What is the Kitty Kollar?
The Kitty Kollar® is a washable, fabric collar designed to wear in conjunction with an esophageal feeding tube (e-tube). The kollar replaces the gauze and bandaging normally used to hold the tube in place, keeping it more sanitary, more stable (less likely to be removed), more protected against scratching and damage, and more comfortable.
How does the collar work?
The kollar has a buttonhole on the left side of the neck for the E-Tube to pass through to the outside. The hole is about an inch wide and thus accommodates most tubes including those with Y-ports. A hook and loop (Velcro®) fastener closure strap folds over the end to secure the loose end of the tube when not in use. The kollar secures using hook and loop fastener material under the neck, allowing for a custom fit. There is a small loop of fabric at the bottom for hanging your pet’s ID tags/bell which may also help to weight the kollar and keep it in the correct position.
If you have an exceptionally long tube (more than 8-9 inches from the neck opening) you may wish to get a Double Velcro kollar (pictured right). This kollar has a second Velcro strip to help secure the additional length of tube.
Another option is to shorten your tube using our adapter. See All About Syringes, and scroll down to “Adapter Christmas Tree Plugs with Cap.”
What colors are available?
We use a variety of attractive prints for Kollars. With over 100 patterns in rotation, it’s not possible to send pictures. So we ask you to choose from the following categories:
- Plaid – tartan, gingham, or tablecloth plaids.
- Pattern – cat prints, ticking stripes, geometric prints, etc.
- Floral/Girly – various colors of floral prints, pink styles such as polka dot, and feminine patterns.
- Leopard – plush fur in realistic leopard/wild cat prints shown in browns and blacks.
- Solid – soft colors such as baby blue, pink, and cream in terry-like fabric.
With the category, you can note a preference (for example, “I’d like to have some purple in it” or “Anything but orange”), and we will choose the best match.
In addition, for 2016 we have added two new deluxe prints that you can specify. They are small leopard spotted print in shades of either blue or hot pink fur. (Velcro and back are black.) The fabric is more expensive, so there is a $2 surcharge for these colors – but they are gorgeous! These furs wash as well as the other fabrics.
What sizes are available?
The kollars are available in six sizes: Extra Small, Petite, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. Our kollars fit a wide range of pets (including kitties and kanines), from those weighing just a couple of pounds to pets weighing over 100 pounds. See the Before You Order page for information about measuring your pet and choosing the proper size of collar. PLEASE do not guess at size based on your pet’s weight because you have a high likelihood of ordering the wrong size and it will not be returnable.
What styles are available?
The classic kollar has a single strip of Velcro to secure most tubes. If you have an extra long tube (more than 8″ from where it enters the body) you may wish to purchase the Double Velcro kollar, which has a second strip of Velcro to help secure the extra length of tube. This kollar is available in one color only, which varies with our available fabrics. We stock the Double Velcro kollar in our most popular sizes of petite and small; if you require a different size you must call to order.
Only authentic Kitty Kollars include our logo on the label.
Each of our kollars bears our logo on the label. Unfortunately, we’ve seen some off-brand kollars out there, and we’d appreciate your help in locating those responsible. Only genuine Kitty Kollars are made in the US, approved by veterinarians and tested for proper fit, wear, and safety. So check for the label, and accept no substitutes!