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Kitty Cat Onesy

November 11, 2012

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How Do You Stop a Cat from Chewing a Wound?

If you are reading about cats on the interwebs, then you know about elizabethan cone collars. You probably know about soft and hard plastic collars. You know about bandages. You know cats hate bandages. You know about Bitter sprays and creams you can put on bandages to discourage cats from chewing them off. You may know about baby diapers with tail holes cut into them to protect wounds on the nether regions.

Big (12 pound, 5.5 kg) domestic short haired tabby cat sits on his dad's lap, wearing an 18-month baby onesy

Chillin in my onesy

Meet Archie. Archie really hated cone collars. He hates bandages. But for some strange, cosmic serendipitous reason, Archie likes wearing an 18-month old baby onesy. Has no problem with it at all! (Thank goodness.)

Archie needed to stay away from a surgery wound on his side. Seems he lacerated himself on a fence nail (we think). While the stitches healed, he needed to NOT lick the wound for a week or so. After several trips to the store for the correct size, (after all- how does a woman with no human children at home explain to the nice clerk at the store what size she needs for her fur-baby?) Archie fit comfortably in an 18-month baby onesy.

So there’s another idea for you if you are having trouble keeping your peaceful house cat from eating a hole in their own side. You are welcome.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2015 12:35 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I stumbled onto your site. I have been struggling with this exact issue with my 12.5 lb male for a couple of weeks. He has a wound on his side that he feels compelled to lick. We have used many kinds of bandages, all of which work for about 36 hours until he figures out how to get that one off. We even had one that attached to itself with heavy duty velcro. That one worked for 3 days until he learned how the velcro worked. He’s just too smart!! I’ve tried the blow up collar. That took about 90 seconds for him to wiggle his head out. I have been trying so hard not to put him in a plastic cone. I am off to purchase a Onesie!!! Yea!! I really think he won’t mind it.

  2. April 20, 2014 6:10 pm

    i have a halh wild cat would i be able to get a onsie for her she is just coming up 2 and she is about medium or small

  3. chicagok9 permalink
    February 8, 2013 5:47 am

    My vet recommended a onesie when my cat had a sore on his lower abdomen (I have pics too.) It worked really well. I also had to try several sizes, and also found 18 months to be about right. I cut a hole near where it buttons so he can use the litterbox. There is also an item called Medical Pet Shirt which is similar to a onesie but a better fit and it has a pouch to add bandages, if your cat won’t keep the onesie on.

  4. Christina permalink
    November 29, 2012 1:00 pm

    How do you manage potty breaks in the onsey? Do you take it off every once in a while so they can do their business??

    • November 29, 2012 9:30 pm

      Dear Christina,
      That’s a thoughtful question. If you observe your cat’s habits, then you know the 2 or 3 times a day for the potty breaks and can remove the onesy. Plus, cats urinate out the back, so you could leave it open back there!
      Doc Truli

  5. Bart permalink
    November 17, 2012 12:18 am

    Bart Springer in Pennsylvania is amazed.

  6. November 11, 2012 10:01 pm

    Archie looks like a big cat. How much does he weigh? (I’m guessing 12 pounds.) Thinking cat lovers will want to know what size/age onesy to get, and that will depend on the size of their cat, yes?

    • November 11, 2012 11:57 pm

      Actually, Archie is 13 pounds. But Bella, a little 5 pounder with breast cancer wore a 18- month Onesy, too. Some experimentation may be needed to get the size right. Bella’s first 3 were returnable. I was surprised how big they had to be to fit a little or a medium-sized cat!

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