That happened to my cat when she was spayed, after she managed to wiggle out of the cone one day and licked her incision.
If it's just a small hole, I wouldn't worry about it. I wouldn't worry about trying to clean it unless it was showing signs of infection (pronounced swelling, redness, oozing), since cleaning can actually open it up even more. How long ago was the spay?
it is a small hole but it is still concerning :( so far there is no swelling or blood or anything, it looks like the cone just scraped off the scab and blood on the outside... she was spayed 6 days ago..1 week tomorrow.
edit...a litttlle bit of blood is now there.. nothing gushing just maybe from the stitches coming out? blahhh!!
I'm a vet nurse- from the sounds of it, it doesnt sound like too much of a concern ( especially 6 days in!)
there are several layers of stitches, there are dissolvable stitches on the inside holding the muscle etc together so that heals properly too.
does she seem bothered by it at all ( like in pain, dilated pupils, lying at an odd angle, purring more than normal etc)
it might be a good idea to supervise her as much as you can to prevent her from opening it anymore than it already is :)
she has gone back to the vet and is sealed up, on antibiotics, and the vet said everything underneath felt good!
I think there are two layers - the outer skin and the abdominal wall. It doesn't sound TOO dire right now, so she should be fine, but it's possible she can make it worse if it keeps rubbing. I'd try to stay with her as much as possible today. If you have to go out, maybe just go for an hour or two?
i am actually going to bring her to my bfs family with me and keep her in a separate room from the other cats, in her cage. the vet said i could give her the rest of her pain medication but it hasnt been putting her to sleep, she is active, happy, and meowing...too bad she is locked in the bahtroom and keeps meowing :(
Oh good! I'm sure she will be okay.
You can also bandage her midsection if possible. Some gauze wrapped in several layers may help keep it covered and away from the cone.
i am getting sorta nervous now because some blood has appeared and some clear fluids are leaking out.... i dont know if this is normal beacause the stitches opened up or what...
The clear stuff is probably lymph fluid, so I wouldn't worry about that. If it's a little bit, see if you can press anything on it (like gauze) to help it clot up and scab over.
clear is ok, the body produces that to help the healing- pus is bad. :)
that's a good idea, but only like overnight- you want to keep it open so it can heal
its more like 3 layers- the abdo wall incision, the muscle and then the skin incision
There usually are two layers of stitches.
Nala managed to pull the upper layer after THREE days, the monster. She was fine and nothing opened. Cats heal amazingly fast. I would not worry too much unless it becomes puffy.
my cat was spayed in august. within a day and a half, she had opened her wound. she wasn't given a cone, and i'm not even sure when she would have had the time to open her wound, because my boyfriend and i were watching her like hawks. nevertheless, she opened it, and i didn't realize until she had gotten up from where she was laying on my bed and there was a smudge of blood and pus on the sheets. i took her back to the vet who re-stitched her (without informing me what he was doing first, and without anesthesia; needless to say we didn't go back), but she already had an infection. i took her to another vet the next day because the swelling and the pus had gotten worse; yam was put on antibiotics. it was so disgusting. we cleaned her wound every night with warm salt water until the infection had cleared and we had her stitches removed. such a traumatic experience for my boyfriend and i (and for poor yam)! i completely relate to how you're feeling; i was supposed to go away for a weekend but i didn't because i was so concerned for my cat (even though my boyfriend was going to be with her!). it doesn't sound like you need to worry too much at this point; just keep watching it. good luck!
aww, that is so sad,poor kitty. my girl is being a TROOPER and is being awesome. i am glad it has been 6 days so hopefully it has healed enough. my BFS aunt is a nurse and looked at her today and put some topical antbiotics on it but she said she thinks she will be fine until hte AM. i hope to go the vet is open tomororw morning as I am gonna have to call in late/sick to work. that is sorta scary that your cat got infected so quikly. i havent seen any pus, just minimal bleeding, even tho the bleeding itself is nervewracking.
i wonder how this happened. i know it was from the cone rubbing against it while she was cleaning herself, but i wonder if its because the stitches dissolved or they weren't done properly.
maybe i should make sure she does not eat tonight incase they do have to put her under again.
is your aunt a human nurse or a vet nurse? I would be VERY careful about any ointments you put on a cat.
ew, what an asshole :/
poor kitten :(
sorry, just another comment- why does she still have her front leg bandage/bandaid on after 6 days?
sorry- that was the pic i took when she first came home!