What type of collar is the most likely to stay on my cats? I have three indoor cats that never seem to have their collars on. I've been using the safety release type. I've replaced them thinking the clip might be worn, but it was only a matter of days before those were off as well. I usually find the collars in the middle of the floor so they're not getting caught on anything (unless it's another cat).
Before I buy more collars, does anyone had good luck with a particular style? My cats all have microchips, but I want to make sure they look "owned" if they ever get out. There's a lot of people in my neighborhood that take in "strays" without ever taking them into the vet.
By cs_jag from Hillsboro, OR
Years ago I found Beastie Bands, and since then I use nothing else for my cats. I bought mine at the vet's office. They are stretchy, rubbery bands with an outside fabric layer printed in many different designs and colors. Beastie Bands close with velcro, and tags can be attached easily. They were about $5 each the last time I bought them, and they last several years. They are very comfortable for the cats, and being stretchy, they come off easily if the cat gets snagged on something.
In the house there isn't usually much for them to get caught on, and your cats are hopefully indoor cats anyway. Only occasionally do I find a Beastie Band on the floor. For some reason they aren't sold in stores like PetSmart or Petco, at least here on Long Island. The designs are adorable and you can buy them to match your cat's personality. Below is a link to their website, and they have a "Retail" button to help you find a store or vet in your state that sells them. I hope this helps.
Don't stop with the break away collars. Maybe they are in the middle of the room because you cat plays with it after it comes off. They break away so your cat isn't strangled if it gets caught on something.
I've seen some other safe alternatives to the break-aways at the store (like stretchy elastic collars). I was also wondering if it was maybe the brand. Does anyone have a type/brand that works best for their Houdini cat?
I have been wondering this very thing. I have not found a real good answer. I have found that keeping the collars shorter helps. But they can still get going with their hind feet and scratch them off. I am also careful to get a collar material that they cant get their teeth through. My new kitten had her new collar on and while trying to bite at the tags got the teeth of her lower jaw hooked into the collar and was then locked into that position. She was frantic. Luckily I was there to see it and release her. I now just get the best quick release collar I can and hope if they are ever lost that if stays on.
There is one store in the area that sells the Beastie Bands and it is only a couple blocks from one of the train stops on my way home from work. I'm going to give them a try. Thanks for the recommendation!
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