I do not like the cone of shame.
August 7, 2012 4:04 PM Subscribe
I am cat sitting for a professor; the cat has a sore on her tail and won't stop worrying it. After a vet trip (antibiotics, 5 days of pain medicine, and the addition of a cone), it keeps scabbing over ... until she catches it and bites the scab off. How do I keep her from totally destroying her tail in the next week?
Mouse is an eleven-year-old female kitty who is wonderfully adorable (unfortunately, I have no pictures because she's not mine). A week ago, I thought she was having a seizure - she was attacking her tail, writhing around, lower back muscles all ripply, and then stopped and panted for 10 minutes - so we took her to the emergency vet. Blood work was normal, no signs of a seizure, but they found the little sore on the tip of her tail. Overnight, she gnawed on this enough for it to bleed.
We took her to her regular vet the next day, who confirmed the issue with her tail. They gave her an antibiotic shot, gave me pain meds for her, and put her in a cone for 5-7 days to prevent her from getting at her tail. She's usually an indoor/outdoor kitty, but she's been totally indoors since then. The tail heals nicely for a day or two and scabs over until she manages to snag it between her teeth and pull all the scab off. Then she runs all over the house spraying blood as she lashes her tail in anger.
I'm out of pain medicine to give her (I can call the vet tomorrow but I don't know that they'll give me another round). She just bit her scabs off again and is bleeding again. She's clearly uncomfortable and unhappy and really dislikes the cone. When she's not just bitten her tail, she's in good spirits and sits and purrs on my lap.
My professor comes home in a week - what can I do until then to make sure his cat doesn't self-cannibalize herself into not having a tail? I have to leave her during the day - we hang out for two hours in the morning and then 5-6 hours in the evening. I'm able to spend every other night here (I have two of my own kitties that have to be taken care of). I was thinking about a bandaid or something to cover the tip, but I suspect that would just draw her attention even more than it currently is drawn. Please help me help Mouse!