8 month old kitten refuses to wear collar - help?
Now that my 8 month old kitten, Gretchen, has a big enough neck to wear a collar, it's been rough going getting her to wear one. I have two cats, and Lavender (10 months) LOVES her collar. I got them about five months ago, and Lavender has been fine with a collar all along. Gretchen was so painfully shy when I brought her home that it took almost two weeks for her to come out from underneath my bed. She's great now, with me, and she's just now getting to warm up to visitors, but they still make her nervous. I really want them both to be wearing collars with my phone number on it just in case. I live in a secure apartment complex, but my roommate can be so absentminded sometimes that he will leave the door open and they go out and have a field day in the hall. Plus the neighbors take them sometimes if I have to go somewhere for the weekend, and I just want to be safe.
Anyway - here's what happens: I will put the collar on Gretchen, and she will immediately go hide under my dining room table for at least an hour. When she comes out, she is NOT herself at all... she moves very slowly and if I pick her up to try and comfort her, it doesn't work, so I will put her down and she will stay in that spot and not move. I don't really know what to do. I'm wondering if I should just leave it on and eventually she will be fine? I've been taking it off because I'm not sure what the best thing would be and I don't want to traumatize her or anything!