How to make a collar for a cat with your own hands?
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, she introduced a ruffled and incredibly fluffy collar made of heavily starched lace into fashion. This piece of clothing caused only inconvenience: the head rested on it like on a serving dish, and the neck was completely impossible to turn. It is good that the courtiers could not turn around, this was considered the height of indecency and bad manners.
It is not known what happened next to this invention of court tailors and fashion designers, but some savvy pet owner has adapted to using the collar to limit the ability of his pets to lick and comb open wounds. Its discovery very quickly became popular among the common people, and even survived to our times. Now it is often referred to as the Elizabethan collar, since any animal wearing such a device instantly becomes like a pompous court nobleman.
In specialized stores, the product is called less pompous - just an E-collar.
Why do you need it?
This is especially true for a cat that has survived castration: after using the toilet, he definitely The best thing to do is to clean out all your causal places with your tongue, preventing their early tightening, or even worse, provoking an infection.
The collar is indispensable in the situation in which the pet urgently needs to treat the skin or wool cover from bacteria, fleas or skin mites.
For this purpose, rather toxic sprays, creams, hormonal ointments and other agents are used that should not get into the animal's digestive tract.
Do not it is even worth doubting whether a cat needs this creepy collar after castration.
In this difficult period, when the pet is annoyed, suffered severe stress and demonstrates deliberate disobedience, the correct means of protecting the surgical suture is essential. It is important that the device does not rub anywhere, does not wrinkle, tightly and softly wraps around the neck, does not make breathing difficult.
It is worth noting that not every pet store and not every veterinary clinic will offer you the necessary collar for a dog or cat ... Usually the choice of such products is extremely limited, and implies only a fewstandard sizes and one material - hard plastic.
Added to everything else is the high cost of a useful accessory, which will not be used for long and infrequently. Again, the need for a collar can arise out of the blue when shops are closed and there is not a single penny in your pocket. In such situations, it will be useful to know how to personally make a collar for a domestic cat with your own hands.
For delicate cats
This collar for a fluffy female cat is made by your own hands made of soft materials, and therefore more like a bedding or pillow. It is soft, comfortable and pleasant to sleep on, it is cozy and lightweight.
It takes a little work to create it:
- Initially cut out and sew together a pair of identical pieces. It is better to use cotton, linen or other natural material;
- Then, on your own, lay a dense cap fabric inside that will hold the desired shape of the finished product. In principle, you can do without it, simply by sewing several blanks with your hands or a sewing machine, forming a dense one-piece cone;
- An edging is sewn along the outer edge of the craft, thanks to which the collar will not lose its shape; < li> If the cat persistently removes the self-sewn collar with Velcro, replace them with lacing. He will definitely not cope with it, as well as with an elastic band sewn into the collar zone.
The only drawback of such an accessory is that it is not known how much it can withstand the claims of a cat, and how will quickly crumple. Because of this, the cap fabric has to be replaced with the same plastic. The cheapest version of a rigid layer is bought, on which a strip of fabric is applied on both sides. It is "sewn" like this: holes are burned along the entire perimeter, and a thread with a needle is pulled through them. Don't forget about the holes for the lacing, you definitely won't get by with Velcro.
For patient pets
Again, the cone is cut from a bottle, plastic bucket or seedling pot. Its design should include straps that wrap around the collar and form loops. There should also be a fastener, or better, a harness.
It will reduce the load on the neck and guarantee additional support for the head. Make sure that all sections are smooth, even and rounded, which will eliminate chafing and inconvenience during use.
From strips of soft but dense fabric, you need to sew harnesses, and then the edges of the collar will stop cutting into the neck of the animal.
Now the most interesting thing: how to put on the resulting collar for a cat: "donut" is wrapped around the neck, the fastener is threaded into its slots, the harness ribbons are passed under the collar, bend, and again passed through the slots.
When there is no time
The collar for your favorite cat can be cut not only from a bottle, but also from cardboard. Honestly speakingI, such a device will not turn out to be very reliable or durable, but it will help the cat to live up to the moment when a good accessory is purchased/made. By the way, a cardboard craft is ideal if you need to carry out a one-time treatment at home from fleas of other parasites: you did the job and threw it out with a calm soul.
So, for the craft you need a cardboard box or container from under small household appliances. For a large and massive animal, it is better to use paper for large boxes.
Once you have the material you need, do as follows:
- Draw and cut out a semicircle;
- Roll the cardboard into a tube, but only carefully;
- Then the cat must try on a new thing, then it is adjusted to size and all unnecessary is cut off from it;
- Sections are sealed with tape in several layers, although you can simply glue fabric strips;
- If the craft is done at once, it is enough to fix it with tape ... In the case when the pet will wear it for several hours in a row, it is better to make a lacing;
- To prevent a persistent pet from removing the protection, it will be useful to attach loops along its edge, and then pass the collar through them.
Remember that no matter how much the cat needs to wear a collar after castration or other procedure, it needs to be given a break. Remove the accessory briefly, but do not leave the animal unattended. Sensing freedom, it will obviously rush to examine and lick what is left after castration.