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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
My cat is an indoor guy but I decided that just in case he gets out he should wear a collar with his license and contact info on it. He's also pretty small and new to the place so he wears a bell. Does anyone else put a collar on their indoor cat?

My childhood cats wore/wear collars but they were indoor/outdoor guys (town of 700 people). Am I being weird about this?
post #2 of 27
all 5 of mine have collars... Pixel doesn't wear hers, tho, because it causes her issues [i think due to her herpes] but she NEVER tries to go out. the others usually don't try, either, but since all 4 of them have been strays before i adopted them, i thought it was best to have them. i got their collars here: Ragtime Collars, & they have tags from here: Boomerang Tags, that have their names, my phone numbers, & a message on them that reads, "if you see me outside, i am lost: reward".
post #3 of 27
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Thats good to hear. My guy just wears a collar with his license and a tag with his name and my numbers on it. I guess his rabies tag will go on it when he gets vaccinated in December too. Glad I'm not being paranoid here.
post #4 of 27
My two both wear collars and tags.... Just their name and my phone number. They're both indoor only, and it's for just in case they get out, which we're very careful about. Unlike microchipping it's a clear and visible signal that they have humans and a home. We're going to get them chipped as well...
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
have their names, my phone numbers, & a message on them that reads, "if you see me outside, i am lost: reward".
Mackerel's inside only an she wears a collar and a tag. Some people around here kill cats they see outside without a collar- they assume they're ferals. I hadn't thought of putting the fact that she was an indoors cat on the tag, though! I might get another tag and put that on her collar as well.
post #6 of 27
My past indoor cats all wore collars with tags that had their name and our phone number on the front and "if I'm outside I'm lost" on the back.

My current cats don't wear collars but they are all microchipped.
post #7 of 27
3 of my cats wear collars.

Paris-She is blind. She has a collar with tags, and a bell. She has gotten out before. Its terrifying!!

And then London and Gregory just happened to keep theirs on. lol. My cats always manage to get them off, so why bother?
post #8 of 27
i would think that putting a collar on a cat is fine as long as it is a collar that is made for cats that will tear off if it gets snaged on something
post #9 of 27
My cats are totally INDOOR guys; they hate the thought of sticking even a paw outside. They refuse to wear a collar at all. Both are 8 years old.

No collars for them!
post #10 of 27
I got a black safety collar for my new, indoor-only cat and ordered a name tag. He might not like wearing it but I'm not taking the chance since he isn't chipped. My other cats never wore collars but they were indoor and outdoor but never went farther than the surrounding yards.
post #11 of 27
Harley is chipped and wears a collar (with a tag that reads he is an indoor only and if outside is lost, and has our cell numbers)--he has the personality of which if he got out unless he was collared I don't know if people would think of him as a housecat.

Jack often wears a collar--always when we have company (incase they aren't as careful at the door). But if he were to get out, I think he'd make it as far as the next door neighbors before he went to the door and waited to be let in--he doesn't like it outside. His fur also almost always mats from his collar. I need to get him chipped--but money is an issue right now. He's not a door runner either.

Leslie
post #12 of 27
I have indoor cats as well, Sassy does wear a collar but both Linus and Pixie don't like to have anything around their necks. However I have all 3 of mine microchipped.
post #13 of 27
My three don't. I live on the thrid floor of a secured building people have to get buzzed into. So if they run out I have time to catch them before they get into the great outdoors.

I do put it on when we go to the vet or I have company coming and going, just in case. They are fine having them on I just hate cuddling a kitty with a collar.

I am secretly glad I live where I do so they don't have to have one on all the time. Because if my circumstances were different I WOULD have a collar on them. It's just too dangerous not too.

I cringe when I think how my first cat when I was a kid never wore one and was outdoors alot. Anything could have happened.
post #14 of 27
Hennessy wears his without complaint and he's an indoor only kitty. The bell keeps me from tripping over him. And he likes to try to get outside, so it keeps me calm.
post #15 of 27
I have collars and tags with their name, phone number, and license. Their rabies tags are huge so I leave those off. Anyway, they don't usually wear them. They are indoor-only. My SO takes them off all the time, it drives me nuts. He thinks they aren't necessary and I just want to smack him (obviously I am joking, but it's frustrating). The cats are both micro-chipped, but not everyone knows about micro-chipping.

They've never had an escape incident, but it's obviously a possibility.

Even though they are both safety collars, Mattie tries to take hers off with her teeth if I don't have it on tight enough. Once she was stuck with her jaw open on the collar and it freaked me out. I'm paranoid about making sure they are tight enough now.

They always wear their collars when we go to the vet.
post #16 of 27
My cats always wear collars, for the same reason...just in case they get out. I only put a tag on it with their name, our address and phone number. I don't put their license or rabies tag on it. All of our cats are indoor only.
post #17 of 27
Mine are inside only and are chipped, but they both wear safety collars with tags with name and phone number, just in case they get out. My boy likes to dash at doors, including the patio door.
post #18 of 27
Lucky has a collar with a tag with her name and my cell phone - I took the bell off, as it annoyed her too much. She is an inside only cat, and only goes out in my lap to visit the neighbor
post #19 of 27
Angel has a collar, but it's one of those that will pull loose if she gets it caught on something
post #20 of 27
Make sure it is a cat collar. You might want to have your cat microchipped.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by Mike_SK View Post
My cat is an indoor guy but I decided that just in case he gets out he should wear a collar with his license and contact info on it. He's also pretty small and new to the place so he wears a bell. Does anyone else put a collar on their indoor cat?

My childhood cats wore/wear collars but they were indoor/outdoor guys (town of 700 people). Am I being weird about this?
You are not weird, it is your preference. In my case both my cats are both microchipped even though not allowed outside. Besides, my Granny used to say "if God had meant for cats to wear collars, they would be born with them".
post #22 of 27
Mine are indoor/outdoor, but even if we were in a situation where they needed to be kept in, they would wear collars. If anything, I think it's more important for indoor kitties to have visible ID, because if they do get out they are in need of all the help they can get to find their way home.
post #23 of 27
Mine dont wear them anymore.
Coco has always got rashes with every one I tried.
Meeko goes nuts and takes them off.
I might try to put them on the others again.
post #24 of 27
Well, Butzie is an indoor/outdoor cat because she came to us that way. I am having ever increasing luck with making her an indoor kitty, especially as it has been getting colder and we are getting rain.

Even if Butzie were to become a total indoor kitty, she still needs to wear a collar. No ifs, ands or buts. Accidents happen.

Besides, I buy her really cute collars.
post #25 of 27
All of my cats (strictly indoors) wear collars. I don't like the idea of hanging tags that can get caught and Roxy the Maine Coon tends to pull off the collars by grabbing the tags, so I use the type of tags that are like a nameplate from Boomerang Tags (called Collartags). That way there is nothing hanging to get caught. I recently bought my two youngest cats collars from Ragtime Collars which have my phone number embroidered on them.
Oh yeah, they're also microchipped.
post #26 of 27
Lily has a collar but I dont keep it on her in the house. I only put it on her occasionally, it is mostly for when I bring her to friends houses. Because she goes to other peoples houses to be cat sitted when I have to go somewhere. It's a breakaway collar that has a little stretchy rubber band (no plastic clips, I dont like those kind).
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Nekochan View Post
I recently bought my two youngest cats collars from Ragtime Collars which have my phone number embroidered on them.
That is a really good idea!! I might do that!! Thanks!
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