Many people think that cat collars are simply another fashion accessory or adornment for pets, and while there are some stunning cat collars around, that’s not their primary function! Nor are they a modern invention or ‘fad’, in fact, paintings found in Egypt from thousands of years ago show cats wearing collars.
So, why do people put collars on their cats?
* To scare off smaller animals such as birds or mice that your cat might hunt
* Often owners will attach a tag with the owners address or phone number in case the cat gets lost.
* To let other people (such as neighbours) know that the cat isn’t a stray when they see it wandering through their garden.
* And of course, because they’re pretty!
* In most cases, one collar size fits all adult cats. However kittens may need a smaller size. Outdoor cats should only wear 'safety' collars.
* When you put a collar on your cat, you should be able to comfortably fit two fingers between the cats neck and the collar, so that if the collar gets stuck on something, the cat will be able to wriggle free.
* Put a collar on your kitten as soon are you get it, even if it’s not going to be allowed outside for a while. This will allow the kitten to get used to it early on.
* If you have a more outgoing breed, such as a Siamese, then it is possible to get them to walk on a lead. However, it is very important that you do not pull the cat around or attempt to get them to do anything they’re not happy with.
Possible features of cat collars:
* Elastic: this allows the cat to get free if it is caught on something, such as a branch or a fence. This is vital if you allow your cat outside. Click here to see some of our elasticated collars.
* Bell: this alerts other animals, especially those that your cat might be hunting, of your cats presence. This is incredibly useful if you don’t want your cat bringing any offerings into your house. To begin with the cat might find it annoying, but it will soon get used to it.
* A tag with the owner’s name and phone number or address. Often people will put the pet’s name on the tag too; however, a disadvantage of this is that if the pet is stolen the thief will know the name that the cat answers to.