In the beginning of June poor Buttercup's mom noticed something was wrong with her chin and chest but buttercup wouldn't sit still to let her owner get a good look at what was going on.
During her exam we immediately discovered Buttercups elastic loop collar had been pulled up and was caught in her mouth. This unfortunately is a common problem with these type of collars and why we recommend the buckle style breakaway collars. Buttercup's jaw and mouth had large wounds that were infected from the collar digging in and the skin on her chest was very irritated from her drooling and trying to paw at her mouth. The collars restriction and the associated pain was making it hard for Buttercup to eat and drink. Buttercup would need to stay in the hospital for a few days to help her heal so she could eat comfortably.
She was started on antibiotics, anti-inflammatory injections and pain medication right away. We also gave her some medication for her stomach and a local freezing for in her mouth. With all of these treatments she started eating right away.
After two days the inflammation was significantly reduced and she was discharged back to her mom. She needed to continue her anti-inflammatories, pain medication and antibiotics for several weeks. There is some gum damage around her one canine or "fang" tooth that may require surgery to correct.
Please when choosing a collar for your cat choose a breakaway type so your kitty doesn't run into this problem.
Breakaway collars detach in the event of being caught or being sharply pulled. They prevent cats from hanging and strangling themselves when climbing and jumping. The elastic collar will stretch to allow your cat to escape if they get caught on something but they run the very real risk of becoming stuck within the mouth just like with poor Buttercup.
Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT