Most cat owners enjoy lavishing their feline friends with different kinds of presents and a collar ranks high on that list. While collars denote ownership, they are also a way of accessorizing a cat for the fashion conscious and communicating individual tastes and preferences to the world.
A much more practical reason for a cat owner to acquire a collar is for the purpose of identification. We all know how cats can be; their curiosity is insatiable, and being natural climbers, they can’t seem to stay away from strange and dangerous places.
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Sadly, uncollared cats that can’t seem to trace their way back home are usually considered feral or strays. So, their handling and overall treatment will be unlike that offered to lost but collared cats. If your cat is adventurous, and doesn’t get enough of the outdoors, getting a collar is vital to increasing your cat’s safety. Also, collars easily facilitate the use of identification tags on which contact information can be provided so that you can be reached in case your cat is picked up doing the rounds on the streets.
If your cat is adventurous, and doesn’t get enough of the outdoors, getting a collar is vital to increasing your cat’s safety. Also, collars easily facilitate the use of identification tags on which contact information can be provided so that you can be reached in case your cat is picked up doing the rounds on the streets.
In this article, we provide you with the nitty-gritties of cat collars, helping you to decide on the best one for your cat. Additionally, we’ll review the top 5 cat and kitten collars on the market which should provide you with some inspiration.
Getting a well-fitting collar for your cat or kitten could be likened to shopping for that perfectly fitting dress for a gala night. It is much more intricate than it would at first seem. Collars are designed in a variety of colors and styles, so picking the best from the many on offer for your cat is a tough task! Besides, finding a chic collar that also incorporates useful qualities can be an uphill struggle. Practical collars are stylish, safe and can easily help to identify your cat when they get lost.
Ordinarily, cats tend to fall into tricky situations, and more often than not, it is the collar that gets caught on an obstacle. If your cat tends to fall into such situations on a regular basis, it is absolutely essential that he is able to pop his collar free. While there are breakaway collars that pop off easily, they are easy to lose once your cat breaks free.
Fortunately, you have the option of choosing breakaway collars with an elastic buckle – the collar is stretchy, allowing your cat to easily break free and get to safety whilst the collar remains attached to their neck. Also, they do not get lost that easily and are preferred by most cat owners.
That said, their safety record is way below that of breakaway collars; they can easily twist and can get stuck around your cat’s jaw.
Quality and Durability
Obviously, a long-lasting collar saves you the trouble of having to shop for a new one regularly. If you want a collar that will withstand years of wear, choose one that is made from a durable material.
Collars come in different materials; polyester, cotton or even a nylon webbing. All these make reliable and sturdy choices. However, most cats are at ease wearing natural materials. When choosing a collar, first consider whether your cat is sensitive to the material used to make the collar.
Fit and Adjustability
To ensure that you purchase a fitting collar, ensure you know the size of your cat’s neck. This way, the collar will not be too tight or loose. Two fingers should fit snugly between the collar and your cat’s neck. Moreover, if you are getting a collar for a kitten, it should be one that fits even as he grows and ages.
Most collars come with a glow-in-the-dark material so that your pet can easily be seen at night. This feature helps you locate your cat in dark corners or when he is running around outside at night. In theory, these collars should also be able to keep your cat safe on the road; motorists will be able to spot your cat and avoid hitting him.
If you have active, wandering cats, watch out for GPS cat collars that enable you to track your pet. Until now, GPS collars have been relatively heavy, and made only for dogs - but Tractive announced at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it will soon be releasing a breakaway cat collar with GPS tracking. You'll also, apparently, be able to set up a 'virtual fence' that will keep your cat in - as long, of course, as he hasn't found a way to free himself of that dratted collar!
If you are the kind of cat owner who loves a stylish design that is also functional, then this is the best fit for your cat. This collar comes fully equipped with a design that features contrasting and eye-catching colors. It has a breakaway buckle that is brightly colored, so it emits a cheerful radiance.
The Blueberry Pet Pack has a D-ring that can be used to attach an ID tag or, possibly even better depending on your needs, it comes with a brilliantly colored bell that incorporates both functionality and fashion.
The Pettsie cat collar is a true work of art. If you feel like matching feline cuteness with a little elegance, this is the collar for your cat. It comes with a matching bracelet so that the two of you stand out.
Made out of 100 percent cotton, this collar comes in four different colors and it is easily adjustable to fit sizes between 8 and 11 inches. Well packaged and artfully designed, this collar with a matching bracelet is the ideal gift for your cat!
Are you in need of a collar that sets you apart from other cat owners? The Rogz collar is exactly what you need. This cat collar has a unique and adjustable-load triggered breakaway that will provide your pet total safety. This collar allows you to decide how easily the breakaway buckle comes off.
Essentially, your cat’s weight is the guiding factor, and if you are feeling a little hesitant about going for a breakaway collar, fear not! This added feature combines both longevity and safety. In addition, it comes with a reflective webbing that also glows in the dark for better visibility.
Few cat collars are custom-embroidered like the GoTags ID collar, which is what makes this a popular choice. It features an embroidered webbing that has large and easy-to-read texts on the collar itself. This collar is ideal for those cats that can’t stand the site of a dangling ID tag.
What’s more, the collar is adjustable from 8 to 12 inches, so they are suitable for cats that range between small and large in size. Unfortunately, the slider mechanism tends to cover part of the text. For you, this might be an annoyance, but it should not stop you from going for it; you can still read most of the text.
If you own a kitten or cat that is sensitive to most collar materials, then Beastie’s completely adjustable neoprene webbing is the perfect choice for your pets. Beastie collars are manufactured from neoprene, a flexible and soft material that virtually stretches in any direction.
Neoprene is mounted using Velcro, making Beastie collars soft without compromising on safety. Since you can easily trim these collars to your desired size, they are appropriate for cats of all sizes and shape. Essentially, they are fit for tiny kittens or beastly cats.
There are many different types of collars to choose from and they come in a variety of materials. If you are out shopping for a suitable collar for your cat, find one that not only looks great, but also provides maximum longevity and safety. For a great experience and a collar your cat will love, why not consider one of the collars in this review?