Instructions for use

A video tutorial on how to assemble:

Create correctly

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ANIMALS ALSO WANT TO UNDERSTAND! …and no one knows better than us pet owners how well they can do it ! Yet sometimes we forget to explain something new to them as well – yes, simply with our language like with a child!

For example, it happens again and again that the cats of our customers get their new OPTIVIZOR eye protection “just put on” – after the surgery or even during the fitting; and often the natural reaction is: defense! A cat who wakes up from anesthesia, is in pain, and then FIRST wears a mask on her head, concludes quite clearly: “The new mask is to blame for my new pain – so it has to come off, then the pain will stop! ” The goal will haunt them for days…..especially if the cats are also blind and can’t even see what’s happening. That’s why:

  • Before putting the mask on for the first time, please let the cat sniff it thoroughly and rub its face on it; – TELL the cat what the mask is good for.
  • for blind cats: One imagines besides the cat with the mask on the head intensively
  • Put the mask in the cat’s basket so that it gets used to the idea.
  • later repeat above and THEN REPLACE FIRST
  • praising the cat very much and telling it how smart it looks
  • try to let the cat look at itself in the mirror – but do not force it!
  • blind cats always also tell what you are doing !

And DON’T FORGET: Promise her favorite treat as a reward for her cooperation!

IMPORTANT! When you put the mask on the cat for the first time, make sure: the mask must be closed so tightly at the neck that the cat can not take it off to the front ! If she succeeds once, he will try again and again….

The NOVAGUARD is designed for maximum customization – allowing high flexibility and affordable product prices. So please don’t expect a NOVAGUARD to always have the perfect fit right away – it can’t be.

When you put the mask on the cat for the first time, make sure: the mask must be closed so tightly at the neck that the cat can not take it off to the front ! If she succeeds once, she will try again and again….

IMPORTANT ! Loose neck and throat fur must not be trapped under the NOVGUARD; otherwise it will push in all directions with the fur and will not fit tightly. After closing the Velcro fastener, hold the mask firmly with one hand and pull the fur out towards the back and chest.

Please observe first how the cat behaves with the NOVAGUARD. Does he have a loose neck fur and can push it back? Is he particularly limber and can get everywhere ? Occasionally, cats find a way to “get around” it despite a sufficiently long mask – then an already shortened mask is quickly too short.

Most cats have such thick fur that they do not need padding underneath. For cats with too thin or no fur (e.g. Agyptian Mau, Sphynx) we recommend self-help if necessary, e.g. by lining with foam rubber or taping with Leukoplast.

Cheap foam rubber – already cut into strips – you can get e.g. HERE at (

If the dog has a very broad head, only insert the side strip into the first three slits – the ear cut-out will then be larger when you put it on. Once the correct position has been found, the side strips should be “braided” through as many slits as possible. Make sure that the colored side stripe ALWAYS ENDS OUTSIDE! The side strips must be inserted in at least three slots. In this case, and if your pet puts a lot of stress on the mask (e.g. large young or very lively dogs), it is recommended to additionally fix the side strip (if necessary with a rivet through each thicker end of the side strip)

If the NOVAGUARD is the right size but cuts in a little under the neck, the edge can be carefully cut out and thus extended (dashed line). File the cut edge smooth or mask it with Leukoplast.

Here we show you on FLICKR how the Novaguard is assembled – or can be taken apart in reverse order after use and stored completely flat.

Here on FLICKR we show more views of the innovative Novaguard – the mask as a wearer-friendly alternative to the neck collar.