Hey Kathryn, is there a secret to getting cats to wear collars? What kind is the best? I have two cats that need to be collared and tagged. What's the secret?
|Ashi has a blue collar to match her eyes. She knows it makes her look pretty!|
First you need to get a collar. I highly recommend a reflective collar with a breakaway clasp. The reflective part is especially important for dark-colored cats and the breakaway clasp is designed to come loose if the cat gets it snagged. This one from Petco is a good example and you can get them at any pet supply store for about $10. They come in a lot of colors so you can match your cat or make a fashion statement. Ashi, for instance, has a blue collar to match her eyes. Diedra's is a basic black with a wide reflective strip so you can spot her in the dark. Tyrone's is bright pink with rhinestones (Kassie picked it).
|Tyrone stylin' his pink collar.|
|Tyrone's collars have a buckle closure because he keeps losing the ones with the breakaway clasp.|
Now for the fun part: putting on the collar! Wait until the cat is relaxed and calm and don't make a big fuss about it. Put the collar around the cat's neck, making sure not to pull or tug as you fasten it. It should fit a little loose - you should be able to fit two fingers under the collar without it choking. Make small adjustments if needed. Then pet the cat or give it some treats to keep it calm.
I have also found it helps to tell the cat that they look handsome or beautiful with their new bling. Just stroke them and tell them over and over how lovely they are and how the pretty collar sets off their eyes, or something to that effect. It sounds hokey, but it really does help.
For the first couple of days keep an eye on the cat and adjust the fit if necessary. If they keep scratching at it or shaking their head repeatedly, the collar is probably just a bit too tight. If they get a foot or their jaw caught in it - believe me, it happens - then it is a bit too loose. Also check regularly to make sure there is no chaffing or hair loss under the collar.
That's it! All of my cats wear collars with ID tags in case they get lost. And none of them mind it in the least. In fact, I got Diedra a new one recently and she preened like a beauty queen after I put it on her.