Cat Scratching a Wound With Its Cone?

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Some cats are too smart for their own good. If you have one of these talented kitties that has discovered that the cone that is supposed to prevent scratching can in fact be used for just that purpose, read on. This is a page about keeping a cat from scratching a wound with its cone.


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March 20, 2017

My cat discovered scratching her wound on her tummy with her cone. How can I keep her from doing that? Removing the cone will make her lick the wound.


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March 25, 20171 found this helpful
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Most likely the cone is touching her belly when she moves and it bothers so she searches it. This happens often and it seems the makers of these cones would change the design but this is still the best thing available.


The easiest thing to do is to buy a roll of thick wide surgical tape and glue it all around the edges (most any glue will work - just look to see that it works with plastic). This will soften the touch so it may not irritate her belly but you may still need a shirt of some kind that will completely cover her belly. A small boys t-shirt works well but you may have to tape it around her body to make it fit. I have used duct tape for this as it is easy to put on and remove/replace. This will usually distract them enough for the wound to heal but you can also distract them. When you see them scratching just touch them on their back/head or give them a small treat or catnip.
Keep the wound clean and use any medication the vet prescribed. If still having problems buy some of the pet calming aids/meds that are now available at most pet stores and Walmart/Target stores.

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March 20, 20171 found this helpful

She's using the edge of her cone? You could try putting a padding on it somehow. Is her wound exposed or bandaged?

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March 20, 20171 found this helpful

I would cut off the sharp edge of the cone and cover the edges with soft material.

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March 20, 20171 found this helpful

Hot glue moleskin around the edges of the cone. If it keeps trying to scratch, let the vet know as they can give her something to stop the itch.

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March 22, 20170 found this helpful

You can buy post surgical shirts for dogs and cats. Or you can get some stockinette bandage (on Amazon)and cut two holes for the front legs and put it on the cat like a little turtleneck.


The techs taught me how to do this when my cat had surgery.

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April 11, 20170 found this helpful

hopefully this issue has been resolved but if not you could make a cut-out in the cone that will stop her from easily accessing the affected area with it. the rest of the cone will still block her from licking it

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