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Cat needs to wear a collar, ideas?

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SuperFlyHigh Fri 24-Feb-17 10:37:11

My cat is a wilful animal and will be 3 in April.

I've seen him trying to catch birds (he's caught I think 2 in the past) but I'm sure he's honing his skills.

Anyway he refuses to wear a collar (he did have one when I first got him as a 4.5 month old) but when he outgrew it he didn't want to wear a new one) but I'm determined to get one on him with bells and so that should help. Any ideas for which ones to get? Is this a fruitless mission?

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 24-Feb-17 16:59:41

Yes it's a fruitless mission.

He will lose them or injure himself trying & you will still get presents of dead birdies off him.

SuperFlyHigh Fri 24-Feb-17 17:32:05

Thanks fluffy will just have to hope the birds stay away from him.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 24-Feb-17 17:41:43

Is he in overnight? Early morning is prime birdie hunting time.

Our white Persian was massive & obviously very white & very fluffy. He moved with the grace of a monolith come alive and could still catch mice and birds.

Chewbecca Fri 24-Feb-17 17:45:26

I've never managed to find a collar my cat kept on. I've no idea how she managed to get them off and where they went but she always returns without it within a day.

I was trying to prevent her hunting and bringing gifts in too. I gave up in the end.

RubbishMantra Fri 24-Feb-17 17:48:23

Putting bells on their collars just makes them into stealthier hunters. I only put snap-off release collars, (never elastic) on mine as something to attach their tracking device to.

There's always this, but your cat will be plotting to kill you all the time he's wearing it.

SuperFlyHigh Fri 24-Feb-17 17:54:56

Fluffy yes he is in overnight but out at about 7/7.30am.

He just seems really keen on the birds, watches them etc. I'm not that fussed about mice to be honest (there seem to be loads and they breed a lot) but the birds I do care about a bit.

My previous 2 cats (RIP) managed to get their collars off every time but was just wondering whether to bother with him.

I won't bother with the collar now...

Weedsnseeds1 Fri 24-Feb-17 18:35:22

I'm not convinced the bells have any effect other than to teach them to hunt like furry ninjas, as rubbish said. Cats also seem to "specialise" and have a favourite prey, in my experience. Current cat is a mouser with an occasional frog or bat, cat before that didn't catch much, bit when she did, it could be relied upon to be exotic ( dead woodpecker as a gift on one occasion), prior to that another mouser and previous model was basically a thief who stole food from people's houses ( Dover sole, duck breast, pork chops).

SuperFlyHigh Fri 24-Feb-17 18:51:50

Weeds funny you should say that, he has caught more frogs (or frog/toad hybrids) from my pond in the past few years than anything else. I think he finds them easy to catch.

The field mice I used to get from the previous cats he's never caught but he could well be eating them. Also in past 5 years their (the mice) home has been built on, with townhouses, I think that's where a few of them lived.

YesItsMeIDontCare Fri 24-Feb-17 18:54:43

I used to have a cat who wore a collar with two bells. He was also disabled and couldn't walk properly. He still brought in a couple of birds a week.

Sorry Super - I think you're fighting a losing battle!

Reow Mon 27-Feb-17 13:08:08

We've tried multiple types of collars. Elasticated, safety release, proper buckled, strong leather but with safety snaps. He's managed to lose each and every one within a week.

We've given up. At least he's chipped.

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