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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2015, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Beastie Band caused hair loss?

Peter is a door dasher, so in spite of being an indoor cat, he wears a collar. He is microchipped, but too many people don't check animals for chips so I am very uncomfortable with the idea of him not having a collar. We handle the door dashing well, but when maintenance comes to the apartment, they often let the cat out as other people in our complex have outdoor cats.

We took off his beastie band the other night to change patterns (we have about a dozen different ones) and his fur had been rubbed off to velvet. It looks like the collar broke the hair with its movement. There does NOT appear to be any skin irritation whatsoever--no pinkness at all on a white skinned cat. It just looks like his very plush coat had the hair broken off short by the collar.

Other than the aesthetic matter of him missing hair where it would be covered by fur anyway, as long as we check regularly for skin irritation (and we would immediately remove it if we saw any sign of irritation at all) would it harm him to continue wearing the collar?

He had been wearing that one collar for awhile as we had lost most of his non-seasonal beastie bands when we moved, but we just ordered a bunch more and now are back up to our usual dozen, which means collar changes will be very regular again. He's been wearing beastie bands for about a year and I had noticed the hair was shorter there awhile back, but it was not this short. He hates the nylon collars with the clasp and fights to get them off, but he doesn't even seem to notice he's wearing a beastie band.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-03-2015, 10:37 AM
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Beastie Band caused hair loss?

Have had a beastieband on my cat for 3-4months with no hairloss observation. It is a very soft neoprene type material, I cant imagine it causing this.

Had it off most recently, this past Sunday for a shower.

Since it is a porous? Nylon covered neoprene... Could it have picked up a bacteria?

You have photos?

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I suppose it's possible--we HAVE switched to a new collar. His coat is so plush his hair all stands on end like mine does (I have very thick hair) and I can't wear hairbands regularly without my hair breaking off. We'll see.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-03-2015, 12:55 PM
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Admitting my ignorance but this is the first time I have heard of a beastie band. How are they different to other collars?
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Beastie bands are a neoprene collar with a soft backing. They clasp with velcro and stretch to pull off the cat's head if it gets caught. This means it lays very flat and is very soft. The soft backing (which is like a softer, velvety version of the soft side of velcro) grips the fur slightly, I find, so it doesn't slide. I LOVE these collars. I pair them with a boomerang tags CollarTag and he has nothing standing out from his fur, moving or jingling. He doesn't shred them trying to scratch them off like he does other collars.
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Just saw the photo request! He was not best pleased and I had to hold his chin to get a good look--it's more pronounced under his chin than on the back-- but I hope you can make this out.

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I bought one of these, and my 4 year old Cali keeps getting one of her claws stuck in the collar and she cannot get it out. I have watched her and she will sit and lick her claw to try and free it. I have to pull her claw out.
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I bought one of these, and my 4 year old Cali keeps getting one of her claws stuck in the collar and she cannot get it out. I have watched her and she will sit and lick her claw to try and free it. I have to pull her claw out.
Time to trim her claws then!
Just take off the tips!
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-03-2015, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Peter's never had a claw get stuck, but I do keep his claws quite short. I'm overall very, very happy, except for this hair breakage issue.
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