Cat pulling stiches out

newhomeseekerNovember 11, 2008

My kitten was spayed last monday (8 days ago). I've been very careful not letting her run around or jump on things as not to tear her stiches out. I let her out of my bedroom last night and she was crazy, running, trying to play with the other cats and I had to calm her down. She was allowed out for about five hours while I supervised her. Well this morning (she is now confined to the bedroom again) I heard her chewing on something that sounded like plastic and I found her trying to pull her stiches out. She had managed to get one of them out nearest the bottom of her stomach (near her tail) and there are four left. I do not know when she pulled it out (didn't do it when I was watching she was working on the next one) So I called the vet and they said as long as the skin isn't gapping open it should be ok (its pink but not open). They gave me an elizabethan collar for her to wear. I haven't put it on her yet as I'm at work but will do so as soon as I get home (I checked on her at lunch time and she had left the rest of the stiches alone. She is scheduled to have the stiches removed in 10-14 days from her sugery (today is day 8).

Should I be concerned about the suture she pulled out? Should I take her to vet so they can repair it? I've heard horror stories about cats pulling out their stiches and bleeding to death so I'm very worried.

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Yes you should be concerned about her pulling her stitches out. My cat had to wear one of those Elizabethan Collars because around Day 5 she started pulling on the stitches. I could only take off the collar for her to eat, or to let her play without it when I was able to watch her every second. She even slept in it somehow. It was pitiful. But I kept telling myself that it was only for a short time, about a week. Once her stitches were out, I was very happy to throw that thing away. I advise you to take your cat back to the vet to check on the stitches, and to get one of those collars.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2008 at 5:18PM
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Just re-read your message and realized you already have the Elizabethan Collar. Then yes, you need to keep it on her as much as possible. It'll be hard to look at her with that collar on, but it's only for a short time.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2008 at 5:20PM
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You might want to call your vet and explain what is going on. If your cat can remove the sutures, the vet might want to use staples instead. When we had our calico spayed, she started to remove the sutures, and we took her back to the vet to have the incision cleaned and staples put in. Staples are stronger and have to be removed when the incision is healed, but the removal that we experienced was almost painless and easily done.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2008 at 8:39PM
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The external sutures are nothing to worry about. I don't even put them in because they cause so much discomfort for the pet and stress for the owner. I've said it before, when I had sutures in my back, I removed them in 8 days because they itched so darn much. I was supposed to wait 14 days too. Didn't happen. Vowed that whenever possible, I wouldn't use external sutures. Anyway, the point being, if you don't need them then there's no worries if they disappear.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2008 at 9:52PM
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