Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
When I was showing HHP's in the 70's the judges remarked about "collar" marks on the necks of some cats - was usually an indication the cat spent time outside and that was frowned on.
IMO indoor cats don't need to be wearing collars.
One other mention on the microchipping (just found it out recently from my labrador message board). There are 3 companies making them and none are compatable with another. Which means that the shelter must have 3 different scanners (one for each company). Most shelters do not have all the scanners; so if you are with one company and the shelter has a scanner with a different company the microchip will NOT be read. Keep that in mind - may want to check with your local shelters before you spend the money on microchipping.
If you're considering microchipping, you might want to call your shelters and ask if they check for microchips, and what kind of scanner they have, and if it's a universal scanner. If it isn't a universal scanner, you can direct them to Avid or HomeAgain for a free one. I have read that the Banfield chips aren't compatible, so you may want to research that if you're considering a Banfield chip.
My animals all have the Avid microchip - just to be safe, I had the Humane Society scan my dog with their HomeAgain universal reader, and her number showed up on it just fine - so I feel better about it now.
As for the collars...even though you may do your best to keep your cats indoors, it is a definite possibility that an indoor cat may accidentally get outside at some point in time - careless guests, maintenance workers, burglary, house fire, a window left open, a clever door-opening cat, a natural disaster - there are all sorts of things that can happen.
And if any of my cats ever get outside, I want them to be readily idenitifiable as a pet, so that they can be returned to me. The easiest way to make sure a cat can be identified as a pet is with a safety collar & tag - people are becoming more educated about microchips, but a safety collar & tag immediately identify a cat as a pet, while a microchip serves as a safety backup in case the collar & tag are lost and the cat ends up at a shelter.
My 2 cents