Cat over grooming post-surgery?
The little stray cat (I named her Echo) that adopted us six months ago has not had a good couple of months. First she was attacked by something overnight and I found her cowering in a box with a swollen leg; then just before Christmas she was hit by a car. Her back leg was shattered and pelvis fractured, and her leg was amputated. Her tail was also damaged and went floppy, and she began to chew on it... it got infected and that was amputated last week.
Amazingly, she's doing great - she is a tough little cookie! But over the last few days she has been constantly grooming but not going for the stitches - she's licking the fur off from around the shaved patches until she's soaking wet. The vet said not to worry yet and to use the buster collar whenever I'm not with her, which I am doing, but I can't help but worry a bit! Is this normal for cats after surgery? She purrs whenever I touch her, climbs into my lap for cuddles and eats everything I offer her, so she appears content with her lot. Has anyone else experienced this? Is there anything I can do to help her?
That awkward moment when your partner walks into the kitchen to find you huddled in the corner with an open container of nooch and a spoon and your mouth encrusted with little flakes...