The collar for cats is mainly used after operations so that the animals recover faster. After such manipulations, they weaken very much, and there is also a high probability of infections. Therefore, such an accessory is very often simply necessary.
What it is?
This collar is also called “Elizabethian”. Such a device is used for medical purposes and has a protective function. It prevents the animal from licking and helps wounds heal faster. And cats do this because, at the genetic level, it is laid down for them to treat themselves with the help of licking. Since they have a substance in their saliva that helps with rapid healing. But still, it contains not only useful properties, but also various bacteria that can lead to infection and the spread of infection.
An Elizabethan collar is required in the following cases.
- To prevent the animal from removing the bandages after the operation.
- Does not allow the cat to lick the seams, so as not to infect.
- Does not allow combing wounds on the head.
- Protects wounds from injury.
- Helps wounds heal faster and absorb various medicines. It can be ointments or drops.
- Does not allow the animal to lick off medications.
- Makes it difficult to remove the bandage from the head.
- Helps to apply anti-flea drops.
- Protects the structure from fractures.
This device has a conical shape, and its fields form a fence around the head. Also, the collar can be inflatable. It helps a lot during the recovery period of the pet, when it is necessary to prevent the cat from licking wounds. It is also very often used to treat the cat’s fur with anti-parasites, the components of which, if ingested, can harm him.
An Elizabethan collar can be purchased at a veterinary clinic, specialty store, or you can make your own. Regardless of which option you choose, there is only one mandatory requirement for the device – it should be as comfortable as possible, not squeeze the neck or hang on it.
How to choose?
Choosing a postoperative collar that will fit perfectly is quite problematic. After all, it must be comfortable, strong, and also the right size. When you choose a collar for your pet, you must follow some rules: the collar must be comfortable to use. So that it does not cause discomfort to the pet, the part that adjoins the neck should be soft. You can cover it with fabric.
- Satisfactory height. The collar should not block the pet’s view, because he may begin to worry and will not get used to the new “equipment”. Also, the collar should not be too low, then it will not interfere with the cat.
- Right size. It is also of great importance. Before purchasing a collar, be sure to measure the diameter of the neck, as well as the distance between the neck and the tip of the nose. Because if the accessory is small, then it will press, and if it is large, it will hang out, and the animal will get out of it without any problems.
- Strength. The collar should be strong, keep its shape well and fasten. The cat must not remove it on its own. But also it cannot be too tight so that the animal can breathe easily.
How to do?
There are times when it is simply not possible to buy this device. But you should not worry about this, as it is easy to do it yourself. You will not need various tools that only masters have, everyone has everything they need in the house. To create a collar, you can use items such as:
- plastic bottle;
- a flower pot.
When making this accessory, you will also definitely need a comfortable, wide and not very hard collar to attach a collar to it. You can also use a harness. In this case, the load will go not only on the neck, but also on the spine, which will greatly facilitate the wearing period. Following the instructions, you can easily make an Elizabethan collar.
Made from lightweight plastic
This option is the simplest. For him, you can take the simplest stationery folder. If you cut it, you will get a rather long canvas. For this design you will need:
- adhesive tape, adhesive tape or double-sided tape;
- stapler with large staples.
Before proceeding with the creation, it is necessary to take measurements: the diameter of the neck and the distance from the neck to the tip of the nose. Then we take a sheet and draw two circles on it. What is smaller is the neck. And in order to draw a larger circle, you need to measure the length of the head from the smaller one, but 3 cm higher than it is. Then inside the small circle we draw the next circle, it should be 3-4 cm smaller, the collar will be attached there.
Next, cut out the sample and do not forget about the reserve. In the event that you are in doubt about the length, then cut the circle longer, and then simply shorten it. We draw a straight line from the edge to the center and cut a sample along it, a small circle. Its also mode 5-6 times perpendicular for future loops.
The sample is ready, now we try on the pet. We correct if necessary. Then we put a pattern on the plastic and transfer all measurements to it. We fold what we did for the loop in half, fix it with a stapler and fix it with adhesive tape so that the tips of the staples do not interfere. And there we insert a collar or harness.
Trying on the collar again. If everything is fine, then we connect it in the place where the incision was made, and fasten it with a stapler or double-sided tape. The main thing to remember is that another collar will need to be put on the pet. If he has a bandage on his head, then you should not fix it with staples. Pay special attention that the distance between the collar and the neck should not be less than your finger. If it is smaller, it will rub and bring discomfort, and if it is too large, the animal will easily remove the collar.
This is the easiest way to create an Elizabethan collar at home. It does not require any special skills and various equipment. The only drawback is poor strength. The collar will fit while the animal is recovering from anesthesia, but after that the cat will begin to actively move, itch, and in connection with such actions, the collar may not withstand.
If you have a thin plastic (soft cutting board), then you should give preference to it. The collar will be more reliable, and its edges can also be processed so as not to provide inconvenience.
From a bottle
The main task when creating a cat collar from a bottle is to choose the right container of the right size. For these purposes, two-liter bottles are mainly used. Where the neck is located, we find the diameter that is most suitable for the girth of the animal’s neck. Then we determine the length, make marks. Cut off the neck. And according to the marks we cut out the future collar. The end result is a cone. And to put it on an animal, you should make a vertical incision.
On both sides of the cut, you need to make holes for lacing. They can be made with a screwdriver or scissors. And to make it easier to do, the tool can be heated with fire. You can also make lacing with a gypsy needle. Before inserting the ropes into the holes, they must be processed or covered with a plaster. Because if this is not done, then the cuts can harm the pet.
If you are into needlework, you can improve this accessory by simply sewing a soft case. Then, loops must be attached to the cervical collar, into which the collar will be threaded. Even if your cat is not very active, you still need to secure the structure well. All edges must be soft.
If you choose this option, then you will definitely need to check that your pet can eat, sleep and spend his time actively. About an hour after putting on the collar, take it off and check if it is chafing. If you find traces, then it is worth adjusting the design.
In the same way, you can make a collar from a flower pot.
This collar is very easy to assemble. Cardboard will fit any box. You will need to take cardboard, cut out a semicircle from it, the same length as the collar on which it will be attached. This can be done with tape, a stapler, or a needle and thread. The edges can get long and will overlap each other. But there is nothing wrong with that.
To make a more reliable cervical collar, you will need tools, as in the previous version: scissors, a stapler and adhesive tape. A sample for a future collar is suitable for any option. Also take measurements: the diameter of the neck and the distance from the neck to the tip of the nose. We make a similar scheme according to the measurements taken, transfer it to paper and cut it out.
We try on a sample, if necessary, we customize. When creating such an accessory, you need to use thin cardboard. Then we transfer the form to cardboard, cut out and fasten the loops. Then we put a collar or harness in them. Let’s try again. When the edges are longer, it is more convenient to put on the collar when it is open.
Such a collar is suitable if the animal’s head or part of it is damaged.
In the event that your pet has to wear this collar for a long time, then you just need to take care of comfort. Cats quickly adapt to eating and drinking in such a device, but sleeping in a plastic collar is still uncomfortable for them. Of course, the fabric collar is more difficult to sew, but it has three big pluses:
- lightness – there is less stress on the neck;
- softness – does not interfere during any action;
- washing is possible.
This type of collar should be sewn from cotton or linen. Since this fabric is easily deformed to keep its shape, rigid posts (pieces of plastic) or reinforcing materials can be used. The fabric collar should have 2-3 layers. The edges are finished with fringes. When creating this option, the same dimensions are measured as in other cases, but the length can be made shorter.
Where there is a cut, we fasten it with Velcro or make lacing (you must definitely leave a margin). Before you start sewing, prepare the loops for the collar, they should be made of soft fabric and fairly wide (there will be less stress on the neck). The disadvantage of this option is that such a collar does not hold its shape well if the animal constantly tries to take it off.
But you can make sure that this device covers only the cheeks, and so that the animal does not take off the collar, it must be fixed more firmly, but not overdo it.
How to wear?
There are times when the veterinarian did not put on the collar on the animal, or when you did it yourself. In such cases, the question arises: “but how to put it on correctly?” To do this, you need to follow some simple rules. First you need to measure the cat’s neck so that the collar fits in size. It should not hang out, but also not put pressure on the neck.
Then prepare the collar. Attach it to a collar or piece of soft cloth. In the event that the animal is frightened, then take it, wrap it in a soft towel and calm it down. You need to put on the collar very carefully so as not to harm. A lot of animals do not like when they put on foreign objects, and cats can behave aggressively. In this case, you will need an assistant.
Then the cat will have to be held by the scruff of the neck. After her head is in the collar, try to calm her down. Then fasten the collar around your neck. Check that nothing is pressing or dangling. Between the collar and the neck there should be a distance of a finger.
The collar can only be removed with the permission of a veterinarian.
What to do if it takes off?
Most pets adapt to the collar for a long time and at first intend to take it off. In most cases, this is an adequate reaction, but there are times when it indicates improper use, which brings stress and inconvenience to the pet. You can understand this by how much time has passed since wearing.
In the event that the cat tries to remove the structure for the first time, then there is nothing to worry about. You can train your pet. You just need to pay attention to him, you can put him on your knees, play with him. This will help the animal get used to the collar. And if a day or more has passed, then it’s worth finding out if the collar brings discomfort (strongly tightened, corners stick in, closes the view). Otherwise, it should be replaced.
How to make a veterinary collar for a cat with your own hands, see the following video.