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post #31 of 43
my cat used to wear a collar becasue she used to go outside a lot, and she had a bell so i know where she was around the house but i don't bother with one anymore becasue she dosn't go outside anymore.
post #32 of 43
I tried to collar our girls and it was a mess. Even with sizing it "correctly" they still were managing to partially wriggle out of them like Houdini and get it caught around their heads, in their mouths, etc. It was so stressful to them and to me that I decided it wasn't worth it. I also have read stories of cats strangling themselves by getting their collars caught around the house when no one was home. I decided the risk of them hurting themselves didn't justify making them wear collars. My girls are afraid of going outside, so I'm not terribly concerned about it. One of them is also microchipped (I need to get the other one done).
post #33 of 43
Non of my cats wear collars.
post #34 of 43
If you get breakaway collars for your cats there should not be any accidents or harm done by them. If they get stuck on something, the collar will just come off.

Mine didn't used to wear collars but they do now. They are indoors only but you never know when something might happen and I'd never forgive myself if one got outside and got lost without i.d.
post #35 of 43
Ok, so I thought this was the perfect thread to post in... My baby PHX is a strictly indoor cat... but lately I could tell he wanted to expore the outside life. So, this weekend I went and got him a collar and leash. I never put a collar on him before since he just lives indoors. I took all of your guys' advice and got him a breakaway collar (just in case). Well here's what happened! I have him outside and he's loving it, rolling on the ground.. smelling the trees... eating grass.. the whole works. Next thing I know, a jogger comes by and scares the crap out of PHX, he takes off running and even though he's on a leash- his breakaway collar broke away- like it's supposed to do I guess. This happened a total of 3 times that day, those breakaway collars won't keep him on the leash. So now I had to go spend another $10 for a collar that isn't breakaway. I put him on this collar and put him outside again. This time when he went to run, he couldn't! So I just wanted to tell everyone that if you need a collar to put your cat on a leash- don't get the breakaway collars. BUT if it's an outside cat already, or indoor- get the breakaway so they can't choke themselves.
post #36 of 43
Did you have a harness on him? You should attach a leash to a harness, not to a collar.
post #37 of 43
My cats are all chipped and wore a collar the first year of their lives.
This is just in case it's needed as they do not travel without wearing a collar identifying them as having a chip, and rabies tag.
Otherwise, 4 or the 6 do not wear a collar.

Cassi wears a collar because she was formerly feral and I suspect if she got out she'd again be very hard to catch.
She wears a tag identifying her as being chipped, plus a rabies tag.

Ivory wears a collar that has her chip information on it and her rabies tag.
For Ivory it was because of medical conditions.
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
Did you have a harness on him? You should attach a leash to a harness, not to a collar.
It's much safer and better for both of you if you use a harness when taking kitty outside.
post #39 of 43
I have all my cats chipped and I have safety collars with tags on all of them, including my ferals. I have an enclosed, cat proof area in my yard for them to go out to from the house. Yes, they have gotten the collars off out there and some I never found!!! I think they may have buried them. But one of my kitties, Katie, has gotten out the back gate several times. Last July she got out and would not let me catch her. She had a great time playing around in the alley and at the neighbors house across the alley. Then she disappeared. I looked everywhere for her. Then the next morning I got a phone call. A person on the next, very busy, street over found her next to his house. She had been hit by a car and couldn't move her back end. He got my name and number from her tag. I rushed her to the vet and after months of healing she has recovered. She had two pelvis fractures and a broken tail, which is now half the length it was. If I didn't have a collar and tag on her, and just relied on the chip, she would probably have been dead when she was finally scanned by the local HS. So, I am a very big believer in safty collars with ID tags on my cats, even if I have to replace them several times a year.
post #40 of 43
Both of ours wear collars and we haven't had any problems. I was sure to get saftey ones that are breakaway, not the elastic stuff. I played with the collars until it was pretty easy to break the collar off without any struggle. Now they both have their collars and they are "safe" enough that if I put a leash on and they pull hard enough the collars will break on there own. I wouldn't worry as long as they break easy!
post #41 of 43
My kitties wear collers, they are the breakaway ind. I Like my kitties to wear collars, that way if they get outside for some reason, someone knows who they belong to, and they have bells on them, so I always know where they are!
post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by Critter Crazy View Post
My kitties wear collers, they are the breakaway ind. I Like my kitties to wear collars, that way if they get outside for some reason, someone knows who they belong to, and they have bells on them, so I always know where they are!


I honestly don't think anyone in my area would think to even bring the cats to the humane society (or even know where it is) or know about microchipping. Besides I've got tags on order that say "Reward if Found" in addition to my contact info. Never hurts to have incentive.
post #43 of 43
Both my cats are indoor only and have safety collars with tags.
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