Selecting a Cat Collar

Selecting a Cat Collar

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It is hard to put the collar on some cats. It is particularly hard to put a collar on adults or kittens to which a collar is an alien, new object. The process of putting a collar on to your cat may take some time and a little patience from your side, but do not allow the experience to deter you. It is vital that your cat wears a collar and an ID tag as the two will be your kitty's ticket home if the animal mistakenly wanders off. Even if your cat is an indoor animal, it must wear a collar. This is as if your cat gets out, passersby may take the kitty to a shelter. A cat with an ID tag and collar quickly comes home.

Wearing a collar

Do note that the cat could scratch at its collar at first as the animal regards it as an unwelcome foreign object. The animal, over time, will accept it. Try giving your kitty a tasty treat when you put the collar on its neck. You can also distract it with a climbing post or catnip. If you are fortunate, the cat may even forget the presence of the collar. Whatever you do, the collar must be fixed to the cat.

It is important to know collars do not expand as your kitty grows-and they grow fast. If the collars are not checked and loosened, they can cause extreme pain to your cat. It is your responsibility to check the looseness of the collar once every week until the kitty has reached adulthood. The collar must be checked properly to ensure that it fits and is fully secured. The thumb rule is that you can slip two fingers between the cat's neck and the collar. Conversely, cat collars lose their elasticity with time. The adult cat may also lose weight. The collar may slip off the neck in such conditions.

Breakaway and micro-chipping

It is a good idea to go for a "break-away" collar for added safety. These collars easily open if it mistakenly latches on to something. This device will prevent the collar mechanism from mistakenly strangling the animal. Another excellent method of keeping the cat safe is micro-chipping. These make a superb way to identify an animal which will stay with the pet permanently. A microchip can be described as a small capsule which gets injected under the skin of the animal between its shoulder blades. Every chip is fitted with a unique ID which can be read by scanners and then matched with the owner information in the comprehensive database. In case you microchip the cat, it is essential to update the contact information database.

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