Cat Collar Comparison
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Cat Collar Buying Guide
Factors to Consider
We have listed the factors that you want to look at when you are searching for your cat’s collar. These factors will ensure that the collar you choose is not only stylish but safe too.
- Breakaway – There are two types of collars that you can get for your cat that have this breakaway feature. One is an elastic stripping that is located behind the buckle. This elastic will stretch if the cat gets it caught and will allow the cat to slip free of the collar. The second mechanism is the breakaway buckle or catch. This type has a buckle or release that is usually rated for a certain breakaway load that will vary from 5 or 6 pounds to 11 pounds or so. On the release type of collar, the release or buckle will come apart if it is caught on something. The result is the same, the cat will able to get out of danger if he gets hung on something by the collar.
- Collar Width – Cat collars are usually narrower that dog collars to accommodate the smaller neck sizes that they have. Don’t choose wide collars for a cat because they will not sit comfortably around their neck and could prevent them from moving naturally when they are walking and climbing.
- Collar Weight – Even larger cats don’t have the bone structure or weight that a dog has. This means that a heavy, bulky collar will cause them trouble. If the collar is super heavy the cat will be off balance and it could cause them to miscalculate jumps and climbing. Collars with charms or bling of some kind that is stiff can cause them to scratch or damage their skin, especially the way they clean themselves so much.
These considerations above do not make it impossible to find a collar. A lot of cat collar manufacturers make sure that these factors are included in the creation of the collar. Making sure the collar has these points will provide you with a collar your cat will be happy to wear.
- Must be a breakaway collar – This is probably the single most important feature of the collar you buy. Making sure that the collar is breakaway will give you the reassurance you need that your cat is safe while it is out and about, or even in the house.
- Cat Bells – This may seem like nothing but a decorative feature but the little cat bells that are on most cat collars actually have a purpose. Cats are notorious bird chasers and they can move very stealthily. The bell prevents the cat from being able to sneak up on birds and kill them. It can also help cat owners keep track of their cats.
- ID tags- If your cat is an outdoor cat, having an ID tag is a good way to ensure that your cat would be returned home in the event they become lost. ID tags can be purchased from pet stores or vet’s offices or even online.
- Adjustable – If you purchase a collar for your cat when it is a kitten you will need to check every single week or more to make sure that they haven’t grown too much and caused their collar to start cutting into their necks. You also want to make sure that if your cat is an adult that the collar is fitting properly and is secured. Ideally you want to be able to slide two fingers between the collar and your cat’s neck. Make sure that the collar doesn’t become stretched out or too loose.
Things to Avoid
- Avoid cheap collars that have lots of loose threads, sharp edges, buckles that can come apart or break and other bad quality traits. You want to purchase a good quality, well made cat collar so it lasts a long time and so it is the safest it can be.
- Flea collars are not a good choice for cats due to the allergic reactions and skin sensitivities they can cause. They also tend to be left on the cat long after the term of their use is up.
- Avoid tons of bling, charms, large bells and other things that will hang from the collar excessively. These can irritate the cat and also cause problems by getting caught.
Cat collars are not just for decoration. They offer the same benefits that dog collars offer to dogs. There are a lot of different cat collars on the market made from different materials ranging from leather to nylon. When choosing the right cat collar, it’s important to remember to look for the kind of collar that looks great on your cat but that also provides the safety that is important for your cat to have.
The best material to look for is polyester. It is easy to adjust, is breathable and is easy best suited to the safety features that cat owners look. Polyester is also a lot more durable and will last longer than other materials. It can be solid colors or have patterns printed on it as well so you are not stuck with one or two choices and that’s it.
Once you have found the cat collar you want to use for your cat, there will be a period of adjustment for the cat if they have not worn a collar before. Make sure the collar doesn’t have a lot of charms hanging from it and that it is lightweight. Use catnip if necessary to keep the cat distracted while they are getting used to the cat collar.
If you have followed the tips and suggestions in this guide, the cat collar you have chosen will not be heavy or bothersome to the cat at all and hopefully will be lightweight enough that the cat doesn’t pay any attention to it. Just make sure that the fit is accurate and that the safety features are in place and your cat will have a brand new collar to show off.
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