When it comes to cat collars, there are quite a few on the market, that are very fashionable. A stylish look can be a driving factor in how some choose their cat’s collar. However, regardless of looks, when choosing a collar for your cat, it’s important to consider her activities and how much your cat is being monitored—if at all.
Traditional or Breakaway Collars
Understanding your cat’s activities, will help you to decide between two basic cat collar designs: Traditional or Breakaway Collars. Most are familiar with the Traditional Collar, as the design is similar to a belt buckle and/or a clasp, that takes some effort to be opened—and can only be done by hand. Breakaway Cat Collars are created with a simple clasp design, that can pop open easily, when pulled apart by an opposing force.
The Breakaway Collar
The Breakaway Collar is more appropriate for an outdoor cat, that likes to roam free without being monitored. If your cat likes to come and go as she pleases, then you probably won’t be around to help, if her collar gets caught while walking through a thicket of bushes. It gets even more dangerous, if your cat likes to climb trees. In such a situation, your cat will need a collar that will quickly release itself, in order to break free.
The Traditional Collar
Other concerns for a freely wandering kitty are fences, jagged edged openings and protruding objects, that can latch onto her collar. If your cat is wearing a Traditional Collar while dealing with these situations, undue strain can be put on your cat’s neck. This can cause strangulation or even death. Traditional Collars are more suited for indoor cats, that do not stray outside and are being monitored for a reasonable amount of time.
Whether you choose a Traditional or Breakaway Collar, size is another issue that needs your attention. This is because a collar that is too large, can lend itself to getting hung-up on a protruding object. Also, if they aren’t accustomed to wearing the collar yet, they’ll most likely try to take it off. This will increase the potential of a paw or bottom jaw becoming stuck in the process. In order to make sure the collar is sized comfortably, put 1 to 2 fingers between your cat’s neck and the collar, so as to make sure the fit isn’t too tight or too loose.
Patience and Gentle Coaxing
It’s best to start your cat when she is young, so that they can easily grow into the idea of wearing a collar. To begin, keep your cat under constant supervision, to make sure the collar is not cumbersome. Don’t force it, if your cat doesn’t take to it right away. With time, patience and gentle coaxing, they’ll warm up to the idea of wearing a collar. As they get older, still do periodic checks, to see if it’s getting a little too snug.
A few more things to consider
- Try to find quality clasps that quickly snap open
- Try to avoid elastic and sharp objects on the collar
- Bells and discs may be hazardous if unsupervised
- Outdoor cats may need reflective collars
- Avoid buckles, if you can’t give reasonable supervision
- Keep checking for fit, esp. if your cat is still growing
- To check size, only two finger should fit under the collar
- Check with the vet to make sure you’re doing what’s best
In conclusion, cute cat collars are fine, but it’s important that you choose a proper cat collar, that can help keep your cat safe and provide the appropriate information. With just a little due diligence, you can avoid problems and take measures that help to make your relationship with your cat, last as long as possible. Thanks for reading.
Note: Disks, bells and hanging tags, can potentially injure your pet if caught on any protruding objects. Please consider proper sizing and a reasonable amount of supervision, if your cat wears or will wear these kinds of collar ornaments.