Cats are very curious and like to explore a lot and if you live in a large city you might have some problems if your pet runs out the door and you have to look for him or her throughout the streets. It is in situations like these that you wished your cat was wearing a collar to increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you.
In America the rate of cats returned to their owner is less than 2 and this has a lot to do with the lack of collars. Imagine you find a scared and hungry cat that looks like she has no master.
Wouldn’t you want to feed her and maybe even take her into your home? Now imagine the same scenario with a cat that is wearing a collar. You instantly realize that the cat was previously owned by someone and that person is probably looking for the pet so you do some efforts to help them get back together.
Wrong Reasons For Not Wearing A Collar
Unless there are clear instructions from your vet for not using collars due to medical reasons there is no problem with having your cat wear a collar. The pet will probably scratch it and try to get it off but if you choose one that suits your furry friend then they will quickly grow accustomed to it.
If you think that since you always keep your cat in an apartment you don’t have to worry about the cat running out so collars aren’t needed then you are mistaken since this is exactly the scenario that takes place most often.
Perhaps you get into your home with a lot of bags full of food from the supermarket and cannot close the door before getting all the bags into the kitchen and those few seconds could be enough for the cat to slip out. If you live on a lower level they might even jump off a window or balcony when they spot a bird or something else that distracts their attention.
Helping The Cat Get Used To It
It is better to get your cat used to wearing the collar all the time then simply putting it on when you go into a trip, for walks outside or to see the veterinarian. The collar you choose is really important because some can be uncomfortable or even cause some damage. Pick one that seems to fit your cat well and one that keeps the information written on it safe.
Put the collar on when you have some more time to keep the cat under observation to see how they are adapting to it and choose one that has an ID tag with information required in case the pet gets lost (your phone number and address).
If you see that the cat has problems with the collar check to see if it isn’t too tight and maybe you should take it off during nighttime for the first few days, putting it on in the morning and keeping an eye on the cat to make sure they are adapting well.