The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Known As The “Cones of Shame”, These E-Collars Prevent Cats From Licking Or Chewing Surgery Suture, Sites The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Known As The “Cones of Shame”, These E-Collars Prevent Cats From Licking Or Chewing Surgery Suture, Sites

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Known As The “Cones of Shame”, These E-Collars Prevent Cats From Licking Or Chewing Surgery Suture, Sites

Elizabethan collars (known as an “E-collars” in vet lingo or the “cones of shame” on social media) prevent cats from licking or chewing surgery suture sites. I won’t sugarcoat it: Cats hate E-collars.









1. Lampshade
The old style, opaque “lampshade” type is particularly loathed, mainly because it robs the cat of his peripheral vision (in addition to interfering with eating and grooming).




2. Clear Plastic
Clear plastic E-collars allow for some peripheral vision but are still uncomfortable.



3. Soft E-Collars
In the last few years, a number of pet supply manufacturers have devised a variety of alternative types of E-collars, including a soft E-collar that can be turned downward so that it acts as a bib, preventing the cat from fussing with the incision while not affecting peripheral vision or eating. These collars are surprisingly well-tolerated by cats.







4. Donut
Another style is that of an inflatable “donut” that goes around the cat’s neck, resembling pillows that people use on airplanes when traveling. 



How the Elizabethan Collar got its name:  The collars are named from the ruffs worn in Elizabethan times.




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