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Health Talk: Cone of Shame Precludes Need for Barf Bags

A Connecticut vet finds e-collars help patients avoid vomiting on the way to and from his office.

Jackie Brown  |  Aug 18th 2016


Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.

It’s no secret that most cats don’t enjoy cars. Many get carsick, which leads to drooling and vomiting — not to mention the accompanying yowl fest. You would complain, too!

Well, one veterinarian seems to have stumbled upon a simple, drug-free, stress-free way to curb your kitty’s car sickness for good: an E-collar.

Cat in e-collar by Shutterstock

Cat in e-collar by Shutterstock

Dr. Tom Morganti of Avon, Connecticut, had a feline patient who always got carsick on the way to and from the clinic. One day, the cat needed surgery and had to wear an Elizabethan collar — you know, the cone of shame.

His owners were surprised when their cat didn’t throw up on the way home, nor did he barf when they came back to get his stitches removed. They told Morganti, who then began advising the owners of some of his other feline patients to try an E-collar in the car. So far it’s worked for more than a dozen cats.