I used to let our cats out on a leash many years ago. Thankfully, they used to wear a harness and not a collar. The one cat managed to climb our peach tree. (I thought the leash was far enough away from the tree) Well, to my horror, I looked outside and found him hanging from the tree!! His legs hung limp by his sides and he wasn't moving. When I ran out there, he had this look on his face like "hey, get me off this thing"! Since he was wearing a harness, all his weight was supported under his front legs and not his neck. I know he wasn't injured, but I still felt like a dummy when this happened. I always took great care of our cats. They were never let outside on the leash when we were not home. Now however,our cats are all indoor. But, as you can see, Amber loves to go out. She doesn't roam the yard, but we take her out in the car and her shopping cart rides
Sandy, I used to leave the harness on Amber, but do not any more. She did the same thing. Was grooming herself and got her jaw caught. Now, you know how hard it can be to help a regular cat get out of a situation likes this, especially if they panic. It wasn't fun for Amber, she was very upset. So, she only gets the harness put on when we take her places. She never goes out without her leash. I would just die if she got loose and ran away.
Susan, yes, we feed a raw meat diet to Amber, but she also eats the dry Eukanuba that we feed our other kitties.