How to Make a Cat Muzzle

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Items you will need

  • Paper cup

  • Scissors

  • Ribbon

Cats often become furious when you clean their ears, clip their couch-shredding claws or wash their bodies in the kitchen sink. If your cat is unruly, and you're tired of the puncture wounds its teeth leave in your fingers, try a cat muzzle. In many cases, a muzzle will calm your cat, much the same way blinders keep horses from spooking. Eliminate the hissing, lay down its hackles, put up your leather hawking-glove and strap a muzzle on your cat.

Make sure the cup will cover the cat's eyes and mouth. The cup should not extend over its ears.

Cut a hole into the bottom of the cup with scissors. This hole should be about the size of a quarter. It will ensure the cat can breath easily.

Pierce two holes into the top of the cup with scissors. These holes only need to be big enough to run a piece of ribbon through. The holes should be about 1/2-inch from the rim and 180 degrees from each other.

Cut your ribbon into two pieces. Each piece should be 4-inches long. Run a piece of ribbon through the hole below the rim of the cup and tie it into a knot just above the rim. Do likewise with other piece of ribbon through the other hole.

Secure the cup over your cat's face. Then run the pieces of ribbon under the cat's ears and tie the pieces together on the backside of the cat's head, at the base of its skull. The ribbons should tightly secure the cup to the cat so that it cannot easily remove the cup from its face.

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Joshua Jericho began writing professionally in 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of Arkansas, where he still attends as a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts. He has been published in Applause and is a Best New Poets 2011 nominee.