Why Cat Collars Are Important

Cat collars are still an important precaution. It’s a tried and true measure, that helps to safely reunite you with your cat, if she becomes lost. This is because they can help others to immediately identify your pet, find the owners contact information and/or learn about any medical conditions that need to be addressed.

However, it is possible that your cat may not be so eager to wear a cat collar—at least not at first. But with a little time, patience and gentle perseverance, your cat can get used to wearing a cat collar. In the hope of helping to employ best practices, this article presents some methods to consider, when the time comes for you to Put A Collar On Your Cat.

Choose A Time

When trying to get your cat accustomed to wearing a cat collar, planning when you’re going to train your cat is important. It would be ideal to consider a time when your cat is calm, less defensive and perhaps even preoccupied.

Ideas to consider

  • Meal time
  • Rest time
  • Play time
  • Petting time
  • After a catnip high

Getting Your Cat Familiar

At the time that you’ve chosen to begin training, lay the collar down in front of your cat and allow her to observe, identify and become accustomed to it. Remember, this is a new object that you are introducing, so it’s important that your cat becomes familiarized with it, before you can place it on her neck.

Using Your Cat’s Scent

Consider putting your cat’s scent on the collar, by rubbing it in your kitty’s bedding. You can also try dabbing a gentle cloth on the edges of your cat’s mouth, then rubbing the scent from the cloth onto the cat collar. The logic behind this method, is that her scent, will allow her to easily identify with the object.

Using Pheromones

You can also consider spraying synthetic pheromones on the collar, to help your cat become more comfortable with it. Just remember that patience is important. Forcing or going faster then your cat is willing to go, can have an adverse affect.

Placing The Collar Around Your Cat’s Neck

At a time when your cat is relaxed and receptive—without bringing too much attention to your actions—begin to slowly and carefully, put the collar around her neck. While you are placing the collar, speak to your cat with a tone that is calm and relaxing. Try to associate the placing of the collar, with an enjoyable moment, that ends with you giving your cat a treat.

A Few Tips

  • Your kitty might paw at the collar to try and remove it
  • The first wearing shouldn’t last long—after a few minutes, remove the collar
  • Try placing the collar everyday, increasing the length of time it stays on your cat
  • Take as much time as your cat needs to get used to the collar
  • Treats can be used as a training tool for positive association
  • Every time your cat keeps the collar on without fidgeting, give her a treat
  • Don’t give your cat a treat, if she manages to paw the collar off

Make sure your cat’s collar fits

When putting a collar around your cat’s neck, it’s important to pay close attention to how it fits. Try to avoid making it too tight or too loose. The goal is to find a comfortable balance, that is most safe for your cat. A way to measure the fit, is by comfortably inserting 2 to 3 fingers in-between your cat’s neck and the collar. Try to wait until your cat is completely relaxed. If she has a tense neck, you may not get a proper measure/fit. While inserting your fingers, don’t pull the collar. If it doesn’t fit at first, take it off and readjust it.

Routinely inspect your cat’s collar

If your cat is still young, then you’ll need to routinely check the the fit of the collar. This is because she is still growing, overtime, the size change can make the collar very uncomfortable, if not periodically adjusted. Consider, keeping an eye on weight changes as well. If your cat’s weight tends to fluctuate, then the collar can potentially loosen or constrain around the neck. In either case, you’ll need to adjust the collar accordingly. 

Picking a collar that’s safe

When you buy a cat collar, it’s important to consider the safety of your cat first. They’ll be a lot of collars to choose from, but a Breakaway/Quick Release Collar is widely considered the safest type of cat collar. This is because it is designed to quickly open and release if it gets caught on a branch, piece of furniture or any other protruding objects. In short, when pressure is applied, Breakaway Collars instantly open.

Examine The Collar

To avoid safety hazards, it’s a good idea to closely examine the cat collars that interest you. Check for coarse or sharp ended materials/objects that can do damage to your pet’s skin. Look at the threading to make sure that it’s well crafted and does not easily pull apart. Also, be sure that the collar’s clasp, does not have any sharp or protruding objects that can potentially be dangerous. 

Evaluate the quality of the clasp. If it pulls apart with very little effort, then your cat won’t have a collar for very long. It’s ideal to have a collar with a clasp, that releases when a medium amount of pressure is applied. The size and weight of your cat is also an important consideration, when judging clasp quality. A smaller cat, that weighs less, may require a clasp that opens with less force than say, a bigger/heavier cat.

Why elastic collars aren’t a safe choice

There are collars that contain elastic material. This allows the collar to stretch wide enough to allow your cat to escape, if it’s caught on something. The danger is that the stretched, elastic collar, can get stuck in your cat’s mouth or it can trap a paw, causing serious injury to your cat. If this happens to your cat, take them to the veterinarian immediately.

In conclusion, cat collars are an important means of identifying your cat. Although it may take some time, to get your cat used to wearing a cat collar, the benefit will be worth the time it takes to train her. Also, if you take the time to choose a safe and proper collar, you can avoid injuring your cat with a carelessly made product. If you put your cat’s safety first, a cat collar can be a simple and inexpensive precaution, that can serve both you and your cat. Thanks for reading.