Friday, December 16, 2005

Collar Questions

You may have noticed that Arthur does not have a collar on in any of his recent pictures or videos. He has gotten so good at removing his safety collar that we stopped bothering to put it back on him. However, I am very concerned about the fact that he has no ID.

What if there were an emergency and he and his brother were evacuated? He has a microchip under his skin, but no tags b/c he can't wear the collar. Can I use a traditional buckle collar on him, rather than the breakaway collar I was using? Or are traditional collars dangerous? I don't want him to get caught on something and choke, but I don't want him going collarless and tagless either. Can anyone recommend a collar that is safe for the cat, but can't be removed so easily?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

My two girls are strictly indoor cats and they don't try to run outdoors, so neither of them wear a collar. As long as the boys can be trusted not to dart outside your home, you should be safe without ID tags. If they do manage to get out and get lost, most vets and humane societies do scan to see if there is a microchip. No sense spending money when he's just going to wriggle out of it. (Those darn cats!) :)

Ann (mom to Abby & Sophie)

Carrie said...

I wouldn't use a buckle collar- if it gets caught on something, results might be bad. If your cats are good about not escaping to the outside, I wouldn't worry too much, although I would make sure that your cats are wearing a collar anytime they go outside, like a trip to the vets. They shouldn't be able to slip out of a collar in a cat carrier!

Max said...

We use regular buckle collars on our cats. The safety collars just didn't work...I weighed the odds, and figured they needed their tags most of all, just in case they got out. Even chipped, the tags are, IMNSHO, necessary...

Avram said...

My cats are good about not escaping the apartment, but I can still see a situation where ID tags would be necessary.

Let's say I was at work and the building was on fire and emergency personnel came into the apartment rescued the boys. I have a sticker I'm going to put on the door. How would they call me to let me know or keep track of whose cats they were.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried Beastie Bands? They are a hit on the about.com cat forum. Also how about the collars that are like beastie bands but you can put their name and phone number on the collar instead of having a tag. Maybe if the collar is lightweight it won't bug your kitty so much and he'll just leave it alone.

Sidney said...

I have a cat who looks a lot like Arthur and we have the same problem with him and safety collars. I've lost several and finally just bought a box full mail order. I agree with the other posters who warn against buckle collars. As leaves started to fall I found the collar from one of my neighbor's cats hanging in a tree. It was a short tree but it was fortunate it was a safety collar. With Oliver, I have managed to keep collars on him the longest by tightening them to a point that fits his neck as snugly as possible while still remaining comfortable.

Muddy, BloggingCat.com said...

I am not good at wearing a collar, too. The mother just keeps information posted prominently and the cat carrier has information on it, too. Since we are housecats, we feel pretty safe. -- Muddy, BloggingCat.com

socidoc said...

None of my kitties have ever been good about wearing a collar. I don't let them out *except* when I am confident they will STAY WITH ME (I take them for VERY short walks, just around my parking lot and the next door empty/shrub-filled lot)...I've been very lucky with them, as they stay close. I wouldn't take them out if I had ANY fear that they would "escape". And I am very anxious about collars, getting caught on things, even in the apartment, strangling them, etc. More anxious than I would be if they simply ran off without a collar. Since your kitties are both microchipped, and since most vets now check automatically for those... I'd say... leave them collar-free and watch the door when you leave. They will be OK. You are both very conscientious cat-parents. Give them the safety of being collar-free. That's my opinion.

Avram said...

I guess I worry about situations where they would be evacuated (a fire, an emergency of some sort). I hope that the fire dept or some of the building staff would try to evacuate them if we were not home at the time of the emergency.

BTW, Beowulf never removes his safety collar. I'm wondering if maybe there's a different kind of safety collar that's a little harder to remove. Arthur manages to use his paw to pull it open.

Anonymous said...

if u don't have these already, it might help 2 get those static sticky tags 2 stick on ur window (near ur front door, or i guess u could put it on the wall outside the door, since u look like u live in an apt?)...there 2 warn firefighters that animals r inside. u can check off dog, cat, etc or write in the number of dogs, cats, etc. u can either buy them or get some by ordering from the aspca website or donate 2 pets and animals in distress (i donated and received 6 in the mail as a gift, it has a pic of a dog with a FD hat on). u could probably put on a cell number if u wanted as well or if not, write on there that the cats r microchipped and they could get ur contact info that way. just a thought.

Anonymous said...

in our area, if the cats get out and they are not tagged some people think they are feral and will trap and release them out in the country. they don't check for microchips or canvas houses. they just take them. microchips do no good if they are not taken to the vet or the humane society. I have one who keeps getting her breakaway off - I finally put a flea collar on and she can't get that off. I've done that for 10 years with her - per the vet, don't need to keep changing it as we are not using it for flea control.

socidoc said...

I tried to post this earlier, so I apologize if eventually it shows up twice...

I really hope Avram does not opt for the flea collar option. Flea collars are not good for cats! Sure, they may not die immediately... but those collars are engorged with poisonous chemicals that are not healthy for our fur-babies! Cat care-takers need to be aware of this. Veterinarians usually don't recommend these... use Advantage or Frontline, one of the once-per-month application solutions to fleas (expensive but much better for the cat).

Sorry, just had to say this~

Avram said...

Thanks. I would never use a flea collar. I've read all about them.

Anonymous said...

You could always try the buckle collars that stretch all the way around (not the ones with the little bit of elastic, but ones that are ALL elastic). Just make sure that it stretches far enough that were it snagged on something, it would extend far enough to let kitty escape.

Anonymous said...

my cat is an indoor cat but always tries to run out. I have bought 3 collars. This latest one has a small piece of elastic, buckle and I have it a little tight. I am so afraid of him getting out and lost. He is onl 6 months old. My other cat, at age 2 got a collar and never paid it any attention

2cats2 said...

Forget collars for cats--there are just too many problems. For those instances when something is needed, why not use a harness? They come in sizes small enough for grown cats and you can attach tags, etc. to them; and cats can't wriggle out of them!