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abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

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Unread 03-04-2012, 03:57 PM
abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

For those of you with critters who will/did keep you company during your recovery... how did you protect your belly from innocent pounces?

I have surgery in 12 days so I cannot fully endorse my idea but wanted to share in case anyone finds them in similar situation.

I cut the two long ends out of a cheap plastic laundry basket, leaving the two short sides that curve around the corner a bit.... I think the basket is about $2-3at the discount store. It is just high enough to put a small pillow across my belly and then the basket over that. The 12 pound cat did not buckle the top when I tried it out so I hope it will work later. I will let folks know later.


So what have others tried that did or did not work?
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Unread 03-04-2012, 04:41 PM
Re: abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

Good for you, that's creative!!!

My dogs (3) have been the most amazing company during my recovery - aside from having to feed them and let them out in the yard at times I would much rather have been sleeping!!! I didn't figure out a way to keep them from pouncing on my belly other than anticipating their moves and blocking them with my body, which has overall worked just fine - But the one good thing I did before my surgery was order a set of doggie stairs so the dogs could walk up the stairs onto the bed. Prior to that I was always lifting them up, which of course I knew I would not be able to do after surgery (and for some time after). The day I came home from the hospital, my mom pushed the little stairs away and said please don't have the dogs on the bed at least for this first day/night, but in two minutes the dogs and I were all staring at each other so balefully, that I got up and pushed the little stairs against the bed and voila, 3 crazy schnauzers back on the bed!!!

Also recommend keeping pet food on the counter where you can easily reach it. I was scooping since Week 1 which was probably not a great idea (light food, but not so good to be bending like that).

Wishing you a smooth surgery and easy recovery
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Unread 03-04-2012, 05:41 PM
Re: abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

I kept a pillow on my tummy. However, the cats somehow knew not to walk across me and the dogs were also very gentle. You can't count on that, however. It sounds like you have a good setup.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 05:50 PM
Re: abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

I have three indoor cats. I did get pounced on once (luckily by the littlest cat) and it hurts very bad. Some ladies keep a pillow on their tummy. I just learned to keep a careful watch. I am still very protective of my tummy. I was so sore post op I couldn't handle anything at all touching my tummy at all, so the pillow wouldn't have worked.

My darling Chloe slept beside me all day every day and didn't even bat an eye when I cried repeatedly all over her. Don't know what I would have done without her.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 12:09 AM
Re: abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

I had a pillow pet. My kitty knew where the ladybug was she was not allowed. She glared at it a lot but didn't step near the belly!
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Unread 03-06-2012, 12:48 AM
Re: abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

I had a pillow but my 3 cats seemed to know not to pounce me. I am 6 weeks out and my babies are still careful around me Sounds like you have an awesome fur baby proof plan!
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Unread 03-06-2012, 01:01 AM
Re: abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

Isn't it wonderful how comforting it is to have our pets with us? I have two little toy poodles. I use a pillow for protection and it's been fine. The are careful and affectionate. Like having live teddy bears and they love having me home. It's going to be a rude shock for them when I go back to work! Best wishes t you all!
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Unread 03-06-2012, 06:40 AM
Re: abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

this made me smile every time I've had to recover in any way, my hairy kids are the best! I have 2 Goldens and a Rott'nLab, 3 cats, 3 ferrets, and a 3 foot iguana to keep me company. My Goldens are the most attentive, both very gentle, and my RottieX turns hypervigilant with his guarding, which comforts me...yeah...this time will be no different. It's probably one of the best things about recovering - the time I get to spend with them
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Unread 03-06-2012, 07:00 AM
Re: abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

I kept a pillow on my tummy. Butterscotch never tried to get on it. Once the pillow was gone she returned to her tummy kneading napping ways. My lab Kitty simply slept next to the bed watching out for me every step of the way. The just knew. I think we smell different at first and they are very good at reading us people.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 07:03 AM
Re: abdominal surgery and 4 indoor-only cats, oh my

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this made me smile every time I've had to recover in any way, my hairy kids are the best! I have 2 Goldens and a Rott'nLab, 3 cats, 3 ferrets, and a 3 foot iguana to keep me company. My Goldens are the most attentive, both very gentle, and my RottieX turns hypervigilant with his guarding, which comforts me...yeah...this time will be no different. It's probably one of the best things about recovering - the time I get to spend with them

Now THAT is a full bed! I am glad the critters did not get into a competition to see who got to snuggle closest to you. Two of mine fight to sleep in my arm pit and another insists on sleeping on a pillow- preferably the one my head is occupying! Pets are such a wonderful comfort. I am looking forward to have so much cuddle time.
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