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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!!
 

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Thomas did that too with the first collar I got for him. It was the smallest one they had and I had it on the tightest setting and he still got it stuck in his mouth. I almost had a heart attack. I thought he was going to break his jaw!

I just waited until he was a little bigger and put the collar back on him, it worked fine once he had a bigger neck.
 

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it worked fine once he had a bigger neck.
yes, that's why I'm waiting with Rocket and Tommy, but Mellie's a calico and I think she's pretty close to full grown, a petite cat.

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My mother-in-law put a flea collar on her cat. The poor thing got his paw caught in it. When kitty came running across the road it looked like she only had 3 legs and had been hit by a car. Needless to say she stopped using the collar.

Tim - I wanted to try collars on my girls, I don't think either is going to like it, I will let you know how I make out!
 

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I tried to put collars on our kitties...instead of resisting, they just stopped and stood still. It was so strange. We tried to have them adjust slowly, but they just stood there not knowing what to do. Finally, I took them off. I'm considering microchipping them instead. They're indoor cats, but ya never know!

Maybe you can wait till the kitty is a little larger, then put it on a little every day, increasing the time. Let us know what you decide.
 

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then put it on a little every day, increasing the time.
well, that I've already done, and the same thing happens every time. :cry:

I don't know how much bigger she'll get; I don't think she's grown at all in the last month.
 

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if you just make it a regular thing, the cat will keep it on for sure.

i made beaded collars for my black cats with blue scarab beads in the middle (they looked like bastet, so cute!). and i made them out of a thin thin elastic that would just break if they got it caught on something.

boo got hers off within a day, but spooky had hers on for weeks until it wore and broke itself.

so maybe if you try something thin that doesn't constrict them, it might work better.

instead of spending all of that money on different sized collars, train her with some thin thin elastic so she gets used to having something around her neck
 

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instead of spending all of that money on different sized collars, train her with some thin thin elastic so she gets used to having something around her neck
that's a good idea. I'll try that. Have to find/buy some, though.
 

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Tim, They sell that fine elastic in the craft section of Walmart or any craft store. See if that helps.
 

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Just dont' leave her unsupervised with the elastic. She could break it and then ingest it, or she could stretch it and get it wrapped around her neck really tight.
 

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knowing how she reacts to something around her neck, I'm not going to leave her unsupervised with ANYTHING there. the incident I described in the first post in this thread happened while I had my back turned for about 10 seconds.
 

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Poor baby. I think I would just put the collar on while holding on to it, and massaging or scratching the kitty around the neck if they like that, then take it off right away. I wouldn't let the kitty free with it on until she is okay with you holding it on her.
 

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well, the problem, as described in the first post in the thread, is that she IS OK with it as long as I'm holding her :? because her attention is distracted as she's not paying any attention to it.

I'm going to look for the elastic and try that. hopefull, because it's much lighter, she'll get used to it easier.

she's a VERY fastidious cat, and I just think the impulse to clean herself is going to be hard to overcome.
 

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I would try using an opposite strategy, make the collar extremely loose, so when the cat gets stuck, she will be able to easily get out of it. Slowly, over time, tighten it, and by the time she is used to it, it will be of normal tightness!


hope it works
 

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thanks for the suggestion; I did try that, so loose it slips off her head, and she still got her jaw stuck. but that time it was easy to get unstuck. :roll:
 
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