How to Make a Soft Elizabethan Collar for Cats

When licking prevents healing, an Elizabethan collar can help.

When licking prevents healing, an Elizabethan collar can help.

Cats are fastidious groomers, but at times licking can do harm. Elizabethan collars are stiff cones made to fit around a cat’s head and neck to prevent him from accessing and aggravating a healing injury. You can make a soft Elizabethan collar to keep your kitty safe and comfortable.

Measure the circumference of your cat’s head with a soft measuring tape. Measure the widest part of the skull, pulling the tape firmly around the cat’s head to get an accurate measurement.

Draw a circle with the same circumference as your cat's head in the middle of a paper plate. Cut the circle out with a pair of sharp scissors.

Add a line of glue along the inside edge of the cut-out circle. Attach a strip of foam to the plate. Place one edge of the foam over the wet glue, and fold the strip of foam so that it covers the rough edge of the plate. Glue down the free edge of the foam.

Lay the plate on a flat surface, and weigh it down with a heavy object such as a jug of milk. This helps bond the protective foam tightly to the plate so it won't come off as you use the collar.

Slip the collar over your cat’s head. Push it down until it rests in the middle of the cat’s neck. The plate is flexible enough to allow the cat to eat, and the foam makes your new Elizabethan collar soft and comfortable for your cat.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper plates
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Strip of soft foam
  • Glue


  • Never leave an Elizabethan collar on an unsupervised cat.

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