The Cat In The Collar

Henry has been in the wars again.

The poor thing has already been diagnosed with hypertension so has to have medication syringed down his throat every day but now he has ear trouble too.

Firstly it was diagnosed as an ear infection so I had to administer drops twice a day for 10 days.  This didn’t seem to sort out the problem completely and then I felt a lump under his ear.

I was going to take him to the vet on the Friday but he didn’t come back for the whole day then, Saturday morning he returned with a large wound underneath his ear where I’d felt the lump.  The vet kept him in for the afternoon and, when I went to pick him up this was the inevitable result.

The vet thinks the ear infection made him scratch at his ear which, in turn. caused an abcess which then burst but, other than that, she says the two things aren’t connected.  I’m not so sure but time will tell.

In the meantime, that plastic buster collar seemed overlong and the sharp edge was just on the wound and I was worried it would dig in to him.  Also, those ribbon thingies that hold the collars on aren’t that efficient and kept dangling in the water bowl.

So, what’s a sewing person to do but improve upon the original?

As I make dog collars to sell to help raise funds for a dog refuge, not to mention having a rather large fabric stash, I had all the necessaries to hand to make him a small webbing collar with quick release buckle.  I cut the top of the plastic collar down low enough to improve his peripheral vision but still high enough so that his foot can’t reach to scratch the wound.   Then I traced round the shape of the plastic collar and. after adding a seam allowance, cut out the shape in two pieces of fabric, added some tabs in the seamline to thread the webbing collar through, sewed up the seams leaving one end open to slot the plastic collar through and installed a snap to close the ends.

He managed to get out of the house the other day (Mr Tialys isn’t that good at remembering to close doors 🙄) and I was panicking but I think he’d just gone to show off his headgear to his mates next door.

I wonder what they thought.

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  1. #1 by Tina Long on August 30, 2019 - 11:35

    He’s back then! Txx

  2. #3 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on August 30, 2019 - 11:39

    He looks very Chic …. how old is he ??

    • #4 by tialys on August 30, 2019 - 12:23

      I had to look it up as I couldn’t quite remember and was quite surprised to see he’s already eleven years old.

  3. #6 by katechiconi on August 30, 2019 - 12:12

    Henry is wearing an Elizabethan ruff! I think there’s definitely a market for those, given just how many animals are afflicted with ‘The Cone of Shame’. The fabric must also damp the way the cone shape amplifies sound, so I reckon Henry ought to be grateful not only for being more stylish, but also for being considerably more comfortable!

    • #7 by tialys on August 30, 2019 - 12:26

      Oh,yes, I didn’t think about the sound element. He’s still a bit miserable – he keeps worrying me to go out even though all he does when he’s out there is sleep – but he’ll have to wait until the stitches come out next week.

      • #8 by katechiconi on August 30, 2019 - 12:29

        Poor old sausage. I wonder if a nice sleep in the sunshine feels good.

      • #9 by tialys on August 30, 2019 - 12:41

        He’s allowed on the balcony but then I worry about the bird table – although I don’t think he’s up to jumping on a bird table at the moment 😄

  4. #10 by KerryCan on August 30, 2019 - 12:19

    Oh, Henry . . . as if the wounds and meds aren’t bad enough, you have to wear the dreaded collar, too. But what a good mum you have–the only person on the whole planet who would come up with this idea!

  5. #12 by claire93 on August 30, 2019 - 12:36

    poor old Henry but well done Lynn, for having come up with a modified cone which looks much more comfortable.

    • #13 by tialys on August 30, 2019 - 12:43

      Well, he is going to have to wear it for at least 12 days so it seemed worth doing. I was going to pad it with a bit of wadding but I was in a rush to get it on him. If, after the vet has seen him next week, he has to wear it a bit longer, I might make him another padded one.

  6. #14 by Lynda on August 30, 2019 - 13:20

    That is amazingly useful and very posh! Henry is in good hands. 🙂

    • #15 by tialys on August 30, 2019 - 14:58

      He must know it. He tried to wash and groom me earlier but it had to stop as it was making my skin sore. Poor thing, he can’t reach himself properly so I was a probably a substitute.

      • #16 by Lynda on August 30, 2019 - 20:46

        Ha! 😀

  7. #17 by kathyreeves on August 30, 2019 - 14:23

    The cone of shame has become the cone of style! Henry is a lucky old man to have you! Well done!

    • #18 by tialys on August 30, 2019 - 14:56

      I just hate to see them in those cones so I really wanted to make it as comfy as possible for him.

  8. #19 by M. L. Kappa on August 30, 2019 - 14:43

    Poor Henry! I never had to put any of my cats in a collar, but dogs just hate them! They feel humiliated…

    • #20 by tialys on August 30, 2019 - 14:53

      Dogs do look as if they feel humiliated don’t they? Cats just look pissed off 😾

      • #21 by sew2pro on August 31, 2019 - 00:03

        You’re so right.
        None of my cats have had the cone but I used to live with a landlady who kept wolfhounds, the largest of which was allegedly 16 stone (we could never get scales big enough to test this at home)! This blissfully ignorant giant kept splitting his tail by wagging it over-enthusiastically against the narrow hallway walls and had to have the end amputated. After surgery, his ‘cone’ was so enormous that when he arrived home the cat fled and was gone for hours. I remember poor Finn looked so ‘shamed’, wallowing on the sofa dejectedly.

      • #22 by tialys on August 31, 2019 - 09:53

        Poor thing. I have the scene in my head now.

  9. #23 by Laurie Graves on August 30, 2019 - 14:58

    Surely that is the snazziest cone of shame in the neighborhood. So snazzy it really can’t be called a cone of shame. As Kathy noted, a cone of style. Hope Henry soon recovers so that he doesn’t need any kind of cone.

    • #24 by tialys on August 30, 2019 - 15:43

      Me too. I think he’s getting a bit depressed 😿

  10. #26 by thecontentedcrafter on August 30, 2019 - 19:59

    Now that is a super improvement – a bit of comfort, upstyling and a thoroughly marketable idea! What a godsend it would be for those poor kitties who have to suffer through the ignominy of being denied self care. Get well soon Henry xoxo

    • #27 by tialys on August 31, 2019 - 10:03

      Thanks Pauline – only 5 days to go now. At least I hope so, there’s always the chance it won’t have healed up properly and the vet extends the agony. 😿

  11. #28 by jendavismiller on August 30, 2019 - 21:19

    Oh Henry, you poor old guy. But look at you now, in your stylish headgear, no wonder you wander (couldn’t resist) to the neighbors to show it off. Lynn, if you suddenly have random pets with self-inflicted wounds on your doorstep, you’ll need to start up some new inventory.

    • #29 by tialys on August 31, 2019 - 10:01

      I could hold a cat fashion show with the neighbourhood ‘street cats’ as models to raise funds for cat rescue charities. We wouldn’t need a catwalk 🤣

  12. #30 by sew2pro on August 30, 2019 - 23:51

    Henry Tudor looks very handsome and I hope the new accessory has won him extra distinction amongst his mates.

    How kind of you to think of his creature comforts.

    Poor Frappe (now 14) has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism so we’ve been doing the TLC here too, with a daily administration of a pill (cut into quarters and hidden in chunks of prawn). I feel for you for having to do the syringe thing. Hope Henry adjusts over the next few days and then it’ll soon be over.

    • #31 by tialys on August 31, 2019 - 09:58

      Actually, I find it easier to direct a squirt of liquid down his throat by syringe than administer a pill. All my cats can detect the presence of a pill whatever I bury it in and trying to administer it on its own is a dangerous pursuit. I have about 8 boxes of cat worming tablets I bought all at once to save postage and I can’t get a single cat to swallow one.
      Henry sends licks to Frappe 🐱

  13. #32 by Chocoviv on August 31, 2019 - 06:34

    Awwww…. poor little one!

    • #33 by tialys on August 31, 2019 - 09:50

      He’s getting a bit depressed now I think. Only another 5 days to go, hopefully.

  14. #34 by Kim on August 31, 2019 - 08:41

    Poor Henry. The other benefit from his stylish come is that you won’t get bruised on your legs when he walks into you. Possibly not so much of a problem with cats but my dog left us all well bruised after a spell in the cone. Hope he’s improving daily 😘

    • #35 by tialys on August 31, 2019 - 09:49

      I’ve had plenty of ‘dog cone’ experience too and, I agree, It’s worse for your soft bits.
      He’s had the last of his medications today – apart from the hypertension stuff which he’ll be on for life – so that will make life a bit easier for him (and me). Doesn’t have the stitches out until Wednesday though so the collar will have to stay on at least until then.

  15. #36 by Evie Jones on August 31, 2019 - 11:00

    They probably think he’s a very cool cat! Poor wee man….he’s in the wars. But that new cone will surely help him feel more comfortable.

    • #37 by tialys on August 31, 2019 - 16:37

      If I make another one – and with 5 cats and 2 dogs it’s a distinct possibility – I might add a layer of wadding or some fleecy interfacing for even more comfort.

  16. #38 by nanacathy2 on August 31, 2019 - 19:28

    It’s quite a snazzy look. Sending healing thoughts… xx

    • #39 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:38

      Thanks Cathy – he goes back on Wednesday and, if she shays he’s got to keep it on any longer, I (and he) might well go mad.

  17. #40 by Dartmoor Yarns on August 31, 2019 - 20:30

    Aw! Poor Henry – he really has been in the wars. And what a good mummy you are! Maybe you should start to market buster collar covers?

    • #41 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:39

      It did occur to me but when you need one you need one immediately don’t you?

      • #42 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 2, 2019 - 21:01

        There’s a market. I ordered a ‘comfy collar’ off the internet, because for years Mr Hicks had to wear one every time we left him alone because of his allergies.

      • #43 by tialys on September 3, 2019 - 09:52


  18. #44 by magpiesue on September 2, 2019 - 05:24

    Truly brilliant and humane solution to the collar of shame.

    • #45 by tialys on September 2, 2019 - 14:39

      Certainly looks better too.

  19. #46 by Born To Organize on September 18, 2019 - 07:14

    Poor Henry. I’m sorry to read about his hypertension and the wars. I’m glad you’ve been able to make him more comfortable with your stylishly improved collar/cone. It’s so hard when they aren’t well. Sending extra snuggles to the little fellow.

    • #47 by tialys on September 18, 2019 - 17:50

      Well, his stitches are out and he seems to be back to normal in the ear department. He still has to have his hypertension medicine every day but he seems to have got used to the routine of that which is just as well as he’ll be on it for life. He thanks you for the extra snuggles.

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