Although collars are generally thought to be for the canine
kind, many cat owners choose to purchase collars for their
favorite felines. There are many different kinds of cat collars
on the market, so it is imperative that you choose the best
option for your catís needs and body. Consider taking your cat
along on a shopping trip to your local pet storeómost welcome
animals of all typesóand try on different models to find the
perfect fit. Keep in mind that although color, material, and
style is important, these aspects should come second to the fit
of the collar.
Traditionally, cats wear collars that hold their identification
information and a bell. Ensuring your pet is properly identified
is critical for any animal, especially one that you intend on
letting outside. In case your cat becomes lost, you will have a
much better chance of finding your lost loved on if he or she
has the appropriate information securely attached to the collar.
Most cat owners choose to attach a small bell or another type of
noise making device in order to make small animals or birds
aware of a predatorís presence. Cats tend to have retained more
hunting instincts than domesticated dogs, so this is a viable
concern with many cat owners tired of finding their feline
bringing home helpless animals.
A buckle collar is the easiest type for a cat to wear, since it
can be put on and taken off quickly and easily. Try the collar
on your cat to ensure he or she cannot wiggle out of the collar.
Just as a loose collar is unacceptable, having a collar fitted
too tight can cause discomfort or even pain if your pet feline.
For a younger cat that will need a collar that grows with them,
consider choosing an adjustable collar to save you from
purchasing new ones in the future.
Some owners choose elastic collars that slip on and off over the
catís head. These are great for cats that do not need the extra
weight and bulk of a buckle. Keep in mind that any elastic
collars should be fitted to your cat to ensure the collar is not
too loose or too tight.
For indoor cats, consider choosing collars with breakaway panels
or buckles that will immediately free the cat if he or she
becomes caught on something inside your house. Similarly, you
should choose collars made of materials that can easily be cut
in case the animal becomes caught.
If you have an outdoor cat, look into a collar that uses
reflective materials. These reflective materials will keep your
precious feline safe at night. This is quite important, since
animals are more likely to become injured or even killed since
they cannot be seen. A reflective collar is also a good idea for
indoor cats, since you can see the animal in the dark to avoid
stepping on your pet.
Some cats enjoy taking walks in the great outdoors, but owners
do not want them to be outdoors unattended. Outdoor cats can
easily become lost, stolen, injured, or even killed. To solve
this problem, some cat owners choose to walk their cats on a
leash just like a dog. Instead of a regular collar, leash
walking cats require a harness to prevent spine issues. If you
are in the market for harnesses, there are two main types: the
figure eight and the H-style. Depending on your individual cat
and the fit, these harnesses are excellent for any cat that
enjoys a walk in the park!
Once you have determined the specific type of collar for your
cat, choose a color that fits his or her personality. Whether
your feline wants a rocker look with black leather and metal
studs or a pretty princess with pink rhinestones, the options