My cat has lost 5 collars and keys in about 4 months

(35 Posts)
MissStrawberry Sun 29-Sep-13 20:02:55

We bought the quick release ones as we believe they are safer but this is getting ridiculous. He has a magnet on the collar so only he (and his co-living cat) can get into our house. The collar he has just lost was on him for less than 2 hours. We believe he must be getting them off on purpose as opposed to getting stick somewhere and wriggling free.

He is chipped so the collar was only a way of giving him a door key. No door key no coming in or we change the cat flap and run the risk other the neighbour's bullying cats can come in.

Any other collars worth trying?

Anyone want to buy an expensive furry toy? grin

BTW I have asked him where his collars are but he won't tell me.

BonaDea Sun 29-Sep-13 20:07:21

I would highly recommend that you get a microchip cat flap. You basically just scan in your cat using his microchip and then the flap 'reads' it and opens whenever he approaches the flap

They cost about £100 but given what you are spending on collars and keys I reckon it will be worth it. They are standard size and should just slot into the existing hole in your door.

We've had one for about 6 years and honestly is fantastic. Our two furballs lose collars all the time and this way there is no stress about them being locked out.

cozietoesie Sun 29-Sep-13 20:12:59

Sureflap are about £70 online, Bona. Still not cheap but better than the one you quoted I think.

BonaDea Sun 29-Sep-13 20:14:20

Well like I said ours is about 6 years old so it might have been more cutting edge then! But my recommendation stands to get that sort of flap!

cozietoesie Sun 29-Sep-13 20:15:51

Absolutely!

MissStrawberry Sun 29-Sep-13 20:35:51

I did reply but it isn't here.

DH said no to £100. I expect would say no to £70 as well.

Previous cat had normal buckle collar.

Need to think what to do, we have several options.

BonaDea Sun 29-Sep-13 20:36:26

But how much do 5 collars and keys cost??

cozietoesie Sun 29-Sep-13 20:49:49

It's best, Miss. Many posters here have them in now and swear by them. And you'll see from Bona's post that they last for ages.

MissStrawberry Sun 29-Sep-13 20:51:00

I know.

cozietoesie Sun 29-Sep-13 20:54:59

That sounded real dispirited.

Lay it on thick with DH - latest technology, bells and whistles, really works as well. Present it as the - Oh I don't know - iphone5 of cat flaps?

cozietoesie Sun 29-Sep-13 20:57:24

Or you could be real sneaky and muse gently about whether you could get Sureflaps more cheaply on the net - and let him surf and find out the latest prices. Ownership of the concept is all, eh?

FeetUpUntilChristmas Sun 29-Sep-13 21:26:27

OP, I didn't want to pay for the 'chip' flap, but my cat will not wear a collar, if I put one on her she will go crazy, then take it off. I've tried all types, they all have elastic on them otherwise they are dangerous.

If we didn't have this flap then we would have visitors every day and even worse at night.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 29-Sep-13 21:27:26

If the cat is losing collars so well he is regularly travelling somewhere where the collar is getting caught. Getting a more resilient collar could mean the cat is caught rather than the collar coming undone which sadly often leads to a dead cathmm.
Sure flaps whilst they £70 -100shock are a very robust cat flap and believe me we've tested several the current one has lasted three times as long as the previous £45 type cat flaps so actually has worked out cheaper plus I no longer have to deal with cat fights in my houseangry.

cozietoesie Sun 29-Sep-13 21:29:26

And those visitors might not just eat - people often come to the board because stranger cats are spraying and pooing over their house.

I would get a microchip cat flap. And charge your cat for the collars lost so far. That'll teach him

Madratlady Sun 29-Sep-13 21:39:59

My cats both managed to lose multiple fabric quick release collars but when we put leather quick release ones on (not real leather that would be expensive, the leather effect ones from pets at home) they haven't lost one since. Not sure why.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 29-Sep-13 21:49:55

I wouldn't put a cat in an elastic or buckle collar, it might get hurt or get trapped.

If I want something I suggest it to dh, then leave it for two weeks. By then it's become his idea and therefore automatically the correct course of action. I try to look briefly confused then let the revelation of his wisdom take over.

Sometimes it takes less than two weeks.

FreckledLeopard Sun 29-Sep-13 22:22:14

We got our Sureflap for about £67 via SeaPets (and got about 4% cashback too by buying it via quidco). It's worth the money.

MissStrawberry Mon 30-Sep-13 10:22:31

He is taking the collars off himself.

MissDD1971 Mon 30-Sep-13 16:49:19

MissStrawberry - some cats just hate collars on so will take them off.

My cats - the boy was a bit better but he kept losing them - the girl tried all ways and means (by back door step etc) to get them off. little cow.

if you want to block other cats coming in it's tricky (take it that's why collar for chipped cat door).

MissStrawberry Mon 30-Sep-13 17:03:05

He definitely doesn't want to wear one for whatever reason. Maybe it is because he actually wants the pink, fluffy, flowery one we said we would put him in if he lost another grin.

MissDD1971 Mon 30-Sep-13 17:08:46

wait - your other cat wears the collar though??!!

what can you do?? not a lot really. cats are sly buggers and stubborn as fuck unlike dogs who at least do as they're told...

MissDD1971 Mon 30-Sep-13 17:09:27

MissStrawberry yes give him the girly one.

LOL. that'll teach it.

ClaimedByMe Mon 30-Sep-13 17:11:23

Buy the magnets from ebay en masse, I have 3 cats and go through loads of them!

WinterWinds Mon 30-Sep-13 17:11:53

If I want something I suggest it to dh, then leave it for two weeks. By then it's become his idea and therefore automatically the correct course of action. I try to look briefly confused then let the revelation of his wisdom take over.

grin

This method has been thoroughly tried and tested in this house......It never fails!!!!!
And it also never ceases to amaze me that Dh hasn't cottoned on to the fact that it was never his big idea in the first place. grin

NaturalBaby Mon 30-Sep-13 17:12:14

I caught one of my cats taking off her collar - she looked like houdini and has lost several since we started using them. I like the idea of a microchip flap!
We moved into a house with a magnetic cat flap but use it as a regular one - will other cats definitely come into yours if they could?

MissStrawberry Mon 30-Sep-13 17:12:39

Yes, GirlCat wears her but I am not sure what you are getting at confused.

MissDD1971 Mon 30-Sep-13 17:13:43

Natural - unless OP lives middle of nowhere most cats are chancers and come into your home to steal food etc.

it was on a BBC documentary about cats where they tracked them. tons of them were in other people's houses and roamed far and wide.

WinterWinds Mon 30-Sep-13 17:22:44

One of mine goes next door for an extra meal and next doors cat come's here for an extra meal despite both being well fed in our respective homes. But neither I or next door have a cat flap.
Have found quite a few random cats in my house over the years as we have our back door open most of the time (weather permitting)

With a non secure cat flap, cats see It as an open invitation but don't thank you on the way out!!!!

NaturalBaby Mon 30-Sep-13 20:32:41

I know it happens but have no idea how much it happens - it hasn't happened to us yet but we've only had a cat flap for 3 months! I'm pretty sure our cats haven't been though other cat flaps though, although obviously I have no idea what they're up to when they go out.

MissDD1971 Mon 30-Sep-13 21:37:01

Natural it is very common.

As I recall this village was in country too (but wasn't completely middle of nowhere) and cats were in and out if other people's houses like jack in the boxes!

All owners had no idea but guessed.

Cats are just so cheeky!

NaturalBaby Tue 01-Oct-13 12:44:43

I have a feeling one of my girls has been in the house next door but they don't have pets so am pretty sure they don't have a cat flap. I've only seen one come through our garden so looks like I'm lucky (so far).

MissDD1971 Tue 01-Oct-13 13:28:55

Natural - I bet your girl cat if she goes next door does a good impression of "Natural doesn't feed me/love me enough/at all etc" (delete where appropriate to them.

cats are little sods like that.

my white cat Snowy was a little tart though, gorgeous and he knew it and he knew how to appeal to people but would always come back to me. he was too friendly bless him.

moonbells Wed 02-Oct-13 09:49:06

Next door says they keep finding Mooncat asleep on their beds. She won't even jump on ours! But they like having their back door open. We've a Sureflap. Works a treat. We were actually told to get one by the door company when we asked them to put in a catflap when they were replacing the old door. We had no cat at the time!

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 02-Oct-13 10:23:42

I think next door must have a goose down duvet with 1000tc sheets.

Nothing like high thread count cotton to dry paws on.

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