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Cat Parents Create Helmets For Their Special Needs Felines

August 8, 2013
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It was bound to happen, but honestly, I was still surprised when it did: Cat parents have stepped up and created helmets that their special needs cats can wear to protect them from the inevitable bumps, crashes, and tumbles.

Within 24 hours, I saw folks post on Facebook about two very different types of helmets that they’ve created for their felines, and the community went wild.

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The first was a crocheted helmet (center, right) created by Françoise for her CH kitty, Lucas.

Françoise’s helmet is a variation of a baby’s crocheted hat. By making a few modifications, like adding holes for the ears, it quickly changed from a cute baby hat to a practical safety device.

Meanwhile, Jennifer made a helmet for her cat, Handicat, out of a tennis ball and some foam (left). She said when Handicat was younger she had a soft spot on her head, so the helmet helped protect it.

Interestingly, the cat parents said while there was an adjustment period, both cats got used to wearing the helmets.

I absolutely love that cat parents are getting creative and are finding solutions to help their cats.

Do you think your cat needs a helmet? Have you tried creating a helmet for your cat in the past? Do you think you’ll make one now? Please share in the comments!

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Monika permalink
    August 8, 2013 5:28 pm

    This post is so funny to us as we were jokingly talking about making a helmet for our kit Molly.. I had gotten a package that was wrapped in “bubble wrap” and I was seriously thinking about making a helmet/body wrap for our kit..

  2. natsera permalink
    August 9, 2013 1:22 pm

    I think those helmets are a GREAT idea, and I congratulate and applaud the cat parents who thought up the idea.

  3. December 10, 2013 9:53 am

    Do you happen to have more detailed information on how either of these helmets were made? My cat is blind and has been bumping into things since I moved.

    • December 26, 2013 2:17 pm

      Hi Dana,
      I’m sorry for the delayed response. No, I don’t have more information, but you may be able to find more by doing searches online. Good luck!

  4. Suzie Sweeting permalink
    March 22, 2014 1:34 pm

    Have crippled siamese who wants to bike with mother. Urgently need crash hat for him. Help!

  5. kate permalink
    October 26, 2014 9:49 am

    great ideas!Our cat likes to get into bad battles with the neighbor cat and is always getting his head beat up! Time for a tennis ball helmet!

    • September 26, 2015 8:14 pm

      The same problem. My last cat died losing his eye in such a battle. I’m thinking of sime kind of goggles or plastic screen, like police forces have.

  6. May 17, 2015 12:07 pm

    I have a CHcat with epilepsy and has some balance issues. He likes to go outside but we have concrete out there. Sometimes he’ll fall over and bang his head. I’m going to ask my crocheting friend to make me one for my Goliath. He needs the padding more on the sides than on top.

  7. November 8, 2015 6:19 pm

    I’m more interested in police-type clear plastic helmet, so other cat wouldn’t be able to catch it wit it’s claws.

  8. LaurieW permalink
    July 1, 2016 3:32 pm

    The first one looks like part of a tennis ball glued to a stretchy hat, you could use a newborn hat and line it with a softer molded or carved styrofoam. Maybe use a foam ball cut in half??? Racking my brain for ideas…….will now be walking through the dollar store, walmart, and craft store looking for ideas

  9. Sheriann Bricknell permalink
    July 14, 2016 2:00 pm

    Is there anyone out there who makes these to sell? I have 2 CH kitties that need head protection.

    • November 24, 2016 11:52 pm

      Sheriann, you can buy pet helmets on Amazon. They don’t have ear holes, but they would do a really good job!

  10. Kristen permalink
    April 12, 2017 6:09 pm

    Looking for pattern for the green crocheted helmet shown in the picture, for a CH kitty.

  11. Gina permalink
    July 5, 2017 9:40 pm

    Yes! I definitely need a helmet for my cat! He is about 8 months old and suffered a TBI at around 4 months. He’s a special little character. He frequently goes into bursts of energy flying around the room like a crazy kitten only he has neurological problems and very limited sight. I’m so scared he will hurt himself despite all the precautions I take. He needs a helmet for sure! I don’t know how to crochet though and would probably need to have a light layer of additional padding on the inside. I would love to find someone who could make me one. I’ll pay of course. Is there anyway you could help me get in contact with the woman who made the crocheted one? Please and thank you 🙂

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