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Do Cats Really Need to Wear Collars?

You might be wondering if your kitty needs to wear a collar.  In order to make the right decision, you must learn about the pros and cons of cat collars.  

Many of us assume that dogs should wear collars.  But what about our feline friends?  Do cats need to wear collars too?

That’s what we are going to talk about in this blog post.  Let’s dive right in!

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Should Your Cat Wear a Collar?

When making this decision, you must consider all the pros and cons of cat collars.  Let’s do that now.    

Cat Collar Pros

ID tags that include contact information are often attached to collars.  If your precious puss ever gets lost, that tag will increase the odds of being reunited with your fur baby.  Clearly, that is a major advantage of putting a collar on your cat.  

But the icing on the cake is how adorable your furry friend will look in that collar. You will have a blast trying different colors and styles.         

Cat Collar Cons

Although cat collars can be fun and they help owners reunite with lost pets, there is one major downfall.

What is that?

The risk of your cat’s collar getting caught on something. 

But don’t give up on collars just yet.  Some are designed to snap open if your feline gets caught.     

While that does reduce the risk of collars, the breakaway design doesn’t entirely eliminate the dangers.  After all, the collar could malfunction and fail to release your kitty.    

We aren’t trying to discourage you from putting a collar on your cat.  We only want to help you make an informed decision.  

What About Indoor Cats?

If your feline never goes outside, you might think a collar isn’t necessary.  But have you stopped to consider that your indoor kitty could break free?  

With that in mind, you may want to get a collar and ID tag even if your cat stays inside.  

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Different Types of Cat Collars 

If your cat gets lost during an emergency, your feline should be wearing an ID tag.  If your cat doesn’t already have a collar and tag, get them now, before disaster strikes.  Then make sure your cat wears the collar 24/7.  

If you’ve concluded that your feline really does need a collar, you must choose a safe design.  

Here are some of your options:

  • Buckle Collars
  • Stretch Collars
  • Reflective Collars
  • Bell Collars
  • Breakaway Collars

The safest choice is the breakaway collar.  As already explained, this type of collar will snap open if your cat gets caught on something. 

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Make Sure the Collar Fits

Depending on where you stay after evacuating, it might be necessary to keep your kitty confined.  Buying a collapsible cage is a good way to prepare for this scenario.  Select a cage that provides enough space for your c

Besides choosing the right type of collar, you must also make sure it’s a good fit.  

 How can you tell?  

It’s simple.  Just slip your fingers under the collar.  

If 2-3 fingers don’t fit, the collar needs to be loosened.  If your fingers don’t feel snug between your cat’s neck and collar, it needs to be tightened.     

If you have a kitten, you will need to adjust the size of the collar as your pet grows into an adult.  Otherwise, the collar will become too tight and cause pain.   

And even when your cat is fully grown, you may still need to adjust the size of the collar if your kitty gains or loses weight.  

So, do cats need to wear collars or not?  Each pet parent must make his or her own decision.  But if you do decide to put a collar on your cat, be sure to choose a safe design that fits just right.