Caring for Cat with Elizabethan Collar

Overview

Have you ever seen a cat wearing a strange cone around its neck? Sometimes pets get injured and in order for the wound or injury to heal properly, the animals must avoid biting, scratching. and licking it. Nobody can expect a pet to obey a veterinarian and stop doing that the way a person would, especially if it feels pain or itch. This is why this collar was invented. It is called Elizabethan collar because it resembles the ruffs worn in the Elizabethan era.

What is an Elizabethan Collar?

cat with an elizabethan collar onAn Elizabethan collar is a cone-shaped protective device that some animals, like cats, wear around their neck. Its main purpose is to prevent the animal from biting, liking, scratching wounds until they heal. A lot of times it is only used for about a week after an operation. It is also called: pet cone, Buster collar, and E-collar.

These collars can be purchased in pet stores, the veterinarian, or even online. Some people prefer to make the cone themselves because it looks like a very simple design, but this is not recommended. These types of collars are designed by professionals and they have been tested to have the necessary strength and adequate size to do the job correctly.

The different proportions of the cones are not just related to the cat’s size, but to the type of problem that it has. For example, if the operation was performed in the front legs, it might need a longer cone than the one required for an operation of the hind legs. If someone simply cuts a cone out of plastic, it may look pretty much the same, but it may end up falling off constantly or being uncomfortable and useless for the animal wearing it.

The most common materials used for making these collars are plastic or fabric. The traditional cone-shaped plastic collar works well but diminishes greatly the peripheral vision. When the plastic of the collar is transparent, this problem is solved. The soft fabric collars allow you to turn them downward and allow peripheral vision, but it might not be strong enough to avoid the licking and biting, like the traditional plastic ones do.

How do You Use an Elizabethan Collar?

There are many types of Elizabethan collars and each has a different set of instructions that explain how to assemble it and put it on your cat’s neck. You can ask your veterinarian for help in case it is too complicated to assemble it. The collar should not be too tight around the neck because your cat would choke, and it should not be too loose because it would fall off. It should also not be too big because it could be very heavy for the cat and also become an obstacle when eating and drinking water. The Elizabethan collar should be worn at all times, unless instructed otherwise by the veterinarian.

Why is it Important for Cats’ Health to Use an Elizabethan Collar?

There are many reasons why it is convenient for cats to wear this type of collar. A lot of times it is used when the cat has been operated because it could try to remove the stiches with its teeth. In cases when the veterinarian puts a band around a leg, it may try to take it off. Also some cats could have a wound that they should not lick in order to avoid getting an infection.

Sometimes the medicine that is being put on the wound must not be licked by the animal, or it will get sick. In other cases, the type of infection that the cat may have could get spread throughout its body if it licks or scratches it. In addition to that, sometimes cats should not scratch their head or ears because of a sickness of injury. The collar was designed to prevent all of these things from happening.

Why Does my Cat Need to Wear an Elizabethan Collar?

what is a cone collar for on a cat?It may be hard for your cat to accept using the Elizabethan collar. During the first few days, animals are not comfortable using them and some of them might even misbehave to show their complaints. After a while, they get used to it and they will continue behaving the way they usually did. The important thing is to remember that your cat wears an Elizabethan collar to protect itself and to recover faster from its sickness or operation. It is going to wear it for a few days only.

If your cat complains too much you can wait until you have your next appointment with your veterinarian to see if you can take the collar off. In extremely desperate cases, some veterinarians allow the owners to take the cone off only while the animal eats. However, the owner must be watching the cat at all times to stop it from licking or scratching. As soon as the cat finishes eating the collar has to be put on again.

Some cats have a great talent for taking off the collar on their own. When this happens, you need fasten it in a more secure way. In these cases the Elizabethan collar can be attached to the animals regular collar or to a harness. Your veterinarian must have a solution to any of those cases.

Some owners simply give up and let the cat stay without the collar. In these cases the wounds can get infected or take longer to heal. Sometimes the cat removes the stitches from the operation and has to be taken to the veterinarian again for another operation. This causes greater infections and more complex operations than the first ones. Cats always have much greater problems when they do not wear the collar and some of them have even died. In the end, if you want your cat to live a healthy life, it has to wear the Elizabeth collar for the few days that the veterinarian instructed.

What is that Cone Around some Cats’ Neck?

why do some cats have cones around their necks?People usually do not like the way those cones look. Although it is needed for medical reasons, some people try to use other alternatives, which don’t work as well. The best solution is the one given the the veterinarian. If he or she said that an Elizabethan collar was needed, it is important to follow the instructions.

Conclusion

Although people and animals normally do not like Elizabethan collars, they are not meant to torture or punish your pet. They are the best solution that has been found to help your pet recover from an operation or sickness. It is hard to see your cat suffering with the collar, but remember that if you let it take it off, it could die (and that would be even worse). The best thing to do is let the veterinarian suggest which collars can work better for your cat. Until a more comfortable design is invented, we have to accept this collar because it works.

What is an Elizabethan Collar?

Caring for Cat with Elizabethan Collar

An Elizabethan collar is a cone-shaped protective device that some animals, like cats, wear around their neck. Its main purpose is to prevent the animal from biting, licking, scratching wounds until they heal.

How do You Use an Elizabethan Collar?

There are many types of Elizabethan collars and each has a different set of instructions that explain how to assemble it and put it on your cat's neck. You can ask your veterinarian for help in case it is too complicated to assemble it.

Why Does my Cat Need to Wear an Elizabethan Collar?

It may be hard for your cat to accept using the Elizabethan collar. During the first few days, animals are not comfortable using them and some of them might even misbehave to show their complaints. After a while, they get used to it and they will continue behaving the way they usually did. The important thing is to remember that your cat wears an Elizabethan collar to protect itself and to recover faster from its sickness or operation.

What is that Cone Around some Cats' Neck?

People usually do not like the way those cones look. Although it is needed for medical reasons, some people try to use other alternatives, which don't work as well. The best solution is the one given the the veterinarian. If he or she said that an Elizabethan collar was needed, it is important to follow the instructions.