Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some of the questions we get about Kitty Kollars. If you have a question that’s not answered on the website, please feel free to contact us and of course your veterinarian.
How does the skin stay sanitary?
You will be supplied with six changes of e-Tube protector pads which go directly against the skin. They have holes in them so they can slide right over the tube, against the skin, and the kollar goes on top of them. The cotton will absorb any drainage from the site as well as protect from any spills of formula from above to keep the wound pristine. Additional pads can be ordered from this site. The pads are not sterile but this is usually not necessary for this application.
How do I change the collar?
Changing the kollar is simple and straightforward, and there is NO bandaging required. For details, see the Changing the Kitty Kollar page.
How long can the collar be worn?
The kollar is designed to be worn continuously, as long as the tube is in place. The kollar should be removed and washed at least once weekly. It is a good idea to have “one to wash and one to wear” so your cat is never without protection. Some cats are pretty adept at removing tubes in a short time if the site is left uncovered.
How many pads will I need?
It depends on how often you are changing your kollar. Follow your vet’s recommendations for that. In the beginning, you will change pads more frequently, as often as daily, because the site will be draining. Once the site “settles down” the drainage will be less (there will always be some) so you should be able to change the pad less but we recommend to change pads at least two-three times weekly to give you a chance to inspect the site. That way you can catch infections or problems before they become serious. It is tempting to just “leave the kollar alone” since it keeps things so clean and dry but you must still inspect the site.
Why doesn’t my vet have them in stock?
Kitty Kollars are relatively new to the market and there are many vets who are not yet familiar with them who have been bandaging e-tubes for the same way for many years. We are working hard to make vets aware of them by attending conferences and sending out information, and you can help by showing your collar to your vet. Once they see how they work veterinarians tend to become supporters of the product. The kollars are readily available to vets to purchase via their regular distributors.
Why is my tube so much longer than the ones in the pictures?
Tubes come in different lengths to accommodate smaller and larger pets. Sometimes a veterinarian will have to use a tube that is better suited for a larger pet because the procedure is a rush or he/she does not have access to other tubes. The good news is that you can modify the length of the tube using our adapters. (See All About Syringes and scroll down to “Adapter Christmas Tree Plugs with Cap.”). Check with your vet first, and if he/she agrees you can modify the tube length.