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Question about cats and hysterectomy Question about cats and hysterectomy

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Unread 03-09-2012, 06:00 PM
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My hysterectomy is next Friday... I cut the two long sides out of a cheap laundry basket.
It fits across my belly when I am on my back. I hope it will protect me when my four cats decide to wrestle or play chase on the bed. Two of the cat are 15+ pounds so I was afraid a pillow would not be enough..... plus one of the 15 pounders thinks all pillows are for his sleeping pleasure only.
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Unread 03-09-2012, 06:33 PM
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What a great idea nurjml! I have a cat around the same weight, she is just over 6 kgs. I was thinking when that 6 kg of pudding lands on my belly it's going to hurt - even with a pillow!
Unread 03-10-2012, 06:43 AM
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I have a very active (1 yr old) cat. Who is always on me. I actually kick him out of my room when I go to bes because he is so needy. I had a large pillow pet (a peewee one for the hospital and to guard my stomach from the seat belt!) I kept the regular large pillow pet on my stomach all the time. Mainly it detured my cat to jump on my stomach. But the one time he did, it protected me. I haf LAVH on January 30th. I am blessed as after two weeks I was back to work and feeling better than ever before. And now, my cat is happy the large pillow pet has been retired. Hope that helps!
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Unread 03-10-2012, 08:01 AM
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My cat is wonderful.. Mr. Pickles.. Orange tabby.. He has slept in my bed every night and I am almost 6 weeks. He never did that before my surgery either.. Every time he tries to lay on my tummy I just move him to my side..
Unread 03-10-2012, 11:48 AM
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Hello - I have a indoor 8lb cat and live by myself. I was able to deal very easily. I was told I could bend to scoop the litter after the first 3-4 days. I had no trouble bending over. I could not change the litter box though with the 10 lb lift limit. My cat did want to be next to me or on me more than usual. I lived for the first 3 weeks with the pillow pet on my stomach whether I was sitting in the chair, reclining on the couch or sleeping in the bed. This worked well. I always had it close so I could grab it without getting up in case my cat come over. The pillow pet was better than a pillow because of how it would flop around and conform to my body - that way whatever direction my cat came from the pillow was there. I do recommend getting a pillow pet with a flat head. Mine has a big hippo head and that was cumbersome.

For food I put her food in a smaller tupperware that was easier to lift / pour than the bag.

The biggest problem I have had is that I cannot sweep up the litter she kicks out or tracks out. I have to get someone else to help sweep that up. But in between those clean ups I have found a hair dryer will help pile the litter next to the box and out of my walking path without going through the sweeping motions.
Unread 03-10-2012, 06:32 PM
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I am another cat person. Yes, your cats can be around you. They will make you feel better.

Mine all wanted to stay close to me all day, pretty funny.
Unread 03-11-2012, 08:13 AM
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The cat in my household is "Zilpa" She loves to sit on my lap in the evening and I was a bit concerned about this. I put a cushion against my tummy and my cat sits on my knees on the other side of the cushion so there is no fear of any damage being done.

I bought a "grabber" an item with a handle which allows you to pick up things from the floor. I can pick up the empty feeding bowl, saves me from bending down.

Luckily I don't have any cat toilet troubles LOL as she goes outside for that.

It is said that petting an animal reduces stress levels and also I think cats sense when stuff is going on and are a bit less feisty towards you when you are not 100%

Nice thread. Has made me smile.

Best wishes,
Unread 03-14-2012, 09:13 AM
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I was worried about the same thing since going in they say no lifting of over 15lbs and i am quite sure my big cat weighs at least that and he's the one that is "MY" cat meaning he sleeps on my belly and lap most times but somehow he seemed to know when he couldn't sit there and cuddled up next to me instead. most cat if you have a bond with them will know that u are hurting suggestions like putting a pillow over your incision area when you are asleep help but have faith that those cat love you and will not only be protective of you but soothing to your sole. In fact they may protect you more than normal mine did my poor hubby got bit twice trying to help me move positions the first day I was home because I was in pain and the dang cat thought my hubby was making it worse! Hope all goes well with you!!!!!!!
Unread 03-14-2012, 09:51 AM
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Pet Therapy is the best therapy. Enjoy the comfort your cats/s bring you.
Unread 03-16-2012, 10:02 PM
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Nothing like laying in a recliner post op with a warm cat at your head and one across your chest and the ever faithful dog at your healing love there is!!!' ( just don't forget to put a pillow over your belly in case cat number 3 wants to join in! Lol!)

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