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New developments in polymer technology, Martinez says, have made some plastic e-collars so pliable and lightweight a pet hardly notices it–a boon for cats. Others are still lightweight but made of strong material with heavy-duty snaps that hold up to a lot of abuse, say from large dogs.
Elizabethan collars, also known as e-collars, are important to the health and well-being of injured cats. They prevent your cat from licking and biting injuries, possibly removing stitches and creating the need for further surgical procedures. Your veterinarian should be able to put on the collar for you, however, in cases of emergency, it is possible to do it yourself.
In general, this is not a good idea since these collars can be challenging to properly replace and reposition on the cat once they are removed. However, in some situations, as advised by your veterinarian, you may remove your cat's collar for periods when you are able to offer close supervision. When replacing the Elizabethan collar, always ensure that you can fit two fingers comfortably between the collar and the cat's neck. This will ensure that the collar will not restrict your cat's ability to breathe or swallow, while preventing it from sliding forward over your cat's ears. If you are unable to replace the collar properly, contact your veterinarian immediately.The E-collar should be kept clean and free of debris. It is important to check that the collar is not causing irritation or abrasions on your cat's neck. This should be done at least once a day. Your cat will be unable to groom itself while wearing a protective collar and it is important for you to brush or groom your cat on a daily basis, especially if it has long hair.Your cat can eat and drink normally with a properly fitted E-collar. It may be cumbersome or messy at first but most cats quickly adapt. You may need to elevate or change the shape of the food and water bowls to make it easier for your cat to eat and drink. Some cats find it easier to eat from a plate or saucer rather than a bowl, while others will initially refuse to eat while wearing the E-collar. Basically, an E-collar prevents your cat from doing more harm. The only issue you may encounter, is that the unwanted intruder might depress your cat. He may look like he's moping. Although this could be true to a degree, it's more about your cat's new lack of peripheral vision and limited movements. Get ready for him to bump into things for awhile, including you.Ah, the dreaded "cone of shame…"
Any time after surgery, we strive to send your pet home with an incision that looks as nice as possible. The plastic cone or E collar (for Elizabethan collar) was created to prevent licking. Without it, licking or chewing can cause irritation and infection, which may leave a hairless, discolored, ugly scar – for life.
Despite the stubborn urban legend that animal saliva speeds up healing, licking an incision is a sure way to slow down healing. The tongue, especially in cats, is so rough that it can destroy healing tissue and therefore delay healing. Worse: depending on the particular pet or level of discomfort, licking can lead to nibbling and chewing, especially when nobody is around to watch or distract them.
I cannot begin to count how many times pet parents ask me if their pet really has to wear an E collar. And I cannot begin to add up all the extra money owners have paid to fix open incisions at their vet or the emergency clinic. Pets have an amazing inherited skill, which allows them to chew up twenty stitches or staples in less than two seconds flat. By the time you realize it, it’s too late!However, these collars are stiff and have a tendency to bump against surrounding objects, such as furniture, the food bowl or the litter box, and some cats do not like them for that reason. Because they aren’t flexible, they can also make it difficult for cats to eat and drink. For these reasons, some cats prefer the soft type.