Collar Your Cat!
But make it safe.
We see too many cats unable to be returned home because of lack identification, or simply not wearing collars to indicate ownership. A good example is someone who contacted us in the fall 2007 looking for her recently spayed adult female and three unspayed, 5-month old kittens. These cats had been living for two weeks under someone's home only two houses away, were semi-friendly, and thought to be abandoned. They were brought to us for placement. After entry, all four felines died within 10 days from feline distemper. Had the cats been collared with identification all would have been returned home by the finder rather than experience the sad outcome that occurred.
We believe cats should be collared, particularly if they go out of doors. We also microchip our felines, which necessitates a collar to display the tag "I've been microchipped."
We also know collars can easily become dangerous to the feline if the fit is improper. To protect the health and safety of your feline, we advise the following:
1. The collar should fit snugly, measurable by allowing the width between the collar and neck to be one or two fingers distance. If the collar is too loose, mouth or leg can become trapped, causing fear, cutting of skin, or strangulation. If too tight, the collar will cut through skin and muscle, become embedded and infected, and require veterinary intervention.
2. Check the fit of the collar frequently, at least once a week, particularly if you have a growing feline. Some cats have fat necks, while others are slender. Some collars will shrink when wet, presenting further risk.
3. The fit of a collar is easier to observe if your feline is shorthair. Should your feline be longer haired, we advise to frequently check the fit because the collar can become entangled in hair, is more difficult to be detected, and result in constriction.
4. We recommend a puppy-tab closure on the collar, not the common "break-away" release. The problems we have seen with break-away is the collar may come off too easily or not release at all. Owners can develop a false confidence the break-away will give if the cat becomes ensnared, which may not be the reslt. Or, the owner becomes frustrated when the cat looses its 5th collar, the result of a break-away coming off too easily.
5. We advise against the buckle-style collar. Should the buckle-style become constrictrive, one has to further pull pack on the buckle to gain space to undo the connection. This causes further choking and trauma to the cat. A puppy-tab closure is released by simply depressing the tabs.
6. Also important is purchasing a good quality collar, one that will not shrink or fray. Be prepared to replace the collar when needed and not expect one collar to last the lifetime of your beloved feline.
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