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Cat Collars 101

  The owner’s information needs to be clearly written or imprinted on the tag. Obviously, you wouldn’t put all of your personal information on a cat’s collar, but a cell, home or office phone number and a last name are usually enough to enable someone to contact you if they find the animals wandering around their neighborhood.
You should consider purchasing a personalized collar for your cat. These are often made of leather, rubber or nylon, and can have the owner’s name and contact information imprinted or studded onto it. Adding a reflective strip of fabric to the collar will also help in case the cat makes its escape at night.  
Be sure that proof of a rabies vaccination is displayed somewhere on your cat’s tag. You should consider an all-in-one ID tag such as PetHub’s "Fishy" Premium Digital Cat ID Tag. Just like PetHub’s Personalized Collar, this tag allows you to store all your cat’s information in a free, online profile that anyone can access by either scanning the QR code on the back with a smartphone, typing in the unique web address, or calling the toll-free hotline number on the tag.
Most of the cat collars available today also include a breakaway panel somewhere on the collar for safety. If the cat should find itself hopelessly entangled, that particular section of fabric will give way, allowing the cat to free itself. This is an important feature to look for when considering a collar, as it can prevent the cat from injuring or strangling itself trying to pull loose from bushes, fence panels and other obstacles.  
For maximum protection, you should consider purchasing a GPS collars or radio collar. The collars work the same way the GPS system in your car does; sending a signal to a monitoring station that allows the cat’s position to be determined, and its movement monitored.
For the fashionable cat owner, there are a number of decorative collars available, ranging in price from a few dollars to more than $1500. Styles vary from the simple leather collars to those decorated with simple beads, sequins and faux fur all the way to high end collars that sport rhinestones, Swarovski crystals or even tiny diamonds!  

None of these collars will do any good unless the cat is wearing it, so take plenty of time to ensure that the collar fits comfortably on the animal’s neck. A collar that is too tight can be uncomfortable at the least, and in a worst case scenario can severely restrict the blood and air supply, while a collar that is too loose is likely to get caught on all sorts of objects, or slip off completely. An ideal fit allows 1 to 2 fingers to slide beneath the collar.

If you just can’t get your cat to stay in its collar, you should look into having the animal microchipped.This involves inserting a chip about the size of a pin under the animal’s skin, where it remains. Each chip carries a unique identifying number, and is stored in a national database with the contact information for the owner. Even if your cat DOES wear a collar, a microchip is an important safety net.




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