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Cotton Collar for Allergies

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Gizmo's on her third collar in nine months. She claws the others to flinders. I got a cute black one with white mice on it and the mice turned into chenille fringe...and since she was always scratching I figured that her allergies might include polyester products. So I managed to find a very nice little cotton fabric collar (quick release safety) at a cat food store at the same time I got her new steel water and food dishes. If your cat wears a collar and is constantly scratching its head and neck, a change of fabric might help. Gizmo hasn't made as much noise with her 'castanet solos' today.
post #2 of 7
Good idea. But I don't think cats really need to be wearing collars. Most of my cats were show cats and never wore a collar in their lives.

My first cat had a collar only cause he was indoor/outdoor for awhile. And Ling wears a collar (its too big on her) only cause I want to know where she is in the house cause she is more likely to try and get out the door. Her collar has a little bell on it.

But if your cat is not tempted to go outside, keep the collar off
post #3 of 7
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My cat has a collar for several reasons.

I am losing my hearing and cannot hear the cat. This has led to my stepping on her several times in the dim light (my vision isn't much to write home about either.) The bell on her collar means I know where she is.

In addition, I disagree entirely that indoor cats should not wear collars. In the event of a fire, she needs to be identified if the firemen rescue her.

And the local craigslist and telephone poles are full of ads by people who had indoor cats that sneaked out the door, got lost, and have no collars with any identification. They will probably never see their pets again.
post #4 of 7
That is true, but I've been showing/breeding cats for 30 yrs and none of my indoor cats ever got out, we never had a fire, etc. While it CAN happen, the chances are that it won't happen rather then it will happen.

Cats wearing collars have "collar rings" around their necks. I know when I started showing cats, the judges would remark on collar rings because at that time it usually meant the cats were allowed outside and it was stressed to keep them indoors.

None of the people I know that show cats ever have collars on their cats.
post #5 of 7
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That's fine, but Gizmo is not a show cat and she does not have a 'collar ring' since I leave the collar loose enough to get two fingers between it and her neck, as the vet recommended.

I"m leaving her collars on for the very sufficient reasons I gave in my previous message.
post #6 of 7
Is the collar a breakaway kind? If not, you could risk the cat getting his collar caught in/on something and choking or injurying himself. Maybe that's why it was said about not wearing collars - at the time you only had buckle collars for cats which resulting in deaths.

If you are using the breakaway ones, then its a lot safer to wear inside.
post #7 of 7
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Yes, the collars have all been breakaway models. Gizmo is in no danger of hanging herself up on anything; the furniture has wide, broad arms that don't provide a 'hook'.
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