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DIY Baby Onesie/T-shirts Cone of Shame Alternative

June 18th, 2017 · 19 Comments · DIY Baby Onesie/T-shirts Cone of Shame Alternative

DIY Baby Onesie/T-shirts
Cone of Shame Alternative

( For Future Tri-kitties this is what we did)

How to make a baby onesie for recovery for a front leg amputation kitty.  Please ask your surgeon prior to the surgery if this is allowed and get the ok from them!  We did, and we got approval.

The first challenge was what size do I buy?

We looked at weight charts for baby onesies, and I got 03-06 months based on the size chart for Purrkins.  These worked, but they were way too big, and they shifted all over 
Don’t go by the weight chart this was not accurate for cats;)

I ended up getting a smaller size 0-3 months onesies and t-shirts. These fit better and shifted less.

I checked the incision 2 x  a day & changed the onesie or t-shirt daily.

I would say 0-3 months size for the average kitty. Under 10 lbs I would look at the newborn size!  (Like human clothes size differs depending on manufacturer)

The onesie’s I cut the bottom off, I cut both arms off, the arm that was amputated was sewed shut.  The one arm I cut to allow no restriction to Purrkins.

The t-shirts I cut some off the bottom and both arms off and sewed the amputated arm shut.  They both did the job & kept Purrkins from getting to the incision.

Fair warning these stretch like crazy!  Sewing and cutting and writing may not be purrfect.  I promise your kitty doesn’t care & will be happy they are not in a cone!

Amazon has them for cheap or your local Walmart or Goodwill.  If you shop Goodwill just make sure to wash them first;)  If you shop Amazon start your search on Tripawds you will be supporting Tripawds to keep us online;)

You will need

  • Baby onesie or baby t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread
  • Optional sewing straight pins

I tried outlining what I did for you. I hope this is self-explanatory

I turned them inside out and hand sewed the amputated arm shut.

The non amputated arm is optional if you cut it.

I found Purrkins did better with cutting both arms off!

Nothing is perfect as you can see😉

Baby Onesie

Baby T-Shirt

See why I cut the one arm out? Purrkins has no restriction in the DIY onesie

Now I have an excuse to Post how cute Purrkins looked again;)

We recovered in a closet so excuse the bad lighting:)

Hope this helps you and your recovering tri-kitty!

Any questions? Just ask & I will get back to you!


19 Comments so far ↓

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  • tinsch

    Still no RSS feed, huh? 😊
    You look like a total pro, Holly! Think you could make me a shirt like Purrkins yellow and white stripey one?? I love it!! 😊
    And did you put a post in the forums linking to here?

  • jerry

    Holly this is FABULOUS! I totally missed it too because of the RSS feed but I know Admin and the uber geeks are working on fixing the issue.

    The detail you put into the directions is so purrrfect and I too loved seeing Purrkins in them! I like that both arms were cut so it looks like a badass muscle shirt 🙂

    Oh and thanks for making me chuckle about washing the Goodwill finds! Too cute.

    I’m going over to update our “Tips for Three Legged Cats” news blog post with this priceless info, thank you again!

    • Purrkins

      The Admin did his magic & believes we have it fixed!!😀

      Glad you liked it! Hopefully this will help future tri-kitties, one less thing to think about when dealing with the amp!
      Purrkins did not mind being dressed up, such a cutie!
      Glad you got a chuckle, well you never know 😉

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  • ilovetripods

    I wanted to thank you so much for this tutorial! I recently adopted a tripod kitty who had just had his leg amputated (the tripod in our family before him had been born that way, so this was all new to me!), and he was just MISERABLE in his cone. The surgeon was fine with a onesie and it really made the difference.

    Now I’m a medical foster for a local shelter, and I have another sweet newly tripoded cat who’s also adjusting quickly now that he doesn’t have to worry about the cone. 🙂

    So thank you again!

    • Purrkins

      I am so happy to hear it helped you with the recently adopted tripawd kitty. I know the onesie is a great alternative to the cone, you have to wonder what they are thinking a cone on 4 legs is bad enough isn’t it? UGH Let alone on 3 legs!

      I am glad you asked your surgeon ours was fine with it also “as long as the incision is protected”. I was not putting a cone on Purrkins on 3 legs to learn on 3 legs, it was not an option to me. He wobbled with a cone on 4 legs!

      You are wonderful to take in another tripawd kitty. They are very special kitties, not special needs kitties after they heal.

      I wont be surprised to hear you have a failed foster (as in you keep this tripawd kitty too;) Think about doing a blog we would love to see all your tripawd kitties.

      Thank you for taking the time to post and letting us know this helped you!

      You are very welcome and again thank you for taking the time!
      Holly & Purrkins❤️

      • ilovetripods

        That’s the truth! RR Jake was thrilled to be out of the cone, as he also had a URI so the poor dear was sneezy on top of everything else. Link didn’t have to worry about that, but it was definitely getting in the way of figuring everything out.

        Yup, the shelter surgeon essentially said to use our discretion about whether the cats’ behavior would put the incision at risk or not if we replaced the cone with the onesie. Both of them have been very good at not trying to scratch or bite through the cloth, thankfully!

        Link is a super sweet boy, all he wants to do is cuddle and purr. 🙂 While it’s tempting to adopt him too, we only have two resident cat slots here and I want to be available to help more kitties in need. Not going to lie though, having a herd of little tripods would be the most adorable thing ever.

        I actually did set up a blog for our resident and foster tripods. 🙂 Going to start posting to it today, hopefully! 😀

        Thank you for all of the work that went into this post and the others you write. I’ve been following along for awhile before signing up here, so. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

        • Purrkins

          That is great on the blog and be sure to post in the forums if you put Link up for adoption;) I hear you😉
          You will get more exposure for the adoption on the site and they can post on facebook, twitter and get the word out when you get to that point.

          Yes, we have to go by each cat and see how it goes. We were lucky Purrkins was good with his onesie, some cats escape the onesie? Again never happened with us!

          Thanks again for your kind words and taking the time to post, for taking all these sweet kitties in and giving them a chance to find their furever home. Your a good soul !

          I will look forward to your blog!
          Have a great weekend !


  • hgraves64

    Did you have any difficulty checking the amputation incision site with the onsie in place?

    • Purrkins

      No, not at all. I checked the incision twice a day and changed the onesie every day. We had no trouble with Purrkins incision or checking it.

      Always check to see what is going on under the onesie. It is there to cover and protect our kitties from getting to it. Beats the cone any day!
      Holly & Purrkins❤️

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  • mcs

    I would love to use onesies rather than a cone, but can I make it work for my guy whose having a rear leg removed? Thanks

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