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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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What do you think....

Is it a good idea to have a collar on an indoor cat, incase they ever slipped outside...or do you think it is to danergous (ex. they may get it caught on something when your not home etc)
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 07:17 PM
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Re: Collar

I guess it's projecting a bit of my own dislike of anything around my neck, but I've never considered putting a collar on any of my girls. They're all indoor kitties and all microchipped.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 08:43 PM
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Hey! That gave me something to think about! I've never been able to wear chains/metal around my neck (break-out in a rash) and can only have jewels, pearls, beads or ribbon/cord and I wonder if that has influenced my preference? I have never been a fan of collars on animals or halters on horses unless needed for direct control.
With the horses, you do *not* want a 1,000 animal to struggle if they get their halter (nylon will NOT break) caught on anything and I disliked the ruffled fur at cats/dogs' necks from collars. Where we live, collars won't help cats. If my housecats are out for longer than a few minutes, I am actively searching and anything beyond several hours I will be knocking on doors and handing out flyers to the surrounding houses/properties so there could be no question that I'm looking and if they see the described cat to contact me.



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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 08:47 PM
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Re: Collar

I used to collar Misty and Stormy. Eventually I got tired of the where-has-Misty-left-her-collar-today game and collared only Stormy. Then I discovered she was developing white hairs where the collar was. I figured that couldn't be good, so I stopped collaring her, too.

She still has the white hairs. I feel sort of guilty about that.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Collar

good points.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2009, 02:20 PM
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Re: Collar

Mine are microchipped. When I go out of town and other people are taking care of them I do put on collars "just in case".

Now if you insist on your kitty wearing a collar even after it is microchipped might I suggest this tasteful collar!




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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-18-2009, 07:13 PM
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Thats very cute Merry
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-18-2009, 10:00 PM
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Re: Collar

Personally I like collars on my kitties. When the boys were younger they wore harnesses, with two i needed handles! lol. (i really did use them as handles...) Also, they needed bells. They kept sneaking up on Jitzu and I was afraid for their LIVES!!! lol

Now that they are older I like having their information on them, but mostly I like finding a collar that matches their personality. Jitzu has a black leopard print collar (and I've been debating getting her a shiny black pleather one...lol) and it suits her great, Torri's is pink leopard print and it suits the little princess, Doran's is grey and red plaid, and Muffin's is red and beige plaid, for my two little gentleman.

I just like them to wear collars. I do take them off and give the kitties a scratch under them regularly, but I feel safer with them on. Around here microchips are virtually unknown, so if I had done the chipping (planning on it, but broke...*sigh*) and a kitty got out there would still be no guarantee. In fact people generally assume if the animal has no collar it was dumped, or a stray. So, the usually just keep it. IMO the collars are safer in my area.

But really, it's up to you. Whatever you choose she'll get used to it.
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