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Good evening, I'm Laura, one of the UK vets.
Where is her wound? If you take of her collar, does she try to get at it?
A babygro sometimes is better tolerated than the collars, if you can find one that fits her (is the a late opening supermarket nearby?).
You can get pet suits that are designed to stop them getting at wounds and your local big pet store will probably have some in stock.
If she is throwing herself about trying to get the collar off, take it off for the moment and try and discourage her from licking until you can get an alternative.
I have found this using an old tshirt or square of fabric:
DIY cat/dog surgical recovery suit: Using a child’s t-shirt: 1) Cut a vertical slit up the back of the shirt to 2 inches below collar. 2) Cut horizontal strips along back of shirt towards the sides. 3) Cut four holes in front of shirt in alignment with your pet’s legs 4) Pull shirt collar over pet’s head, place legs through four front openings, then tie strips together to secure onto pet. The bottom of the shirt is now an opening for pet to relieve itself.
You can also get inflatable donut type collars and flexible collars which a lot of cats tolerate better than the rigid cone of shame.
I'd remove it, they can do more damage to the wound by throwing themselves about trying to get the collar off than by licking at it.
Could you try the method using the square of fabric?
Short of wrapping her in a blanket for a bit until the urge to lick calms a little, I can't think of anything else we could use, sorry.
They usually do, but it may take a day or so. Have you anything tasty you could smear on her paws to maybe distract her for a bit?
Have you any tights or leggings that you could pull over her body? With 4 legs holes and loose bits at either end to fit it on her neck and under her tail?
Would your vet board her for you? We sometimes hold pets for a while for their owners. Especially as you need to be able to concentrate.
Whereabouts are you?
It usually isn't. It may be that her wound is still sore and she may need extra painkillers to settle her. I would call your own vet tomorrow when they open and see if they can either change her collar or give her extra pain relief.
Sadly you're a bit far away for me to personally step in, I'm up in Scotland :(
Could you pop her back in her cat box for a bit to reduce how far she can move?
I really hope she settles for you, I know how stressful finals week is.