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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-28-2013, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question Collars ???

what is everyones feeling on a kitten/cat wearing a collar? I am getting my Tonkinese kittens in a few weeks and my daughters want collars on them..lol. I saw some SafeCat breakaway colors that adjust 8-12 inches. are those too big on a kitten? any feedback or experiences would be appreciated.thanks
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That would probably be too large. Are they indoor only? If so there is no real need for collars. I have 5 indoor cats and none wear collars. I do have emergency collars with tags ready in the event of quick evacuation (we live in hurricane country).

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Are they indoor only? If so there is no real need for collars.
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My girls are indoor only and don't wear collars. I feel comfortable because we live in a building where if one of them gets a wild notion to dash the door, they're still enclosed in the building.

If they're to be indoor/outdoor, then yes collars with owners' contact info, plus microchips.


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Indoor only? Then I wouldn't bother, they can come off easily and are unnecessary. The ones that aren't breakaway are unsafe.

I bought a few for Blacky, she's indoor/outdoor, thinking it might be the thing to do. Before putting them on her I tried one on Blaze since he's (mostly) indoor only... he seemed happy with it on, but 30 minutes later it was on the ground. I put it on again when he was outdoors and it was off again. I think he seemed happy with it at first but eventually just didn't want to wear it and had no problem taking it off. It took a bit to find it outside even though it was only sitting in the grass, so I realised I'd be throwing my money away if Blacky ever wore one; she is outside a lot more than Blaze and walks through more than just the backyard.

I put one on Jasper once I felt safe handling him (SafeCat brand) because I was worried he might get out (as he's in the garage), and surprisingly he hasn't taken it off, despite that it's the same collar that Blaze managed to take off almost right away. If I wasn't worried about him outdoors I'd keep it off... it looks nice, but the bell is sort of annoying. I wonder how much he really wants to wear it, too.



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Red face they will be indoors only

I think my girls want them as accessories on their cats..lol. more of a fashion statement if you will. I would remove the **** bell..lol
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But if you remove the bell it's sort of like removing the purpose of the collar (minus accessorizing...), unless you also have ID tags on. I kept the bell on since if Jasper got out I want to be able to hear him (and have birds hear him). That's provided it doesn't get stuck in a branch in 5 minutes.


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When I got Zenobi she had a tattoo and the SPCA supplied an identitiy collar and the number was registered with an organisation that I had to phone and give them my address.

She tolerated it (and I don't see toleration as nice), but when the weather got warm I took it off as soon as she came in and in the evenings, and during her sleep time.

Indoor cats I see as not required or good.

Missy does not go out and does not have a collar.

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Mine don't generally wear collars -- they're strictly indoors.
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I think my girls want them as accessories on their cats..lol. more of a fashion statement if you will. I would remove the **** bell..lol
If they are going outside then keep the bell. The bell is to warn birds otherwise you will have a slaughter on your hands (and dead birds presented as gifts). Yes, that was my first thought that they wanted to dress them up. I'd wait until they are older (the kittens, not the kids), or redirect the girl's dress up desires.

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If your girls want to "decorate" their cats, they can put on a collar for a short time period (e.g., half hour) whenever they feel like, and take the collar off afterwards. I sometimes did that to my cats (collar, hat, cloak, etc.) just for fun But I don't think it's a good idea to leave the collar on the cats all the time just for the "fashion statement". It causes unnecessary discomfort to the cat, and sometimes can be dangerous (even for the "breakable" ones!). Besides, those breakable collars aren't pretty IMHO, and the nice-looking collars are usually not safe.


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