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post #1 of 19
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My sister's cats don't like to wear collars. I was wondering if most cats prefer to go without collars. In some cases, if cats are allowed outdoors, collars can be dangerous as they can snag on things.

Thoughts?
post #2 of 19
My Zoey prefers no collar I am getting her microchipped ....
post #3 of 19
My city kitties MUST wear collars. I prefer Beastie Bands in terms of safety and comfort. If my cats were to get outside, identification would be their only saving grace, as outdoor owned pets are extremely rare...rather, the outdoor cats around here are basically all stray/abandoned or born feral. It's pretty common practice amongst my "neighbors" (all 3 million of them) to at least call the spca if they spot an animal with id.
post #4 of 19
I think collars are a good thing in all cats, as long as they are safety ones. A collar tells people immediately that your cat belongs to someone, and can carry ID information that is easily and immediately readable. Not everyone will take a cat to a vet or shelter to see if it is chipped, and in some countries chips are so unusual that no one would think of such a thing. I have nbever had a cat that will not wear a collar, though some have to be gradually persuaded to it. And some do tend to lose them regularly, so I always have a spare supply!
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by bemyonlyone View Post
collars can be dangerous as they can snag on things.
My cats wear breakaway collars so if they do get caught on anything the collar comes off.

Mine are all microchipped and wear a collar with tag, I feel that if they ever got outside the more forms of ID they have the better chance I'll get them back.

My new cat won't wear a collar though as he's a show cat and can't have a collar mark. He is coming microchipped though.
post #6 of 19
My two cats where break away collars with ID tags on them. Not everyone knows to look for a microchip. This away if my cats get out they can be identified. They are break away collars so if it gets caught on a bush it comes right off so the cat doesn't get stuck. So many cats look alike that it can be hard to tell if its really your cat, if you have to prove ownership of your cat if it gets lost.
post #7 of 19
Puff almost broke his jaw trying to get his collar off. So I just haven't put one back on. He's an indoor only kitty anyway. I'd like to get the chip but I can't right now.
post #8 of 19
All my kits are indoor/outdoor kits, none wear collars for a couple of reasons, getting caught on branches etc, also two of them had a bad reaction, Dino even lost all the hair around the area of the collar
So anyways they are all micro-chipped, except my newbie he´s only been with us ....well 5 days
post #9 of 19
I just got breakaway collars for mine, even though they are indoor only, because there's always a chance that they could somehow get out. Their name and my phone number is embroidered on the collar so there's no need for a tag.
post #10 of 19
[quote=bemyonlyone;1621446]My sister's cats don't like to wear collars. I was wondering if most cats prefer to go without collars. In some cases, if cats are allowed outdoors, collars can be dangerous as they can snag on things.

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Thoughts?
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Let me give you my grandmother's thoughts. She used to say that "if God had wanted cats to wear collars they would have been born with one". (BTW, my cats never go outside and are microchipped.)
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Persi View Post
Let me give you my grandmother's thoughts. She used to say that "if God had wanted cats to wear collars they would have been born with one". BTW, my cats never go outside and are microchipped.
We weren't born with clothes.
post #12 of 19
My cats are indoor only and don't wear a collar. We are on the 4th floor of a condo so their chances of escaping outside is very minimal. Plus they race around the house so much I'd hate for them to get caught on something.
post #13 of 19
I just orderd some collars from http://www.ragtimepetcollars.com/ embroidered with their names/my phone number. Mostly I got them because I think they're cute, as there's a very slim chance of mine getting out the door, running down 2 flights of stairs and getting out the building door. These collars come with a breakaway mechanism, which is the only kind of collar I'd ever put on a pet. Otherwise I think you're just asking for issues.

Mine are microchipped and also have tattoos with a unique identification number in their ears. I have heard that it's possible for a cat to lose their microchip during a fight, so I appreciate the additional (very permanent) tattoo identification.
post #14 of 19
i think i can give some good advice on this.

1. you can train a cat to wear a collar
2. i tried a collar (break away) on Stoli and he was like - yeah what ever
3. tried a collar (same) on Luxor and he wanted NOTHING of it. so much so that he got his jaw stuck a couple of times and was freaking out over it.

that said......

luxor was SLOWLY introduced to a beastie band. I put it on a little at a time (5 minutes here and there) and he only has a collar on (still) when i am home to watch him. He was ok with the beastie band because you can get it tight and it is very elastic so it will stretch.. AND there are no hard parts for your cat to get cut on if he tries to get it off.


So we are slowly working luxor over to a regular break away collar. and these are my reasons..

he needs to wear a collar in case he gets out - which can and will happen sometime in his life. i just hope that it is in a scenario where he's not spooked and runs away from me.

he also needs to wear a collar so i can train him to wear a harness - that way i can TAKE him outside and show him where he lives. this happened to stoli and because he knew where he lived - he ran back to our front door.
post #15 of 19
Long long ago we had 2 big scary Tom cats and we used to let them out. We didnt know any better back then. They both wore collars, and they both got lost. If they hadn't had the collars on, we would have never seen them again. Id tags work! people called us, and we went to get them. Now we never ever let cats outside, but they wear collars anyway just in case. Of course Gina has a beautiful one with her name in "diamonds", she wears it for parties and holidays. She has ZERO interest in the outside, she actually hates it. (outside=vet visit) The shelter I work for chips EVERYBODY, it is SOP. Often I even put safety collars on tiny fosters. I don't want to lose anyone on my watch.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by mooficat View Post
All my kits are indoor/outdoor kits, none wear collars for a couple of reasons, getting caught on branches etc, also two of them had a bad reaction, Dino even lost all the hair around the area of the collar
So anyways they are all micro-chipped, except my newbie he´s only been with us ....well 5 days
check out http://www.ragtimepetcollars.com/intro.html these are 100% cotton so your cats are not likely to have any sort of reaction. they are also breakaway so if they get caught on branches etc they come off.
post #17 of 19
Both of our cats are indoor only but they go for walks with me on a leash. Scratch has a collar w/ bell and tags because when she was younger she used to try and get out. Squee has a collar with a bell because she's a ninja and now we can hear her if she's trying to get into the fridge/cupboards or so we don't step on her at night. Both of them have breakaway collars.
post #18 of 19
Kitty wears a reflective saftey collar as he goes out. It also has identity barrel and bell because he got a taste for birds last spring and I can hear when he sneaks up on me so no squashed tootsies!
He came to me as a stray. No collar, no microchip. Couldnt trace owner so he is also microchipped now so people will know he belongs to someone and they can find me easily.
He doesn`t like having them put on though once it is on he`s fine. When they need replacing I wait till I`ve done his breakfast then he`s more concerened about his food so I can put it on then adjust it while he`s eating otherwise he just shrinks his neck and backs away.
post #19 of 19
kevin is 8 months old and had never worn a collar in his life. i put one on him when he came to live with me a couple weeks ago. he seemed irritated by it for about 2 seconds and then he didnt notice it after that.
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