You want to keep your cat safe inside your home, but her curiosity may provoke her to escape. Unfortunately, indoor-only felines do get out, and when that happens, they take off to parts unknown. Without proper identification, such as tags or a microchip, the probability of your pet being found and returned drops drastically. Therefore, pet experts strongly suggest using cat collars.
Unless you train your pet to wear a collar since it was a kitten, chances are your feline is going to throw a fit if you introduce it out of the blue. But it can be done. Linda Lord, DVM, MS, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University, conducted a study of cat owners to see how well, or if, their pets would take to wearing a collar. She reported that approximately three-fourths of participating felines wore the collar for the full six months of the study.
Of course, there was also a percentage that noted their pets gave up on the collar. Lord cited two main complaints: The cat scratched at it too much or the cat wiggled out of it and the collar was lost.
Do It Right
Convincing your cat to tolerate a collar takes patience and strategy.
- Choose the best type
Cat collars come in a variety of styles, including buckled and elastic. Whatever design you choose, make sure it has a safety breakaway feature. This allows the buckle to open or collar to stretch if it gets caught on something, including the kitty’s paw or jaw.
- Avoid dangling tags
First, make sure you include all your vital contact information on the tag in case your furry friend gets out and a good Samaritan wants to bring her home. Also, don’t buy a tag that dangles too low because it could trip her up.
- Test the fit
Too loose, your cat can slip out; too tight, well, not good. The proper fit is one in which you can comfortably fit two fingers between cat and collar.
- Introduce in increments
It’s critical to keep an eye on how he adjusts in the beginning, so wait for a day that you’ll be around the house. Observe how he reacts, especially during the first hour. How much scratching does he do? Does he get a paw or his jaw stuck? Take the collar off after an hour or so, and then put it back on later, slowly increasing the interval lengths. Remove the collar at night or if you have to leave until he’s fully adjusted.Red Dingo Designer Cat Collar, Cosmos Dark Blue
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