier than 5 days after the operation, if the skin around the seam is wet, the seams and the skin around are treated with antibacterial ointments.
How to properly hold a cat?
And although cats are considered those animals that have become domesticated for a long time, they still have quite a lot of wild habits. One of these is independence and independence, as many cats almost never allow themselves to be picked up. But their owners, on the contrary, want to take their pets in their arms as often as possible, carry them in their arms. And that is why the question arises of how to properly hold a cat in your arms, so that both her and her owner are comfortable and comfortable.
First of all, you must always remember that no matter how much the owner of this animal does not want to cuddle him, in no case should you squeeze the cat too much, otherwise the next time she may not allow herself to be pulled into her arms. Also, if the cat starts to break free and wants to get off its hands, you can not try to forcibly hold it.
If we talk directly about how to hold a cat, then, firstly, you need to take the animal carefully and slowly. Secondly, it is best to take the animal under the belly with one hand, and gently hold it behind the back with the other. When the cat is already in the arms, it can be held in two positions:
Lying. To do this, the owner of the animal, as it were, supports the cat with one hand under the belly, and the other on the side. If the cat is trying to get off the hands, then it can be taken in a different way.
Half-standing. In order to hold the cat in your arms in this position, you need to put this animal on your chest. In this case, it is necessary to hold it with one hand from below, for example, in the area of the tail, and with the other hand, at the same time, slowly and affectionately stroke the cat. In most cases, it is in the second position that cats feel most comfortable and comfortable.
If we talk about how to properly hold a cat, then there is simply no definite answer to this question. It all depends only on whether
Appetite after surgery
Appetite appears 2 days after sterilization. If it is absent for more than 3 days, it is necessary to urgently consult a veterinarian. It should also be done if the cat goes to the toilet too often or does not walk at all. After 5 days, the cat’s condition should return to normal.
How to care for a cat after spaying?
How to care for a cat after spaying? The veterinarian must give advice on caring for the animal during the rehabilitation period.
Such an operation can take place not only in a veterinary clinic, but also at home. The conditions for its implementation are absolutely the same. The purpose of sterilization is to remove the ovaries, eliminate all kinds of side effects after surgery, significantly reduce pain in the cat, as well as organize comfortable conditions after surgery for the animal and its owner.
After the operation, you will have a choice to leave the cat in a special hospital under the supervision of a veterinarian or take the pet home and observe the animal on your own. Either option has advantages and disadvantages.
You will not have to give your cat injections, inject medications, process postoperative stitches on your own.
The cat may be under stress from being in other conditions and in the vicinity of other pets.
It is worth making sure that the animal will be kept in acceptable temperature conditions (no drafts and stuffiness), inquire about the feeding conditions, if necessary, talk about individual characteristics and possible allergies.
Cost. This is a fairly expensive service, the price depends on the time spent in the hospital, as well as on the class of content.
The temperature of the animal should be monitored while caring for the cat after sterilization. The first 5 days in a cat, the temperature may rise above 39 ° C. this does not mean the manifestation of infection. It is caused by tissue tearing and varies according to the body’s resistance.
The first 5 days in a cat, the temperature may rise above 39 ° C
You can watch a video on how to take care of a cat after sterilization on our website.
How does a cat behave after spaying??
Hello. I work as a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic. I can say that each animal undergoes such operations individually, but in most cases, animals become calm, phlegmatic. Animals can recover, in order to avoid this, it is better to follow a diet after sterilization. There are special foods for sterilized cats and neutered cats. The fact that they do not walk after the operation, or walk sideways, or backwards, is okay. it is uncomfortable for them to walk in a blanket. They may not go to the toilet for a few days. They begin to eat, as a rule, immediately after they move away from anesthesia. They completely recover from anesthesia within 24 hours. It is not necessary to drink and feed them by force, they themselves begin to eat when they want. Just put food and water in the usual place.
Recently, the cat was sterilized, the first day almost did not move. What kind of operation will be performed, they said it depends on the age. On the second day she walked sideways, everything hurt her. Then they began to make painkillers and antibiotics. you can safely pick up, shift, play a little. papon embarrasses. Appetite is normal, only the stool after antibiotics is liquid, until the intestines are restored.
After sterilization, our cat was worried, offended by the hostess. I sat in the corner separately. After a couple of weeks she left, but she was no longer so playful. The distance between her and the hostess was felt, the insult remained to be seen.
he sleeps on our sofa, at night he often lies on me. at first I could not even sleep normally. I did not want to disturb after the operation. 5 years ago
The cat underwent the operation in a rather neutral way, nothing changed in his behavior and feelings towards people, but the cats became less affectionate, they stopped walking on their own, one in general became very fearful, but we get along quite well. I respect their desire to be with myself.
Return to home
You can take the animal home and take care of the cat yourself after spaying. She will still be under anesthesia, or will already move away from it. If the cat is aggressive, then it is better to use a postoperative collar, because this way the animal loses the opportunity to bite when processing sutures. Also, in case of aggression, you should cut the claws of the cat yourself or ask the veterinarian to do it.
Before taking the cat home, you should ask your doctor if pain-relieving injections were given, if not, then you should introduce an anesthetic. It is necessary to make sure that bleeding does not open from the seams, for this you need to wait in the doctor’s office for another 30 minutes.
It is not advisable to take a cat, which is still under anesthesia, in your arms
You need to get home as quickly as possible. In advance, you should take care of the presence of a heating pad in the carrying, if necessary. The carrier should be spacious so that nothing creates obstacles to move freely, and in a spacious carrier it is easier to observe the cat on the way home. It is not advisable to take the cat, which is still under anesthesia, in your arms. Cases have been recorded when a cat that has not completely recovered from the anesthesia breaks free and runs away from the owner.
In a personal car, a cat must also be carefully monitored, because its uncontrolled movement around the cabin can lead to an accident.
In a carrying bag, it will be more convenient for the cat to lie on one side, while air should flow easily to the respiratory tract. This situation will make it possible to move away vomit without complications in the event of their appearance.
Be sure to check the condition of the stitches after the operation.
If the animal has not yet recovered from the anesthesia at home, it should be placed on a soft surface in a warm room, if necessary, covered with a light blanket or a heating pad should be placed next to it. In a room with a cat under anesthesia, there should be no drafts and heating devices, they can only harm, because a sleeping animal cannot change its location. If the clinic has not given anesthesia, then it must be done before the cat wakes up. Oral medications can only be given after the cat is able to swallow freely. It is also imperative to check the condition of the seams, whether bleeding has opened. Only slight bleeding is acceptable. The ichor may stand out. this is also permissible in caring for a cat after sterilization.
Attention! After the operation (this is approximately 1-3 hours), the cat gradually begins to move away from the anesthesia and move around awkwardly. At this point, it is especially important to keep an eye on your pet.
Sometimes anesthesia has a bad effect on the animal, after the operation, excitement and anxiety appear. The cat begins to run excitedly around the room, not seeing objects and bumping into them. This is normal when coming out of anesthesia. You should not run after the cat and try to calm her down, you just need to give the animal a quiet, calm room. Arousal tends to pass quickly.
When the pet comes to its normal state, it will try to remove the blanket or collar by any means. Accessories must not be removed until the stitches have healed. The cat will get used to them in 2 days.
Normal state and coordination will return in 4-12 hours, depending on the individual characteristics of the organism.
Follow a specific diet after sterilization
Important! You need to feed the cat strictly according to the recommendations of the operating doctor, you may have to put the animal on a diet.
How to put on a postoperative blanket (bandage) for a cat
Now let’s talk about how to put on a postoperative blanket on a cat. If the animal is under anesthesia, you can put it on without difficulty. If the cat resists, ask your pets for help. The proposed diagram shows how to place the blanket on the cat’s body, and in what sequence to tie the laces. If you notice any stiffness in your cat’s movements, just loosen the straps you need slightly. If you feel insecure, practice putting on a blanket on a stuffed animal first.
The upper strings (1) are tied around the neck, the next two pairs of strings (2 and 3) are tied crosswise around the withers of the cat. The next two pairs (4,5) are simply tied on the back. And the last two pairs of strings (6 and 7) are criss-cross around the croup of the animal.
The part of the cat’s body under the tail should be open to access the toilet, while the bandage should not get wet from urine. If it gets wet, shorten it, or tuck the bottom of the blanket, perhaps it turned out to be too long for you.
If your cat needs to put a gauze pad on the scar, or if the scar requires regular cleaning, it is enough to untie only two pairs of lower ties (6 and 7) to gain access to the scar.
If the blanket is worn correctly, it should not hinder the movements of the cat, should not get wet while using the toilet, should not slip or stray. The ties must be long enough to adjust the blanket to the size of the animal.
If you have removed the washing and drying bandage, make sure that the cat does not lick the wound. In this case, it is better to have one more blanket in stock.
The cat is hiding
What is sterilization
How to tie a cat with a bandage after sterilization
Therefore, if your cat had a chance to undergo surgery, then for the speedy healing of the scar, it is better to purchase a bandage (postoperative blanket). Unfortunately, it may happen that the blanket will not be on sale, as well as the time to look for it in all veterinary pharmacies of the city. Therefore, I propose a simple pattern for a postoperative bandage for cats, according to which the bandage can be sewn independently. The pattern consists of one piece, to which the tie system is attached.
How to sew a postoperative blanket (bandage) for a cat
There are several sewing options of varying degrees of complexity. First you need to determine the size of the pattern. This is done in the following way. Measure the circumference of your cat’s body in the abdomen in centimeters, divide the resulting number by the width of the proposed pattern, also in centimeters. You will receive a certain coefficient, approximately as many times as you will need to increase the proposed pattern.
The pattern can be enlarged manually, or in a special computer program, for example, Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Print it out on a printer, most likely, it will fit on several sheets, so you will have to cut and glue parts of the pattern. You can use the measurements indicated, but remember that they are approximate. Probably needs to be adjusted to fit your cat’s size.
You will need a cotton fabric, thick if you are going to sew a blanket in one layer, or thin if you will be sewing a two-layer bandage. For strings, ready-made laces or ordinary shoe laces are suitable. The cloth for the blanket should be soft so as not to rub the cat’s injured parts of the body. The bandage can be sewn in duplicate, in order to replace one with the other if necessary.
We cut out two details of the blanket according to the pattern (the top layer and the lining), adding a seam allowance of about 1 cm, fold the parts inside out, put strings in the marked places. Having stepped back 1 cm from the edge, we sew a seam on the sewing machine, leaving an unstitched section through which we turn the blanket out. We cover the hole, after which the blanket can be ironed with an iron.
DIY: How To Make alternative to e-collar for cats after spay surgery
In the photo you can see a bandage made of dense flannel fabric, sewn in one layer. At the same time, the edges of the fabric are processed with braid, which at the same time functions as strings. The individual edges of the blanket are simply folded over and stitched.
Well, the easiest option for those who do not know how to sew. A dense, non-flowing fabric is taken (flannel or a bike is suitable), a blanket is cut out in one layer, and strings are manually sewn in the right places.
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My friend’s cat also had an operation. Such a bandage would be very useful to her. I will definitely tell her.
Ours also underwent surgery and tied a blanket in the clinic. And then we had problems when we had to lubricate the seam every day. there was suppuration. After all, no one suggested that only the lower strings could be untied. I remember how we were worn out!
AAAA! Thanks for the pattern and detailed description of the bandage, I cut it out of the flannel in 5 minutes, sewed the laces. everything is fine. I think 10 days will do fine. If not for the scheme, I would have put on this blanket exactly backwards! but I did not print it, I just measured the cat and drew the pattern myself, according to the scheme, where the excess was, I trimmed it later. Like nothing, walking
And we give our pills. Maybe harmful. But before they didn’t take me to sterilization, but now, they told me, it’s too late. The cat is 4 years old. How it turns out, we are doing it on the sly and so.
And the truth is, it is harmful to sterilize now, it is dangerous?
Recently, a woman wrote that her cat died after spaying, but she was 8.5 years old. Probably could not bear the anesthesia. If you do not sterilize, all kinds of diseases, uterine tumors can develop, then you still have to sterilize. That is, anesthesia and surgery are all the same. Hormone pills can also cause many complications. At 4 years old, the cat is not yet old, on the contrary, in its prime.
you have been told nonsense. 4 years is the prime. And we sterilized it with a gentle method, no blankets and seams. Dr. Potapochkina is just a star! And no harmful pills, and no onco-tumors from them later.
my cat is 8 years old, she suffered for two days and survived
some cats survive 14.18 years
better sterilize the oto it will turn out just like my Pusi pyometra will have purulent
4 is not much. The pills are more dangerous. We also gave ours now she has cancerous tumors (
Svetlana, we sterilized our cat at the age of 9, if you live in the city, then you have decent veterinary clinics, they do everything there, I also worried about what and how, but everything worked out, now she is already 12 years old. calm and healthy. Otherwise, you will then worry more about the fact that it will hurt, because these pills are actually very harmful and entail oncology! Ours was already old, but deteriorated, began to mark everywhere, to be mischievous to shit as if out of spite and it was useless to punish, then it goes off into shoes, then into a stroller, then onto a chair, we were tortured with it, so they did the operation. And everything became fine, she walks to her pot, sleeps and does not remember that once she was like this.
Svetlana. 4 years old this is a very young animal! The average age of cats is 12 years old, so you have her in the first trimester. I also stuffed my cat with pills all the time, and when she was 12 I moved to another country. And at the very first examination, the doctor told me that I needed to sterilize, or at least don’t give pills, because the abundant amount of hormones in them developed ovarian cancer in her and therefore she often had periods of “crying for the boys.” I already thought, well, at least I lived in happiness as a kitty, but no! The doctor said that it was worth sterilizing and then the thoughts are black.
The kitty is 19 years old. He still walks around the house (not a private one, but an apartment one!), Chases cats, guards the territory.
And because of the pills, she had cancer everywhere in her reproductive organs, so you stop! And in general, in all developed countries, pills are prohibited!
I hope that our cats will not need such a bandage, but thank you very much for the pattern. You never know what.
Our cat is already 6 years old. Everything was pulled with sterilization and given drops. So she had a “walk” every 2 weeks. I called the veterinarian, they said that it was not necessary to sterilize, but to remove female organs, because. can lead to cancer. So often cats do not “walk”. In our case, this is already a disease. Thank you for the pattern of the bandage!
in fact, sterilization is a complete removal. It should be done right away as soon as the estrus begins in a young cat. Minimal incision and minimal anesthesia, no blankets needed. Search the internet for gentle laparoscopic sterilization for cats.
Our cat is 6 years old. did not sterilize. At first, they simply endured her “walks” recently began to give pills, after several months of using the pills, the cat stopped eating, began to vomit, stopped going to the toilet. They took me to the vet. said inflammation of the uterus. because of these very pills! Said you shouldn’t give them at all. as a result, the removal of the uterus. He said we were still lucky, the inflammation is not strong and there is almost no pus. others come so pus almost spills out figuratively speaking. So you better go for sterilization! It’s never too late!
My kitty is 9 months old. Today she was sterilized, she is recovering from anesthesia. About drops and pills, I also heard that can lead to the development of cancer. In the first “walk” she gave drops, after 2-3 weeks there was a second “walk”, did without drops, but barely waited until all this was over. Today I also suffered a lot when I put on a bandage. Thanks for the scheme, with its help I tied it. (I couldn’t figure it out) Sterilized in Berezniki “Blue Cross” I am very happy.
Because of the drops and pills, the mammary gland tumor was removed from the cat the other day. Without this scheme, I would not have been able to put on a blanket. We will sterilize the second cat by the endoscopic method, in Kazan they make a “sun” in the clinic. There is only a puncture and no postoperative care.
I am a vet doctor, I live in Toronto. 95% of local cat / cat owners prefer to neuter (for a cat) and neuter (for a cat) their pets. My opinion: there is absolutely no need for this postoperative bandage. Rather, even negative, since the seam will be under the tissue completely without oxygen, which can complicate the much-needed drying out and cause a bacterial infection, as well as a feeling of discomfort and pain when a fresh seam comes into contact with this bandage. Possible bloody or bloody discharge remaining on the tissue also does not contribute to keeping the wound clean.
In my practice, suture complications after surgery are rare, eliminated by a 7-day course of antibiotics. Ointments on the seam for healing are not used. Cat skin is easy to self-heal. To prevent a possible infection caused by cat saliva during the washing of the abdomen by a cat, as a rule, for the next 5-7 days after the operation, it is recommended to put a plastic or tissue cone on the cat, which will not allow her to lick herself and will allow the fresh scar to heal. They quickly get used to the cone and live normally 5-7 days wearing it constantly. Do not forget the main thing, bowls for water and food should be smaller in diameter than the diameter of the cone. That’s it!!
If you nevertheless decide to sew this bandage, I would recommend replacing the ties with Velcro (like on a tanometer or on jackets), in my opinion it will be easier to put on / take off.
Thanks for the info. What is the preferred sterilization method in Toronto? Among our veterinarians, there is an opinion that it is necessary to remove not only the ovaries, but also the uterus, in order to avoid possible hormonal disruptions in the future. And it is precisely the abdominal operation that is needed, when the doctor sees what he is doing.
Elena, thanks for your site! I hope the information posted on it helps both the owners and future owners of everyday life informatively savvy and provide everything necessary for the health and happiness of their darlings and favorites. Good luck to you!
With regards to sterilization, in Canada and the USA, complete removal of the reproductive organs is performed: both the ovaries and the uterus. This avoids possible complications and the development of tumors in the remaining ones in case of partial sterilization. Yes, this is a real abdominal operation performed under general anesthesia. Its duration from the moment of the introduction of the sedative and the introduction of the breathing tube and falling asleep of the cat is about 20-25 minutes. If we do 8-9 am early in the morning and the same evening the cat goes home with a 4-day dose of Metacam anesthetic syrup and in a cone. Life expectancy of Canadian cats is much longer than Russian. Several patients of our hospital celebrated 20-21 years!;))
Who told you that cats live longer in Canada than in Russia? We also live for 20-25 years.
I confirm your opinion. My neutered cat has lived for 20 years. And although he went to his cat paradise more than a year and a half ago, I still remember him, a very good cat was.
Why are there so many ties? Maybe zipper, or Velcro?
All the same, the blanket is more comfortable than the collar. It seems to me. How can a cat eat, take off and put on with this collar every time? Also, make sure that the cat does not get hurt by accident, so that the dirt does not get in. And so you put on a blanket and your head does not hurt.
Soon my daughter will be performing such an operation on her cat. I will definitely recommend your article to her.
our cat was sterilized by laparoscopy. suture approx. 2 cm, sewn up with absorbable sutures, no blankets, no treatment, no pain relievers at home after surgery. Anesthesia is a minimum. The duration of the entire operation is about half an hour. We did it in the afternoon, after 3 hours the cat had already recovered from the anesthesia, and in the evening, after 8 hours, it was already eating, drinking, going to the toilet and jumping and playing.
While preparing for the operation (vaccinations, anthelmintic), we experienced 2 estrus (about once a month). It was not very pleasant. the kitty meowed plaintively almost all the time. We did not plan to breed kittens, plus, there is still a cat (male) in the house, therefore. sterilization. And then I read that with empty estrus (without subsequent pregnancy), tumors of both internal genital organs and mammary glands develop in cats. Therefore, they definitely decided. complete sterilization. After a short search, they found a veterinarian who was the only one at that time doing sterilization with a gentle method (laparoscopy). It was expensive, but high quality and for life.
The cat was then only 9 months old, i.e. still a kitten by all standards. And she remained a kitten. playful, affectionate, calm.
So I recommend to everyone an early sterilization with a gentle method.
What a good idea is to have a postoperative bandage. And dirt will clog less, and protection from impact.
Thanks a lot for the pattern. Hopefully not needed anymore. My kitty is 1.5 years old and she started walking every two weeks. It is not normal. no pills were given. They took me to the doctor, did the castration. It turned out that there is a change in the ovary. The doctor praised that they came on time. So watch out for your animals. For a cat normally two or three times a year.
My cunning cat manages to lick the seam even in such a blanket! What smelly ointments have not been smeared with her! Still gets it. Stretches out the hind leg and licks it bloody. I’m even sure that the matter is in the doctor who operated. A lot of wool has been shaved off. Three years have passed since the operation, and the flank is all bald, not overgrown due to constant licking.
My kitten is 3 months old, I recently discovered he has a hernia (so far soft and refueling). The veterinarian advised, while the kitten is small, to hold it for a month in a ring made of an elastic bandage. But this is not real, in half an hour this ring is either above the hernia, or below it. I sewed it wider of two bandages, went to work for a day, came home. the kitten was running around, I could not find the ring (apparently I took it off in some bushes). Will such a blanket go or not? I tried to sew in a reduced size, the head part is small (((
Such a blanket can hold very well if it is the size of the cat. If it does not work out, you can take a cotton fabric (not jersey) in the form of a rectangle or square, cut holes for the legs there, put on the kitten, and sew tightly along the entire length on the back. such a bandage holds well, but the pattern will have to be made empirically from various old rags. I don’t know about a hernia, I think it’s important to turn to a knowledgeable vet so that he has experience working with hernias.
Thank. Tomorrow I will have a second experience) today I made a bandage from jeans, tomorrow I will find something thinner and make it to the size of an adult cat, and then I will fit it.
I read that the hernia is removed for kittens over 4 months old, and until that time I decided to use this advice. If it doesn’t work, we’ll have to take it to the city, we are from the countryside
or I shouldn’t hope that the hernia can go away?
Blankets made from scrap materials (socks, tights, old clothes)
For the manufacture of blankets, you can use an old sock, thick tights, a sweater. This does not require sewing skills, and the whole process will take a few minutes. You don’t even have to sew on the straps. A dirty blanket made of unnecessary things is not a pity to send to the trash can and immediately build a new one.
From tights that are suitable for the width, the sleeves of the sweater are cut off a piece, the length of which corresponds to the distance from the neck to the tail of the pet, and holes for the paws are cut out. the product is ready. To make a bandage from a sock, you need to cut off the toes and, stepping back a few centimeters from the elastic, cut out the holes for the paws.
Socks are suitable for making a bandage for adolescent cats or miniature adult animals, tights and sweatshirts. for cats of medium and large sizes. Since the postoperative area needs to be kept clean, the blanket must be washed beforehand. Blankets made of nylon tights are not durable, so for active animals it is better to use things made of more durable material.
What measurements will be needed?
To sew a blanket according to the size of the animal, you need to take measurements. To do this, you need to put the cat on its paws and measure the length of the body from the base of the neck to the tail, the girth of the chest and abdomen, the distance between the front and hind limbs. The measuring tape should not overtighten the cat’s body, pass freely enough, but without gaps.
How to build a pattern?
A ready-made pattern for sewing blankets for a medium-sized cat can be easily found on the Internet (see photo). Draw a rectangle 36 by 15 cm on paper. 12 cm recede from the left edge and mark the holes for the front paws. The upper and lower right corners are cut so that a rectangular piece 10 cm high and 8 cm long remains in the middle. this part will be located in the groin area.
If a bandage of this size does not fit the cat, draw a drawing with similar outlines, but in accordance with the measurements taken. On the pattern, you need to mark the places where the ribbons will be attached. Usually 5-7 pairs of strings are made, with 2 in the front, 2-4 in the center and 1 in the back.
How much does the postoperative cat bandage cost, how to tie it correctly?
The sequence of actions for tying a bandage:
- The blanket is gently applied to the belly and chest of the cat when it is standing or lying on its side. The smaller part should be between the head and the front legs, the larger part should be pressed against the abdomen.
- The first pair of strings is fixed around the neck.
- The left ribbon of the second pair is connected to the right third, the other two are tied in pairs so that a crosshair of ribbons forms at the withers.
- The fourth and fifth pair are tied at the back.
- The remaining straps are wrapped around the animal’s thighs (they run horizontally) and fix.
The blanket should fit snugly, but not squeeze the body, not restrict the movement of the paws or interfere with the cat going to the toilet. The ribbons must be firmly fixed, otherwise the pet will be able to untie them and get rid of the bandage. Some cats are very resourceful and are able to get rid of even a well-fixed blanket, so the first days after the operation, the animal should be monitored.
How much a cat should wear a blanket when it should be taken off?
The period of wearing a blanket for a cat after sterilization is individual and ranges from 2 to 14 days. It depends on several factors:
- Type of wound treatment. In the case of using a protective spray that minimizes the risk of inflammation, the blanket is usually removed after a week.
- Seam material. External sutures from a non-absorbable suture are removed 7–12 days after sterilization. In the case of using self-absorbable materials in the absence of inflammation, the bandage is worn for only 4-5 days.
- Localization of the seam. With a lateral incision, the size of the wound is smaller than with a middle one, therefore, it takes little time for healing.
- The type of surgical intervention. During laparoscopic surgery, only small punctures are made, which are necessary for the introduction of instruments, so there is no need to apply suture materials. Since there is no risk of seam divergence, it is not necessary to wear a blanket. If it is worn, then only for 2-3 days.
- The condition of the seam. If within 5-7 days there are no signs of inflammation, the temperature and well-being of the cat are normal, the blanket is removed.
How to sew a cat blanket with your own hands?
A ready-made blanket is inexpensive, but often you have to purchase not one, but several, because they often get dirty and become unusable, and this is already costly. If you have time and desire, you can save money and make a bandage with your own hands. This is not difficult to do, and a little material is required. If the product is sewn according to the measurements taken, it will fit perfectly on the pet. This is especially true when its dimensions differ from standard ones.
How to properly tie a postoperative blanket on a cat after sterilization, can you sew it yourself??
Castration and sterilization are types of surgical intervention aimed at blocking reproductive function in cats and cats. In order for the postoperative period to pass safely, the animals are put on a special blanket. How to tie it correctly? How to sew a bandage with your own hands? How long does a pet need to walk in a blanket? What to do if a cat pulls it down?
The pattern is transferred to the material, not forgetting about the seam allowances (about 2 cm). The edges of the cut parts are folded and hemmed. Ribbons are sewn in the designated places. It is better to make the product two-layer. so it will be more durable. To do this, fold the fabric in half, apply the pattern with the upper part to the fold, circle it and cut it out. Ties are applied to the resulting double part, folded inside out, and stitched together with them, leaving a small hole. Having turned the product through it to the front side, it is sewn up.
How much to wear a blanket after spaying a cat
Postoperative care is the most important step in neutering cats, because after the operation, all the care of the animal rests with the owners. The most relevant question for many is how much to wear a blanket after sterilizing a cat. The main problem is that animals refuse to wear a protective bandage and are trying with all their might to free themselves from it. Looking at the torment of the pets, the owners try to remove the bandage early, without even realizing that this decision is not always the right one.
How to properly and safely tie a blanket for a cat after sterilization
To make it comfortable for a cat to wear a bandage, you need to learn how to tie it correctly. First of all, the fluffy pet needs to be laid on its side, the edges of the bandage should be brought together and, starting from the top point, tied with strings.
For better attachment of the blanket, the second garters are tied diagonally with the third. The penultimate and last strings are also tied crosswise. The blanket should not be too loose or squeeze the body of the animal. Ideally, the little finger should fit between the bandage and the blanket.
How many days does a cat need to wear a blanket after sterilization?
The period of wearing the postoperative bandage depends, first of all, on the type of surgery. There are several methods for sterilizing animals:
- by a longitudinal section;
- by lateral incision;
- laparoscopic method.
Sterilization by longitudinal incision is the most traumatic method. After such an operation, the cat must wear a special bandage so that the stitches do not diverge and the postoperative wound heals normally. With such an operation, only a veterinary surgeon can decide unambiguously when to remove a blanket after sterilization for a cat.
If the process of postoperative rehabilitation of the animal proceeds without complications, the protective dressing is allowed to be removed 6-10 days after the operation. The exact period of wearing is determined based on information about the behavior and general condition of the animal.
Lateral incision surgery involves a small seam, so it is not necessary to wear a blanket after the intervention. In this case, the bandage is put on so that the animal does not lick the seam and does not interfere with the natural healing of the postoperative wound.
Laparoscopic surgery is considered a safer method of neutering cats. It refers to minimally invasive techniques and does not imply the presence of postoperative stitches. Surgical manipulations are carried out through small punctures on the abdomen of the animal, therefore, after this type of intervention, a bandage does not need to be worn.
What to do if a cat takes off her blanket after spaying
In the first days after neutering, many cats strive to get rid of the bandage on their own. When an animal refuses to wear a blanket, you should not immediately follow his lead. In most cases, refusal from the dressing during the first 3-4 days after sterilization threatens with serious consequences, including inflammation and decay of the wound, dehiscence of the stitches.
If non-absorbable threads were used during the operation, it is better not to remove the blanket. How much a cat needs to wear a blanket after sterilization in this case can only be said by a veterinarian. In the case of using absorbable sutures, the bandage can be removed 5-6 days after the operation, but only if the suture does not ooze and heals normally.
How can you replace a blanket for a cat after sterilization
If your cat is aggressive and refuses to wear the bandage, try replacing it with a collar. The special collar will not allow the agile pet to lick or gnaw the seam and will provide optimal conditions for wound healing.
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