If there is something that cats detest that we put on them, it is undoubtedly the Elizabethan necklace. It is very uncomfortable for them to have to carry a piece of plastic around their head, not to mention that with it they have many problems cleaning themselves in that area. However, sometimes we have no choice but to put it on, otherwise your health could deteriorate.
The vet can give us (sell) one already made, but what better way than to do it at home? Take note to know how to make a homemade Elizabethan necklace.
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When do you have to wear the Elizabethan collar?
I still remember like it was yesterday when I took my cats to be neutered. She was very nervous, even though it was not the first time she had taken animals to have their sexual organs removed. But each intervention is different, since the furry one is too. Everything went well, and in fact it did not take long for the effect of the anesthesia to wear off, but they soon wanted to lick the area, so we had to put the Elizabethan collar on them that I bought at the clinic.
I have to say that I am quite reluctant to put it on, as it is a plastic that causes them discomfort. But it was necessary. We took one of my cats to operate in 2006 and because she did not put it on, her wound became infected and she was in bed for a week. I didn't want to go through the same thing again, so I had to try not to have it taken away.
In addition to being neutered or spayed, they will also have to wear an Elizabethan collar if:
- Have suffered a fracture.
- They have one infection, either in the ears or in any other part of the body.
- Se self-harm (For example, if they have scabies and scratching so much has caused wounds).
- And also in the event that have to wear a bandage for a while.
Alternatives to Elizabethan necklaces
In the market you will find several types of collars that will help the cat to be much more comfortable than if it were wearing the Elizabethan, such as the inflatable necklace that protects the animal's wounds or comfy, which will allow you to lie down more comfortably.
But if you want to save a little money or be able to customize the collar that your cat will have to wear, We suggest you make your own homemade Elizabethan.
How to make a homemade Elizabethan necklace
Before starting, it is important that we prepare everything that is going to be needed to save time. To make this necklace, you will need a 2 liter water container (depending on the size of the cat), fine point sewing scissors, stapler and necklace of your furry.
Step by step
- The first thing you should do is cut the top of the container, which is the narrowest, and also the bottom of it; in this way, we will only have the middle part. Remember that the size of the container that we use will depend on the size of our kitten, so if you see a 2-liter container is very large or perhaps very small, we should look for one that is more suited to its size.
- Now, we have to make a longitudinal cut, and thus we will obtain a kind of plastic sheet.
- Then we will give it a cone shape, so that the part that goes to the neck has to be wide enough so that it is not narrow, and it has to have at least 4 slots through which the cat's collar will be passed. The other part must be wider, so that the animal can be as comfortable as possible; don't forget to hook it up with staples.
Finally, you can cover it with fabric or tape to avoid discomfort. Or even line it first with cotton and then with fabric. But, yes, if you do, you will need the necklace to be somewhat wider so, if your friend is large, perhaps a 2l bottle is too small.
And if you already have an Elizabethan necklace ...
If you have been given an Elizabethan necklace you can also customize it. You just have to cover it with the material you prefer and put it on your cat. He sure doesn't dislike it, or at least not as much as if he were a normal Elizabethan 😉.
How to get me to wear it as well as possible
Getting a cat to agree to wear such a collar can be really tricky. But since sometimes we have no choice but to put it on, he will have no choice but to accept it. However, we can help you get better if we give you Awards (cat treats, petting) as long as we see that he does not try to remove it. Thus, little by little you will understand that if you behave well, you get something that you like.
We can also help you by acquiring orange essential oil in spray (or in candles) to keep you relaxed.
Nobody likes the Elizabethan collar: neither domestic animals nor humans. But I hope these tips have been useful so that you can spend these days as well as possible.