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August 21, 2018 4 min read

If you're a cat owner and lover, then you know how difficult it can be to find the perfect collar for your furry friend. What material should it be? How loose or tight should it be?

You may receive conflicting answers to these questions when searching the web. That's why we created this handy guide to help you through the selection process. This way, you can ensure the complete safety and comfort of your kitty.

Want to know more? Keep reading for seven helpful tips for choosing the perfect cat collar. Let's get started!

1. Flea Collars May Be Toxic

No one wants to deal with pesky fleas invading their home because of their cat. However, flea collars may not be the best solution for this issue.

In fact, the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) reported findings that many flea collars which you can buy over the counter contain chemicals that are harmful to both pets and people. The health effects of these collars may be serious. Instead of choosing a flea collar for your cat, ask your veterinarian for other options.

Rather than buying a collar for pest control, focus on the fit and comfort of the collar for your cat. Their safety should always be at the forefront of your selection process.

2. Keep in Mind That Pet Collars Don't Expand

When choosing a collar for your cat, remember that a durable and trustworthy collar, like a leather cat collar, will not expand as your cat changes size. If your cat is still growing, check their collar often to make sure it's not too tight.

So, how tight should a cat collar be? And how can you check the size effectively? Keep reading to find out.

3. You Shouldn't Be Able to Pull a Collar over a Cat's Head

In order to check if your cat's collar fits correctly, see if you can pull the collar over their head. If you can, it's too big. Purchase a smaller collar to prevent your cat's leg from getting stuck inside, or the collar from getting lost.

However, you should be able to fit one to two fingers in between the collar and your cat's neck. If you can't, it's too tight.

A tight collar can injure or cause discomfort for your cat. In fact, if your cat is still growing, their collar can quite literally choke them.

Check your kitty's collar often to ensure that it's the right fit. As your cat changes size from normal growth or weight gain and loss, their ideal fit size may change.

If your little one is a kitten, check their collar every week. If they're an adult, make sure to check in regularly to see if everything looks secure.

4. A Break-Away Cat Collar Can Save Your Cat's Life

If you have an active or outdoor cat, check out break-away collars as a safe option to prevent injury. After all, adventurous cats are in many situations every day that pose the risk of strangulation. Break-away collars will come undone if your kitty gets into trouble.

5. Collars Aren't for Leashes

If you're thinking of attempting to leash train your cat (don't force it), leave collars out of it. Attaching a leash to a collar is extremely unsafe and can endanger your cat's life.

If you would like to try out a leash for your cat, use a harness. Put their collar back on once they're safely home again.

6. Use Patience to Train Your Cat to Wear a Collar

Putting a new collar on a cat can be difficult. Some kitties are adverse to collars at first, but with a lot of patience and care, you can ensure that your cat adjusts. Here's how.

Wait for the Right Moment

If you attempt to put a collar on a cat who's already anxious, it won't go well. Wait until your cat is calm and happy to start the process.

Let Them Become Familiar

If your cat is unfamiliar with the collar, they're more likely to spook. So, before you pop it on, let your cat investigate. Put the collar on the floor and wait for your cat to check it out and play with it.

To speed up the process of familiarization, rub the collar on the cat's bedding. You can also gently rub a cloth on your cat's mouth and then transfer these scents to the collar. This will make your cat more comfortable with this unfamiliar object.

Reward Them

After they've relaxed and had plenty of time to play, gently put the collar on. If your kitty seems distressed, try again another time. Once you have successfully outfitted them with the collar, be sure to reward them with lots of treats and kisses!

7. Stay Away from Ribbons and Bells

There are few things cuter than a cat wearing a ribbon around its neck. However, ribbons are not a safe alternative to durable collars like leather cat collars. Stay away from collars that only offer visual decoration and focus on safety instead.

And although bells may seem like an effective way to keep your kitty away from the critters in your yard, they can also pose a danger to your feline friend. Bells can get snagged and stuck as your cat explores.

These tiny alarms can also attract predators that may attack your cat. After all, it's difficult to stay incognito when you have a bell around your neck!

Wrapping Up

As you can see, the wrong cat collar can put your cat into harm's way on a daily basis. If it's the wrong size or material, your cat is much more likely to become injured or trapped.

Thankfully, you can avoid this by following the simple tips above. Just remember to avoid flea collars, ribbons, and bells. Also, be sure to check your cat's collar often to ensure that it's secure and the right fit.

Corey Rametta
Corey Rametta

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