need help getting cat to wear collar
I'm having a real problem getting Mellie to wear a collar. She's OK with the collar as long as her attention is being distracted -- petting, play, whatever -- but as soon as she's left alone, she thinks the collar is something on her neck that needs to be "cleaned" off, and she gets her lower jaw stuck under it. I can't get the collar tight enough to prevent it. This last time I tried, it was even tighter than the "two fingers" rule, and she still got her jaw stuck. The poor kitty was terrified, and so was I, terrified that she might hurt herself, and terrified I might get hurt trying to get it off! It's a safety collar, but she had the clasp in her mouth and I wasn't going to get my fingers anywhere near there. Quickly I got a scissors and cut the **** thing off. My poor little baby!
I would like them to wear collars eventually in case they get out. But I don't want to put poor Mellie through that again. Any suggestions on how I can get her to wear a collar, or other ideas? Thanks!!