Instead of seeing a veterinarian, dozens of cats find their way into the animal shelters each and every day. Unfortunately, the majority of those dozens are not wearing a cat collar and there is no way of knowing whether or not they actually have a home. If those cats were wearing a collar available from just about any veterinary clinic or boarding kennel, perhaps it would have some sort of identification on it that would allow the owners to be reunited with their beloved pets. A lot of people feel that a cat collar is inappropriate, so they won’t force their cats to wear one. However, if a cat ventures both indoors and outdoors, having a cat collar is probably an excellent idea.
Getting a cat collar is quite an easy task. They are not very expensive and can end up keeping your cat from ending up in a shelter. However, when looking for a cat collar, make sure that it is something that will be safe for your pet to be wearing. Ask your veterinarian and always remember that cats find their way through the smallest of areas and the thickest of brush. There is always a possibility that a cat collar will get caught on a branch or something else. If the cat cannot free themselves, they could easily be stuck there until someone rescues them or they cannot survive any longer. Getting a cat collar that is flexible is idea, if you can find one. Or, if that seems a difficult task, make sure that you wear the collar a bit loose. Having a loose collar will allow the cat to slip it off its head if the need should arise.
If your cat does go outdoors and has a habit of wandering the neighborhood, wearing a collar on your cat will let others know that your pet does have a permanent residence and probably has been vaccinated by the animal hospital. People are a lot less likely to take a cat wearing a collar to a shelter than if they found a stray cat without a cat collar. If you do decide to get your cat a collar, make sure that you spend a few extra dollars to get a tag for the collar as well. On the tag, get your phone number engraved on it. Should there ever be a need for someone to contact you about your cat, at least they’ll know who to contact immediately. Of course, if your cat ever needs to slip out of its collar, you will find that purchasing another cat collar will be on your to do list. With that in mind, be sure to never spend very much on the collars as you never know how many you’ll end up buying in the future. Think of it this way though, if your cat is a part of your family, you’d rather see your cat return home without its collar than know that they might be stuck somewhere because they could not slip their collar off of their head.