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collars, how to keep it on ?

post #1 of 14
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Ok well because of the incident with willie even tho he had tags, we decided to get all the indoor kitties tags as well ! Blue and Tessa wear theirs like ok its here, but my 2 Stormie tried to attack it after I got it on, and Bella wouldnt even let me put it on, now Bella did have a collor on once before and she did fine until she litterally tore it up so i just took it off it is so hard to get it on her two, Stormie thinks its a play toy i have the collors and they used to find my hiding spots for things and they would sit there and play with the collar cats they can be weird sometimes, stormie sometimes sits next to my night stand and even if its just cracked a little bit she trys to open it and attack all the things in there which the top drawer is pens, nail files, things like that! She is just so playful how can I get them to let me put it on and also not to try to attack it when it is on? thanx in advance for all the advice, much is needed for these 2 when it comes to collars
post #2 of 14
Do the collars have bells on them? Some cats do not like having collars with bells. I have to cut them off all collars.
post #3 of 14
Mine used to take them off quite a bit at first but just keep putting it back on and make sure it's tight enough.
post #4 of 14
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the collars dont have bells, and bella used to have one with bells but they do have tags, it is just so hard to get them on, I did get it on bella but I put it on for a little bit, and when I left I took it off (didnt wanna worrry) but man when it was on was she mad at me and Stormie she tries to attack it any time i come near her with it !! she is funny so idk bella just seems so mad and stormie she is soo bad, any ideas on how to get the collar on a kitten
post #5 of 14
After they've been on for a while, the cats will usually forget about them (kind of like when we wear new shoes). Make sure first that it's not too tight or too loose--you should be able to slip two fingers under it pretty easily once it's on. Then, have an intense play session to distract your kitties from the new collars until they "forget" about them. Also, make sure that any excess length is trimmed off (you can use a little nail polish to seal the end). If it's the tag that has become the fun toy, there are collars where the information is embroidered into the collar itself instead of having a separate tag.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by cloud_shade View Post
Make sure first that it's not too tight or too loose--you should be able to slip two fingers under it pretty easily once it's on.
I have a question to that. I just put a collar on Singa, but I am not sure about the 2 finger rule. Previously I tried a harness, but she hated it and managed to entangle her lower jaw in it. So I am now trying my luck with a normal collar, whcih she doesn't mind as much, but I am still concerned that in a moment that I am not looking she will try to bite it off and end up trapping her own jaw again.

So is two fingers barely two or losele two? It's not a breakaway but one that can stretch a bit. She's pure indoor (unless she wants to escape).

thanks in advance
post #7 of 14
If you can fit your fingers in there without too much pressure, you should be okay. You just want to make sure it's not so snug that they can't breath or move.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by x-ta-Z View Post
I have a question to that. I just put a collar on Singa, but I am not sure about the 2 finger rule. Previously I tried a harness, but she hated it and managed to entangle her lower jaw in it. So I am now trying my luck with a normal collar, whcih she doesn't mind as much, but I am still concerned that in a moment that I am not looking she will try to bite it off and end up trapping her own jaw again.

So is two fingers barely two or losele two? It's not a breakaway but one that can stretch a bit. She's pure indoor (unless she wants to escape).

thanks in advance
See I just experienced the same thing with Stormie she had it on for about and hour and then i did the two figer thing and she still managed to get her jaw stuck, and boy do i have scratches to prove it right now I just tried her again tonite because she actually let me put it on her without a fight and we were giving it a test run, now every time i do that she eventualyl gets it stuck in her jaw and i just dont kno wat to do besides the no collars, she i am not that worried about like the other ones because she doesnt even go downstairs really shes weird but I would still like to have the pretty pink collar on her that looks good on her too, but we keep getting tangled and it never fails, I knew about the 2 finger rule and I have small fingers and I did it and well we keep getting it in our bottom jaw
post #9 of 14
with my two fingers she seems ok, but in the end she gets more and more quiet... she then falls asleep asleep on her side with open eyes.. it looks like she is abot to give up on life that way.. it scares me so much that i take it off again
if its loose two fingers she'll definitely get her jaw stuck
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by x-ta-Z View Post
with my two fingers she seems ok, but in the end she gets more and more quiet... she then falls asleep asleep on her side with open eyes.. it looks like she is abot to give up on life that way.. it scares me so much that i take it off again
if its loose two fingers she'll definitely get her jaw stuck
I was thinking that, that kind of reminds me of bella I get worried because she just lays there when its on and looks sad sso i take it off, also I have very small finger, i wear a size 5 in rings so how should i measure it and my pointer finger is a 6 at them most, so any ideas on seeing if its too tight or too loose (thouhgt maybe my ring size would help ) but idk i havent tried it since, but they r seeing all the other kitties wear them so good I am just scared to even try it again u know, they worry me to much
post #11 of 14
I ususally do not use a collar but my girl frieiend d decided to get my cat one. My other cats my parents own do not have collars. I would think they would find them annoying but my cat does not. It is a break away collar but I do not fidn it to be that easy to break off, thats what scares me. Only once did I find her biting on it and trying to get it off
post #12 of 14
There are several models of breakaway collars. The one with the lowest 'profile' is the best. I also use cotton collars on Gizmo since she seems to dislike the polyester ones.
She's only gotten this collar off once,when a toenail caught in the clasp. Her conventional collar with the holes and 'tongue' was taken off once or twice a day by vigorous scratching!

you might try tattooing Willie instead of using a collar, though a collar is still a good indication that he's a family pet and not a feral.
post #13 of 14
My Sarah did this as well with her collar, that is until, I ordered from Dr Foster & Dr Smith. I ordered their nylon collar (breakaway) but seems stronger than the other collars that she used to wear.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=1827

I also ordered their namplate for the collar http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2002+113520

She hated the noise from regular id tags! But now with her new collar & plate, she hasn't tried once to take off her collar. (They will attact the plate for free)

Maybe this would work for your cat?
post #14 of 14
I tried putting the breakaway collar on and they started to attack their own neck, at least tried to. I took it off within 10 minutes cause I felt so bad seeing them getting all upset. I would just have them wear it for couple minutes here and there until they can adjust to it. I made sure they were loose. Although they normally never wear one cause they are indoor cats but the last time I left them at a friend's house to cat sit, I had to put it on in case they run off and they were perfectly fine with them being on.
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