How do I Keep my Cat from Biting Herself?

Sometimes cats become fixated on grooming a particular area.  It could be due to flea bites or an injury, but their grooming can actually be detrimental to their healing.  Kevin R. writes:

What can I do from home to give my cat Scroungy some relief from biting herself raw until I can get her to her vet? I am so frustrated and desperate! PLEASE HELP!

Kevin, there's only one reliable way to stop Scroungy from biting herself, and that's by using a barrier.  The standard is the "cone of shame" that fits like a collar and has a plastic cone.  The trouble with these is that they're terribly uncomfortable for cats when they lie down to sleep.

One alternative is the padded or inflatable collar.  These are okay for dogs but cats are much more flexible.  They can usually maneuver around the collar fairly easily.

 
 

The best alternative that we've seen is the soft cone.  Kong makes a very good one that's inexpensive and works very well.  You just have to be careful not to over-tighten it since it uses a draw string instead of a collar at the base.  You may also want to trim the pull strings a bit to keep them out of Scroungy's way.

We think this is one of those items that every home with a cat should have on hand.  You never know when an injury will occur and it's better to be prepared.  Hopefully, you can find a local source for these.  If not, most pet stores will carry the hard cones.  Those will definitely do in a pinch.

This poster actually made their own protective collar from heavy paper.  If you have materials on hand, you might be able to fashion something similar:  https://www.cuteness.com/article/make-soft-elizabethan-collar-cats

We hope you get Scroungy to the veterinarian soon and that you're able to get her problem sorted out!