When your cat had to get surgery or has a wound, cat owners are no stranger to using Elizabethan collars—otherwise known as the “cone of shame.” Not only do cats typically hate these collars, but they are also quite restrictive.
If you want an alternative option that you can make at home with a few quick snips and cuts, there are plenty of DIY options to give your cat—and you—a nice change of pace. These next few DIYs are easy to assemble, cheap to make, and secure. Buckle up while we teach you how to make a cat cone!
Benefits of DIY Cat Cones
Elizabethan collars don’t work for all animals. They’re bulky, irritating, and oversized. If your cat can’t deal, there are far more comfortable ways to keep them both safe and comfortable.
DIY cat cones can be better because:
If you’re extra crafty, you can even customize your cat cone with style. Let’s take a look at these awesome DIY options.
Top 10 DIY Cat Cone Plans
1. Paper Plate Cat Cone
This little DIY is probably the easiest alternative to an Elizabethan collar. It’s likely the cheapest, too. Buying one pack of paper party-pack plates will last the whole time your cat needs to wear the collar to protect them from wounds or scratching.
A couple of snips and ties and you can put it around them. If it tears or they break away, you can grab another one and do the same.
2. Old Socks, Anyone?
There are some upsides to your socks getting eaten by the dryer—finally, a use for your miss-matches! This DIY cat collar is totally simple and you can probably make it for no cost. If you have an old sock, stuffing materials, and a safety pin, you have all you need!
You can improvise with the stuffing. Use some plastic bags, shredded newspapers, or even other cut-up socks.
3. Alternative Pet Cone—Onesie
If your cat squirms out of a cone—no matter the type—this is a great alternative to keep them from licking or tearing at problem areas. All you need is an old baby onesie or old shirt.
You make a few leg holes, a tail hole, and strips to tie—and you’re golden.
4. Foam E-Collar
For this e-collar alternative, you use simple foam piping that’s pretty inexpensive. You cut measured chunks out of the inside, creating a zig-zag shape. Once you have the general shape made, you wrap it up with strong tape.
You can use the string of your choice to tie the collar up—and there you go!
5. Soft Pet Cone
You can really personalize and style this DIY collar. Choose any type of color, pattern, or style you think looks snazzy on your kitty. You need simple hand sewing skills, an iron, and a little patience.
Once you finish up, your cat may like it better and they’ll look seriously picture-worthy, too.
6. Soft Fabric Elizabethan Collar
This collar is a bit more time-consuming to make than other selections, but it’s also very useful. You have to take some measurements to create an appropriately sized circle on a piece of thick poster board or cardboard.
You’ll need a pair of scissors, a compass, tape, a hole punch, and a decorative ribbon or string.
7. Posterboard E-Collar
In this video, the instructor teaches you how to put together a handy little posterboard collar that’s easy as pie. You even get to watch a handsome feline model help out with measurements. The video guides you step-by-step on how to cut and piece together the collar so you can create a snug fit.
This collar is another inexpensive, easy-to-assemble choice if you’re less crafty and need something quick.
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DIY Cat Cone: Final Thoughts
As you can see, you can get as fancy or as simple as you like. Learning how to make a cat cone can give your kitty the best wear for their body. You can finally say goodbye to the annoying cone of shame for good—and your cat will thank you for it.
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