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Should cats wear collars?

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PristineCondition Tue 30-Apr-19 19:06:30

So we moved a while back and one of the new neighbours a few doors down is a lovely lady but a cat feeder, she calls any cats over and constantly feeds them then takes them in, shes famous for it
I preempted this by taking my kitties over to meet her before they started going out and made up a vague problem that requires special food only, she was vv sympathetic and promised never to feed them if she remembers look like.
Ened up at pets at home today and saw collars that say not feed so got a few and stuck them on the cats.
Its worked she saw my two, read the collar and tshked them out her garden,good times!!

Dp has come back and is horrified , apparently you can't put them on cats anymore and I'm the worst person since

Are they really bad? They are fitted properly and easy release.

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PristineCondition Tue 30-Apr-19 19:07:18

Offending collar, cats are not fussed by them at all btw

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snowgirl1 Tue 30-Apr-19 19:08:46

Easy release collars are okay, I think. We have to have one with a bell on our cat to try to prevent her catching birds :-(

Baloonphobia Tue 30-Apr-19 19:10:42

Ours wears a collar. It's not that easy to release either as he always loses those. He's 7 and has never had any issues. He's indoor/outdoor and a prolific hunter.

PristineCondition Tue 30-Apr-19 19:12:35

Oh my goodness! The amount of errors and missing words in that post... apologies

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agnurse Tue 30-Apr-19 19:16:52

He looks to be a nice boy! As long as the collar is not bothering him, it should be fine. I do agree that it should be easy release because a cat could potentially strangle in a collar if it gets caught on something.

At our local shelter they always put collars on the cats, plastic ones that can be cut off when they get adopted. The collars have the cat's ID number and are colour-coded - blue for males and red for females.

SqueakyPig Tue 30-Apr-19 19:17:35

Collars on cats is fine! All four of mine have collars on and the only issue I have is the amount of money I spend replacing them when the lose them smile

I think it’s just generally considered best to use quick release collars are they’re safer in terms of if your cat gets stuck on something it just snaps open and releases your cat.

MaybeitsMaybelline Tue 30-Apr-19 19:20:10

My cats wore these. They also lost them every few weeks they were such an easy release. I think they are pretty safe and nothing to worry about.

PristineCondition Tue 30-Apr-19 19:41:14

Excellent to hear im not the only cruella on the block.
I brought 6 of them ready for if they lose them. star

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kitkat463 Tue 30-Apr-19 19:47:16

I don't use them as they can get caught, even the quick release ones. My girl had a quick release collar on, was hit by a car and we found the collar later, ripped apart opposite the still intact safety catch. £4000, orthopaedic surgey and 6 months later she s fine but... Vet said the broken claws and scraped paws were because the collar got caught on the underside of car and she was dragged along and dug her claws in to try to stop herself sad. We don't use collars now!!!

madcatladyforever Tue 30-Apr-19 19:50:30

Easy release ones are fine, I once came home to find my cat Shadow lying on the doorstep, I thought he had had an accident but his back legs were stuck in his collar and he couldn't move. He'd been trying to get it off.
I have all my cats chipped now so they don't need collars.

Iwantacookie Tue 30-Apr-19 19:58:23

Mine do but I've got an amazing hunter who despite the bells do bring back presents for me hmm
Although the other one makes up for that by bringing me slugs and butterflies.

DramaAlpaca Tue 30-Apr-19 20:00:11

I would never, ever put a collar on a cat. They are potentially dangerous, even the quick release ones.

Minkies11 Tue 30-Apr-19 20:02:06

There are different types of quick release collars - some are so stiff I can barely pull them apart. However both mine wear them with reflective colouring and tag. I just file the clips slightly until I'm happy with the release. Bulk buy on ebay and they are really cheap. Wouldn't let mine out without them.

Baloonphobia Tue 30-Apr-19 20:04:00

Mine has a tag with my phone number on it. I hope that if he ever got hit by a car someone would ring me and I could go get him.

Lamentations Tue 30-Apr-19 20:13:09

Mine have stretchy ones with bells because they are sadists. They've been fine for over a year. I'm keeping them on.

BarrytheFatcat Tue 30-Apr-19 20:15:27

My 2 hated them, Wouldn't wear them.

dementedpixie Tue 30-Apr-19 20:17:13

I don't use them.

Baloonphobia Tue 30-Apr-19 20:37:18

Bells didn't knock a step out of our serial killer. He just got more skilled. They did however drive us totally mad when he was running around, jingling at night.

CrumpetandSausage Tue 30-Apr-19 21:01:49

One cat is still wearing the original collar the cat sanctuary gave us when we got her c18mths ago. The other one has been through multiple collars in the same period and we’ve given up replacing them. She just manages to get out of them.

PristineCondition Tue 30-Apr-19 21:04:01

I took the bells off before I put them in the cats, the older ones runs round the house like a and thing and the idea of adding a bell to the thudding is unthinkable

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PristineCondition Tue 30-Apr-19 21:04:38

On not in 😂

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Bisset Tue 30-Apr-19 21:07:01

I was working from home one day.

Came into the lounge to see cat with lower jaw stuck in (quick relapease) collar. Covered in blood.

God knows what would have happened if I’d been in the office that day.

None of my cats has worn a collar since (we have 6)

Bisset Tue 30-Apr-19 21:08:02

Oh... and we checked them regularly to make sure they weren’t too tight or loose...

Contraceptionismyfriend Tue 30-Apr-19 21:13:54

I'm not rushing to get a new one after our cat came back a few weeks ago with a big chunk out of his cheek and no collar.
I assume he got caught somewhere managed to get himself out.

He's never brought anything home so I'm not to worried about alerting birds.

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