Monday, January 17, 2005

ID Tag Concern

The day after we brought Arthur and Beowulf home, we went to local Petco and got them engraved ID tags with their names and our phone numbers. Considering that these are indoor-only cats, one might argue that they don't need ID tags, but you never know when they might accidentally leave the apartment.

As you might image, the cats often try to chew at the ID tags, but since they are nice shiney metal, they don't come apart. That said, I'm starting to wonder if perhaps I should either remove their ID tags for a while or find some kind of light plastic tag for them instead. The reason I'm thinking about changing or removing their tags is that the metal tags might actually pose more danger to our apartment than the cats do. Everytime the cats jump on something or run into something (like the window), the loudest bang comes from the heavy metal ID tag clanging into things. I'm very concerned that they may smash the windows and it would be the ID tag that smashed them, not their body weight or their paws.

Can anyone recommend a lightweight ID tag or do you think I can just live without them for a while? Of course, any ID tag would have to be hard enough to be tooth-proof, since they chew at their ID tags all the time.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi! regarding the ID tag problem go to boomerangtags.com. These unique tags fit on the collar itself, and don't hang down, so they don't get caught, or bang around like traditional hanging tags do. Also inexpensive, but high quality. I have 2 cats and am pleased with this product.

Anonymous said...

Addition to the above comment: Boomerangtags have the traditional hanging tags, but to find the neat tags I'm referring to on the site scroll down to CollarTags.

Avram said...

I love the concept of the collar tags, but have one concern. My fiancee Liz wonders if they might choke the cats if the tag swings around to their throat area. Any risk of this? What's your experience?

Anonymous said...

I have been looking at tags on petsmart.com. The cats name and your phone number is written right on to the collar so there is no tag. It also has a safety buckle and a removable bell. Here is the link. Sorry its so long

PS Have you microchipped them? That can also be a lifesaver if they somehow get out.

http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441806512&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302025528&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023690&CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673333337&bmUID=1105999249261

Timmy said...

That collar sounds like a very clever (and much cheaper) idea than the microchip. Though, I'd say get the chip anyway...if the collar gets caught on anything, it will come undone and your cat would be left with no i.d. Look into the microchip thingy.

Avram said...

They were chipped at the shelter before we adopted them. Still, I have to send in a card with my address on it so thanks for the reminder on that. That said, in the most likely scenario, the chip is no good. Let's say one or both of the boys run out the door when I'm letting someone in and then they somehow dash to the elevator and one of my neighbors finds them. My neighbors don't have a microchip reader, but they could read my phone number off the tags and call me.

Avram said...

I like the embroidered collar, but I wonder if people would think to read it.

Anonymous said...

I think the microchip is more for if the cat ends up being picked up by animal control or brought to a shelter by whoever finds the cat...OR if someone brings the cat to the vet, the vet can scan.

About the collar, in the picture it seemed like the numbers and letters were quite large. If someone is going to try to find its owner, he will look closely enough to see the info. My cats are indoor and I've realized a collar isn't really necessary but I am tempted to get those. I do have collars for when I travel or when they are pet sat. They have regular tags, they don't bug them.

socidoc said...

Well, my two cents worth is still another view on it: I've never collared any of my cats (I keep them strictly indoors unless I am out, walking them and yes, they do stay pretty much with me, without leashes). I think you may have tapped into one of the major controversies surrounding cat care: whether or not to collar (microchipping probably a good idea in any case). I'm always afraid that if they do get away, they'll manage to get the collar caught in something and strangle themselves. I'd rather I made sure to keep a very close eye on them when out (I simply trained them to my voice with constant positive voice reinforcement, very easy, no clicker needed). That's my two cents.

Thumper said...

In the almost 40 years I've had cats, and all those cats have had tags, not once have they presented a problem. Yes, they tinkle and make noises when the cats brush against things. But they're not going to break anything. Put a ring on your finger and tap it on glass--that's a lot more likely to do damage than an ID tag.

They can't chew a metal tag up.
They CAN chew a plastic tag up.

If they get out of the apartment w/o ID, how will you feel?

I've had the collars with the name & number embroidered before, and they don't last long. Cats scratch at their collars with their hind legs, and snag the letters. Max's embroidered collar lasted all of 3 months. It was barely readable after 2.

It's not likely that the metal tags will do any damage, nor is it likely they'll hurt themselves or their teeth on them. The only way they'll be breaking windows with the tags is if the windows have flaws--and then *anything* could break them.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Thumper. Unless you have anvils around their necks, there is no way a metal ID tag is going to break a window by banging up against it. My cats have scratched their way through a number of "weaved" material collars. Nothing would be legible within a very short period of time. If you feel you must have a collar on them, I too suggest metal.