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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
When we had our Cocker, our Vet suggested to NOT keep his Rabies tag on his collar.I asked why......she said that they tend to fall off and then get lost.She said she suggests that you keep it on your key chain so you know where it is at all times.So, that's what we did.
Now onto my question..................how many of you keep the Rabies tag on the collar of your cat/kitten?
How many use collars?
We HAD one on Blaze and I was scared that she would get caught on something.So, I took it off.Am I being paranoid?
What is everyones suggestions?
I've got her Rabies tag on a nail on the wall right by the computer.
Suggestions please
post #2 of 20
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Originally Posted by crittermom
When we had our Cocker, our Vet suggested to NOT keep his Rabies tag on his collar.I asked why......she said that they tend to fall off and then get lost.She said she suggests that you keep it on your key chain so you know where it is at all times.So, that's what we did.
Now onto my question..................how many of you keep the Rabies tag on the collar of your cat/kitten?
How many use collars?
We HAD one on Blaze and I was scared that she would get caught on something.So, I took it off.Am I being paranoid?
What is everyones suggestions?
I've got her Rabies tag on a nail on the wall right by the computer.
Suggestions please
I don't use tags or collars. We don't even give tags out for cats here... I have my kids micro chipped.
post #3 of 20
My babies are microchipped as well. They don't wear collars (even though I know they should be doubly identified for safety's sake) because when I first put one on Pete Pete she performed all manner of acrobatics & managed to pull on the end & practically strangle herself with it. After I took it off her brother came & sat down in front of me with a "Me too, please" look, so I removed his as well & that was the end of that. They sure have me trained!

If you'd like Blaze to wear a collar, there are "break-away" collars, which are designed to snap off if they get hooked on something. Those are the only kind of collars that my vet recommends.

Amanda
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
No, I'm happy without the collars.I was just curious how many used them.
Thanks for the suggestion on the break away collars, if I ever think of getting her one, I'll be sure to look for one!!!
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They sure have me trained!
Blaze has us trained too!!!
post #5 of 20
I use breakaway collars with ID tags and rabies tags on them. The tags are secure on the collars, and I pretested the collars to see how much force it takes for them to 'break away' and it doesn't take much so I'm comfortable using them. My cats got used to the collars quick.
post #6 of 20
I had them on Moo and Noo till a few weeks ago. I was getting ready for work and I walked by and I noticed Noodles was rolling by a floor vent and her collar was open around her. I picked her up and she laid against me which I found a little odd. Then when I went to pick up the collar I noticed the tag had gotten stuck in there and thats why the collar opened. I monitored her for a few minutes after that and she was fine fortunately, but I tried opening the collar again and it was really hard to open for a saftely collar! So the tags came off and I went off to get them new safety collars from Petsmart. The ones I got now open very easily! But I still won't put the tags back on. I used a sharpie to write thier name on the back of thier tags and put them in thier medical files I have here. The cats are also micro-chipped.
post #7 of 20
mine wear tags and collars. i put both rabies tag and i.d. tag on their collar. you should try to use the "split ring" for the tags, rather than the "s-hook" that you bend with the pliers to get on the collar d-ring. those s-hooks will come off. but since switching to the split ring (like on a person's keychain) the tags are solidly there.

i put both tags on there. i worked at a shelter for a few years and if the kitty had both or just the rabies tag: you could contact a vet, verify owner & whether kitty was up-to-date on shots (rabies--by law; & distemper--so we didn't vax for distemper if the kitty was current). the guys' i.d. tags have both my cell # and hubby's cell #. (i had to buy jumbo sized tags when we moved here, cause our address is ridiculously long ) they are not chipped because the last place we lived didn't check for chips at the shelter...and when they got a reader, it only read certain ones.
post #8 of 20
I have a collar with tags and a microchip for Chester. He has a bright yellow tag with his microchip number on it incase the reader doesn't do it's job, and a rabies tag. I decided to have the rabies tag put on because my vet pointed out that if a shelter worker were to see the animal from afar, they would know that its safe to approach. Perhaps I'm covering my bum too much, but what with chester being so young and still having interest in the doors I'm protecting him as much as possible (for now).
post #9 of 20
My kitties are indoor only & micro-chipped.
They wear a safety collar with 2 ID tags ea.
Each tag is printed on both sides.
One tag has their micro-chip info. I keep the original with their medical papers.
The other tag says "If I am outside...I am lost" on one side & on the other side my phone # & their name.
post #10 of 20
We have the tag on the kitties...they also have the break-away tags. They have gotten hung up on things before...but the collars undo themselves immediately. My kitties are indoor kitties...but I am always paranoid that they will accidently get out...we live in an apartment & sometimes maintenance people come in...and they might not be as cautious. So, I like to keep the collars on them with id tag AND rabies info. Zazusdad wants to get Mojo a new tag that says "I've lost my Mojo!" He's a mess...but I think it's very comical...and will probaby end up gettin Mojo a new one! Hope this helps! Talk with you all soon!

~Zazusmom,
and Mojo, too!
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Zazusmom
Zazusdad wants to get Mojo a new tag that says "I've lost my Mojo!" He's a mess...but I think it's very comical...and will probaby end up gettin Mojo a new one! Hope this helps! Talk with you all soon!

That is the funniest thing I've heard all day! How perfect! Wow...that's just great! Tell Zazusdad that I fully support him in his silly actions!
post #12 of 20
My kits are indoor only. They wear breakaway collars with tags that give our name, town and state, and a phone number. We were pretty mad when hubby had to give up his cell phone number due to no longer working for the cell phone company- because we had to buy brand new tags!!! Whats even more annoying is that it was originally his own number, but since it became the company's number to get a discount, they forced him to change!
post #13 of 20
I hope your vet who advised you not to put the rabies tags on your dogs also advised you to put some sort of ID tag on your dog's collar (such as a personalized tag), so he could be returned to you if he were to get lost.

Many people around here who dump dogs on the street remove the tags so the dog can't be traced to them, but leave the collar on in hopes the dog will be seen as adoptable. I've learned from experience that if a dog doesn't have tags, odds are that it's been dumped and I won't be able to locate the owner, so unless I see tags on a loose dog, I won't stop to pick it up.

I keep a minimum of 3 tags each on our dogs - their rabies tag (which also has the vet's phone # on it), their city license tag, and a personalized tag with my address and phone numbers. They've only lost their tags a couple of times, and our vet replaced the lost rabies tag without any trouble. They also have microchips, but I make sure they have visible ID on them at all times, so they can be easily returned to us by anyone who can read their tags.

Our cats wear Beastie Band collars with personalized tags from Lucky Pet with my address & phone # on them. The small sized tags work well for them - Mr is wearing the bow tie one in my siggy pic. I keep their rabies tags in a drawer, because the cats don't like the extra noise having more than one tag makes.

If it's any help, I've found the "S"-hook type tag hooks hold more securely, so those are preferable to use on the dogs' rabies tags. For the cats, I prefer the ring-type tag holders, because they don't hang as far down, and they're lighter so there's less weight to bother the cat.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
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hope your vet who advised you not to put the rabies tags on your dogs also advised you to put some sort of ID tag on your dog's collar (such as a personalized tag), so he could be returned to you if he were to get lost.
Yes, he had a tag on his collar that said his full name,our name,address,phone number, who his Vet was and he was UTD with all shots.
(this is the same dog that bit my son on the face, so he's not here with us anymore---he's happy in a new home without kids)

I will be buying Blaze a break away collar and also pick up an extra one for our new baby who will join us HOPEFULLY this Sunday.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by crittermom
Yes, he had a tag on his collar that said his full name,our name,address,phone number, who his Vet was and he was UTD with all shots.
(this is the same dog that bit my son on the face, so he's not here with us anymore---he's happy in a new home without kids)

I will be buying Blaze a break away collar and also pick up an extra one for our new baby who will join us HOPEFULLY this Sunday.
Wonderful!

I hope your son is OK I'm glad you were able to find the dog a good home
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thank you. Physically he is good, no scars.Emotionally, he's not so good.He has a TERRIBLE fear of ALL dogs now.So, we're working on that slowly.He wakes during the night about once a week with nightmares.........it use to be nightly.So, that's progress.
We've since decided that we'll not have any dogs/pups in our home.We lavish our love on Blaze--- and soon to be little sister, when she gets here Sunday.
Until Blaze "found us", I never knew how much love a cat could give.Now, I wouldn't trade it for anything!!!
post #17 of 20
My kitties have breakaway collars with little bells on them. I keep their rabies tags in a safe place, but I like to hear them jingling around my apartment. Also, I've had one of them get out of the apartment and I was able to chase him down by following the jingling.
post #18 of 20
break away with id tags ... here the rabies certificate is needed and cats are required to have any shots thou mine are up to date ...
post #19 of 20
I don't keep a collar on Cupid in the house, but when I take him somewhere I put one on him. I was worried about him getting out when he was little, so I was over-protective, and now I know he's not going to get out unless someone broke in and let him out.

The one that he has reads: If I'm outside, I'm lost! I am loved & missed! REWARD!!! phone# and his name on front. The other collar/tag has his name on the collar and the same info on the tag, with his initial on front.

I don't put his rabies tag on there because I'm the only one in town with a Sphynx, and I think he a lot of people would know he is mine, and even if they didn't, I doubt they'd assume he's not up to date on his shots.
post #20 of 20
What are rabies tags???
I have never heard of them before. Is it an american requirement?
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