How Does a Cat Eat While Wearing an Elizabethan Collar?

Elizabethan collars are common for pets post-surgery.
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If your sweet kitty experiences any type of surgery, don't be surprised if she comes home to you sporting a rather whimsical looking cone-shaped Elizabethan collar, also known as an e-collar. The collars are designed to prevent pets from licking healing surgical incisions.


Recovery from surgery doesn't happen overnight, whether it involves spaying, urethral blockage or anything else. If your cat has an Elizabethan collar, she will definitely need to wear it while eating for a while, as frustrating as it may be for her. In fact, for spaying or neutering, the ASPCA indicates that pets need to keep the collars on for roughly seven to 10 days.


If a cat's Elizabethan collar was placed on appropriately, she indeed may eat as usually with it on. No need to do anything special or out of the ordinary. Your cat may find the process rather awkward and sloppy initially, but with a little bit of time, she should be able to get used to the temporary, slightly uncomfortable situation. To make things more comfortable for your recovering fluff ball, you can raise her food and water bowls.

Refusal to Eat

A cat may express no interest in eating while the Elizabethan collar is on. This may be due to the frustration of the collar or simply due to loss of appetite post-surgery. If your cat persistently stays away from the food bowls for more than a day or so, though, notify your veterinarian.

Temporary Removal

Keep the Elizabethan collar remain in place for the specified amount of time. If your cat just can't seem to get the knack of eating with the collar on, you may take it off while she's eating as long as you can closely monitor her and make sure she's not chewing or licking any wounds. As soon as she completes her meal, it's time for you to properly put the collar back on for her.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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