Cats will be cats… Last month Marmalade managed to scratch his eye on something, I’d been re-arranging our cluttered closet and then went to the kitchen to make a cuppa (I’m British and need regular cups of tea to survive, especially on cleaning days!) … Of course Marm followed me to make sure I wasn’t handing out anything edible and I noticed straight away that there was an issue.
His eye was obviously irritating him and he was squinting, there was no visible debris in his eye, but we knew that it would require another vet visit – URGH! It was a sunday afternoon but luckily we got an appointment a couple hours later at a nearby vet clinic, where they stained the surface of his eye and immediately we could see the abrasion, nothing mega serious but still bad enough… I’m 99% sure that he scraped his eye on the horrible popcorn ceiling we have in our apartment when he was squeezing between a storage bin and the top of our closet – Yet another reason to get rid of popcorn ceilings!
After we were all done torturing poor Marm with eye drops and taking his temperature, the vet tech told me that they had ran out of e-collars, AKA “Cones of Shame”… it was getting late so I had to drop Marm off back home and leave him with Jess monitoring him as best she could to keep him from messing with his eye and then dash off to the local Petco to see what I could find!
I picked up a small sized material e-collar that looked like it would do the trick and then headed home, this design also required a regular collar to fit more securely and Marm wasn’t impressed!
This collar design was sturdy and rugged, but it was also pretty darn heavy and of course it limited Marmalade’s field of vision which I think was the main source of frustration for him … After a restless night for both humans and cats, I headed back to Petco to see what else they had to offer and came across the ZenPet inflatable ProCollar, I’d never seen these before and was a bit skeptical so I also grabbed a regular clear plastic collar as well.
Once I returned home we decided to try the Inflatable collar first, in theory it sounded amazing, it was lightweight and wouldn’t block his field of view … but I kept the receipt close by because I thought it was just a matter of time before Marm freaked out and it was deemed useless! … Luckily Marm took to it like he wasn’t even wearing anyhing, we followed him around just waiting for the head shakes to start and for his tiny head to pop out and for him to disappear in a ginger blur! … Still nothing! We were keeping our fingers crossed that this wasn’t the calm before the storm and fortunately our positive vibes paid off and Marm just continued to go about doing his general cat stuff with ease and we both breathed a sigh of relief!
I don’t usually brag about products, but since we tried this one and Marmalade definitely tested it! … Plus I’m sure many people out there have experienced the same problems, I felt compelled to give this collar a shout-out 🙂
Marmalade had to keep this collar on for two weeks straight while we administered eye drops every 12 hours (we gave him regular supervised breaks) and I think by the end of the fortnight he was actually enjoying having his very own built in catnap pillow! The inflatable collar didn’t restrict his movements, he could still jump and play on the cat tree and it also made for two very relieved cat parents.
Marm is quite the handful when he doesn’t want to do something, at the vet clinic where he had his chemotherapy treatments he had a “bad boy” reputation among the vet techs and during his last few check-ups I had to go in the room alone and put a face mask on him to prevent him from biting them! So believe me, if he had wanted out of this collar, he would have made it happen!
As you can see above this wasn’t his first experience with an e-collar, after he had his cancerous tumor removed the vet clinic gave us this lightweight collar that was also very good. He ended up wearing it kind of like a cape instead but it did the job and prevented him from messing with his stitches and was also relatively comfortable…
I also set-up a recovery area for Marm to keep him from moving around too much after his surgery and you can see what he thought to that idea! …
So I had to follow him around like a toddler for many days after the surgery to make sure he wasn’t overdoing it. To round up… we definitely recommend the inflatable ProCollar it made life much easier for Marm (and human servants), his eye recovered completely and he’s back to his goofy self, YAY! 🙂
You can see some video footage of Marmalade wearing the inflatable collar in this video:
What do you think? Share your cat recovery stories and tips in the comments section below…
Thanks fur reading 🙂