Cat collars with cat ID tags
Don't think your cat needs a collar? Think again. If your furry friend has access to the great outdoors, then a collar is indispensable, and can be a lifesaver - quite literally. But even indoor cats can benefit from wearing one. A collar is an excellent way to keep your cat safe, and ensure that if the worst-case scenario happens - your pet gets lost - it'll be easier to get them safely home again.
Why should your cat wear a collar?
A lost pet is every cat owner's nightmare. You might think that your cat has a strong instinct for finding their way home - but that's not always the case. In fact, lost cats often struggle to find their bearings. Trauma or injury could prevent them from getting home, and if you've moved house, your pet could get confused. Cats navigate by the position of the sun, moon and stars, so bad weather or light pollution from city street lamps can also pose problems.
If your cat gets lost without a collar, people will generally assume it's a stray, and ignore it - or worse. However, if it's wearing a collar, passers-by will immediately know that it's not a feral cat, but someone's lost pet. Even if your cat is microchipped, it's extremely unlikely that the first person to find it will be a veterinary professional. A collar is the perfect way of ensuring that everyone knows that they're looking at a lost pet, not a stray.
What type of collar is best?
Unlike dogs, cats have a tendency to wriggle their way into small spaces. A traditional collar made of an unyielding material like leather can cause problems, as it can tangle on branches or wires, and cause your cat to choke while trying to free itself.
That's why the best collars are made of elasticated material. An adjustable collar will allow you to make sure it fits your cat correctly, while still giving space for your pet to escape if it gets caught.
A reflective cat safety collar is made of elasticated material, and also features reflective colours. That means it'll be easy for people to see your cat at night - which is particularly important if your pet is trying to cross the road. Reflective safety collars for cats can save your pet's life. Different colours are available, so you'll be able to choose whichever you like the best, or fits your cat's personality.
What information should you put on your cat's ID tag?
Our reflective safety collars come to you complete with a free engraved cat ID tag. This can be finished with the wording of your choice, allowing you to make it even easier for your cat to be found and returned safely to you if it does get lost.
A cat ID tag can be engraved on both sides, giving you space for all the vital information that you need. A phone number is absolutely essential, and make sure to choose one that you'll almost always be available to answer. Cat collar tags are small, so they don't irritate your animal, which means there probably won't be space for your address.
It's a good idea to put a name on your cat ID tag. This could be your pet's name or your surname. In the case of dogs, it's not advisable to put the pet's name on a tag, as it can aid thieves. However, cats are usually wary around strangers, regardless of what name they're called by, so it doesn't present as big a risk.
Finally, if you have space, you should include a note saying that your cat is microchipped. This will be very helpful, as it encourages the person who finds your cat to take them to a vet who will be able to scan the chip and get all the essential information.
Why should your cat wear a bell on their collar?
A cat collar with a bell is a classic method of keeping birds safe from felines on the hunt. It's also useful around the home if your pet tends to get underfoot! Your cat will get used to the sound of the bell very quickly, and it can be helpful to you and local birds.
Are collars necessary for indoor cats?
Even if you're scrupulous about keeping your cat inside, accidents happen. Many indoor cats are fascinated by the outdoors, and will make a beeline for a door that's left ajar. Indoor cats are more likely to get lost, as they're not used to being outside. They may panic and get very alarmed, and frequently hide in a small spot rather than make their way back. A collar is a great way of ensuring that people will help your beloved pet get back to the safety of your home.
How can you get your cat used to wearing a collar?
It's no secret that cats are fussy creatures, and many rebel against the idea of wearing a collar. However, just because they're resistant at first doesn't mean you should give up. Most cats will get used to their new collar in a few days, even if they start by freaking out.
Let your cat examine the collar. Curiosity is in your pet's nature, so if it doesn't get the chance to give the collar a once-over, it will be more resentful. You might want to rub your collar against your cat's favourite pillow or blanket, to give it a comforting scent.
Don't put it on permanently at first. Start by putting it on your cat for a few minutes, and gradually build up to longer periods. Choose a moment when your cat is focused on something else - maybe when it's eating, or when it's sleepy and relaxing on your lap. Prepare yourself for a strong reaction at the beginning. You should be ready to distract your cat by bringing out a favourite toy or starting a good brushing session. That way your pet will have positive associations attached to the collar, and is likely to quickly grow comfortable wearing it.