Gatos Guide to Cat Collars
If you want your cat wear a collar, there are a few guidelines to follow.
1. Safety collars are mandatory
Cats’ necks are much more fragile than those of dogs. A cat should never be placed in a dog collar.
Cat collars allow them to release if they get hung up. Otherwise, choking and death can result.
Never attach a leash, lead or chain to your cat’s collar. Use a harness if you want to control your cat’s movements.
2. Types of safety collars
There are three main types of safety collars:
Breakaway collar – pull at the clasp to see it “break” away.
Stretch collars – stretchy along the whole length, like Beastie Bands.
Stretch-clasp collar – has a small elastic band near the buckle.
3. How to measure for a collar
Measure around your cat’s neck and add enough for one or two fingers to fit between the collar and neck. Measure before you buy as cat collars are not returnable. If buying a collar for a kitten, choose an adjustable collar and check the fit every week.
Many cat collars come with bells and they can be purchased separately. Originally, bells were used to warn the birds that a cat was approaching. Now, some owners use a bell to know when the cat is on the move. Some cats really don’t like bells as their ears are much more sensitive than ours.
Identity tags are controversial. Hanging tags can get caught and might prove dangerous. Also, if a tag gets caught on something and the safety collar works correctly, both collar and tag will be lost. Microchipping is a safe alternative.
6. Fashion or Function?
Whether you prefer a basic nylon collar, a reflective collar, or a crystal-studded collar, there are many, many choices now available in cat collars. Choose a safety collar that fits correctly and that your cat finds comfortable to wear.