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..• Cat collars

 

Collaring your cat can be important for a variety of reasons & it could save their lives.

The animal may appear distressed by the initial introduction of a collar at first, if they are not used to one, but very soon it will become a part of them & they will no longer notice it. 

A correctly fitting collar should be comfortable for the animal but not too loose. 

• You should be able to fit two fingers under the collar comfortably, so it does not present a snagging obstacle for the cat but so it is not tight around their throat.

• Long loose, spare lengths past the buckle should be snipped away so as not to bother the cat

Reflective collars will help drivers to see stealthy felines & help to prevent road accidents.

Collars should carry I.D. tags & can carry important information. For example if a friendly neighbourhood cat has health problems requiring a special diet, this information can be printed on the collar to dissuade anyone from feeding the animal.

If there is an accident, a vets telephone number could save the animal & alert everyone concerned to a problem.

Small notes can be carefully attached to collars (being careful not to create a potential snagging obstacles) which could help to pass information between neighbours & identify owners, if there is a worry or concern for the cats welfare.

Collars can act as personal door keys to locked catflaps, so cats can exclusively gain entry into their castles

A collared cat gives spectators a little more information about the animal at a glance, ie, somebody cares for the animal. If then the cat is injured or in bad condition, seems lost & in need of some help, people are more likely to be alerted & may act. A bedraggled cat with no collar is less noticeable & is more likely to be dismissed as feral &/or unreachable.

A cat wearing a collar does not automatically mean that it has not gone astray!

Please keep an eye our for any animal behaving unusually.

 

What to look for in a collar...

Look for a lightweight reflective material which will show up in spotlights, this is a good road safety device & could also help you to find your cat in the dark with a torch.

Look for safety fastenings that will easily break open should the collar become snagged to avoid strangulation, or elastic in the band which will allow a cat to struggle free.

Attach a small I.D. Tag with basic information - your vets phone number & petlog id for example

 

 

Identity tags are a compliment to & not a substitute for microchips

 

Caution

Flea collars may seem like a good idea, but many cats react badly to the chemicals in the material & they can cause considerable discomfort for the animal. Also, fleas may simply migrate to the lower end of a cat to avoid the collar.

Your vet can prescribe very effective, simple flea treatment such as Advocate or Frontline

Be sure you can fit two fingers under the collar so it is not too tight, or too loose to create a snagging object.

 

There is a great variety of collars on the market for the fashion conscious feline

There is a great variety of collars on the market for the fashion conscious feline

From designer patterns to important printed notices, there is a collar for every cat

From designer patterns to important printed notices, there is a collar for every cat

It is important to choose one which is reflective so it can be clearly seen in car headlights

It is important to choose one which is reflective so it can be clearly seen in car headlights

Safety clasps will break open under stress while elastic in the band will stretch, both allow a cat to escape if their collar gets caught up

Safety clasps will break open under stress while elastic in the band will stretch, both allow a cat to escape if their collar gets caught up

Small I.D. tags should be fitted to help your cat home, if they should become lost & found (collars can come off, I.D. tags are not chip substututes)

Small I.D. tags should be fitted to help your cat home, if they should become lost & found (collars can come off, I.D. tags are not chip substututes)

Collars come with optional bells, cats can learn to stalk prey silently, even with these hindrances

Collars come with optional bells, cats can learn to stalk prey silently, even with these hindrances

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