Cat Collars – Which Ones Are Safe? – Collar Advice
The only cat collars I would recommend are the safety breakaway collars. These are designed to snap open easily should the collar get caught onto something, such as a tree branch, or anything else that could put a cat in danger, which could have devastating consequences if the cat were not able to get free.
Breakaway collars should always be tested before using on a cat, to ensure they really are safe and can easily break away, regardless of whether they are described as “safe” or “breakaway”.
This is because some cat collars that claim to be safety breakaway collars do not actually break away! Or they require a lot of pressure before they actually break away.
This means they are unsuitable and unsafe for a cat. Cat collars can be tested by fastening them and applying some pressure to them, to see if they can easily snap apart.
Ancol breakaway collarElastic (Non-Breakaway)
Cat Collars Although some cat collars are designed with a safety elastic and a clasp, designed to stretch so that the cat can wriggle free if caught onto something, I do not recommend these types of cat collars.
It is not always easy to wriggle free, even with collars that are claimed to be “safety” elastic collars. Through my own experience, I would not recommend these. In the past, one of my cats somehow got both her front paws through the collar and returned home with the collar tight around her waist and quite distressed.
The clasp was underneath her so the collar had to be cut to free her. This collar, purchased from the USA, was described as a “safety” collar too, because it had elasticity, and it had a plastic clasp which made it look similar to a breakaway collar.
I always use a safe breakaway collar now for all my cats and test them first. They only wear the collars when they go outdoors, as I have attached radio frequency trackers to the collars, and remove the collars when they are indoors.
How To Fit A Cat CollarCat collars must be fitted correctly.
They should be adjusted so that they are not too tight, although not too loose either. Make sure the cat is standing or sitting when you fit the collar on, with the chin raised a little (natural head position when standing or sitting), and not with the head tucked down.
If the head is tucked down it would cause the collar to be fitted too loosely. You should adjust the collar so that you are able to slip two fingers beneath it easily. Once the collar has been adjusted to fit the cat, check on a regular basis that it continues to fit comfortably when you put it on.
Cat collars can come in a variety of materials and designs. Some are plastic, others are made from fabric. Many of them have bells attached to them, or bells can sometimes be bought separately. It is important for a cat to feel comfortable wearing a collar.
I much prefer to use collars that are made of soft fabric. The collars I use are by Ancol, who do a vast variety of cat collars of all types. They are very reasonably priced, but the main things are that they have good safety breakaway collars and are also available in softer fabric materials, preferred by my cats.
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