Yes, that is a sherbet lid around my kitty's neck. And yes, I may have thought it was a good idea to put it there. And, perhaps it was my hand that squeezed it over the poor cat's head.
You see, we are dealing with an unfortunate case of ringworm. There is a small tuft of fur missing on the kitty's shoulder (hidden by the homemade e-collar). She needs to wear the collar so that she doesn't lick off the ringworm medication, get sick, puke all over, and die. But, cheap that we are, we didn't want to shell out $10-$15 for the official, fancy-pants, "real" e-collar. Hence a perfect example of at-home, redneck veterinary care.
Do you see how the poor cat has hung her head in shame? Is she wishing a different family, one that will buy a blinged out e-collar took her home from the Humane Society? You know. The kind all the cool cats get when fighting off a fungal infection.
I admit to feeling pity while looking at her. She looks like those pictures of wildlife that get their heads stuck in plastic rings and end up starving to death because food is too restricted to get down to their belly. Once again, please don't call Animal Welfare. The ring is temporary and not too tight.
I am glad that there was not a larger patch of ringworm that she would be able to get to with such a small collar on. I would have hated to go to the enormous ice cream pail lid size. Now THAT would look downright silly.
I also feel bad that this is her online debut. Our cat Yoda Bob met an unexpected end a few months back. So, with the relatively new addition of this cat, we are up to two cats again.
Let me formally introduce you to Miss Ninja Snugglebug. With this many people in the family, sometimes unusual compromises need to be made on pet names.