Even if your cat never ventures outdoors, getting them used to wearing a collar is a good idea. Cats are very good at squeezing through small spaces like a pair of legs standing in your doorway. And once they’re out, they’re on the prowl!
Unless you’re an avid tree climber or are training for your next obstacle course race, you’re never going to catch them.
So you want to make sure you introduce your cat to wearing a collar with an ID tag when they’re just a kitten.
Give them some time to get used to wearing the collar and see how they react. At first, they might tug and scratch and try to chew it off, so try and distract them by playing with them for a few minutes. After a while, they should forget all about it. Or you might have to remove it and try again several more times until they get used to it.
A good collar should fit snugly enough around your cat’s neck. You should be able to fit two or three fingers underneath, but no more. As your kitten grows, keep checking the collar and adjust the size or tightness as their neck gets bigger. It’s also a good idea to check the neck girth of older cats, as they can shrink with age.
Quick-Release Collars For Cats
For extra safety, shop for quick-release or breakaway collars that pop open should your cat collar get caught in anything. A collar that is too loose can easily get caught on something and end up strangling your cat. So safety first.
Microchipping Your Cat: Is It Safe?
Microchipping is something most people do as a safety measure should their pets get lost. From cats and dogs to rats, mice, birds, fish, ferrets, snakes, and horses, microchipping is a common practice. But you don’t have to look far to find studies and cases of animals that have suffered from being microchipped. Several cases of cancer found at the site of the microchip have been reported, as well as neurological damage to some pet patients and fatal bleeding. In some places it is the law to microchip your pets and animals, but if you ask me, an ID tag and collar is a safer bet.
The efficacy of these microchips has also been called into question. Sometimes the microchip cannot be detected or travels to another site in the body never to be found again. Often pet owners forget to update their contact information when they move or change their phone number, rendering the microchip useless. In rarer cases, the microchip simply fails to work. So, you be the judge and think carefully before putting your pet through another unnecessary surgical procedure.
In the meantime, check out your local pet store for some fabulous kitty collars and don’t forget to surf online too for some unique and unusual options. And for the sake of the birds in the neighbourhood, add a little bell to your cat’s collar. That way they won’t be able to sneak up on those beautiful cardinals, chickadees and robins feasting at your bird feeder.
by Natalie Secretan