If a cat collar is too loose, a cat can get its paw underneath it. A paw caught in a cat collar can easily lead to serious injuries if not released quickly. A cat collar can create a deep wound, the type of wound that might need surgery.
A cat collar should be fitted properly to ensure that accidents are less likely to occur. Ensure that a cat’s collar is fairly tight, but loose enough for you to fit two fingers underneath it.
Cats are naturally adventurous creatures, so a collar can get caught on branches, causing great discomfort. Snagging on branches can be dangerous for cats that enjoy climbing trees and exploring lofty places.
Quick release cat collars might prevent a cat getting caught, but if they break apart too easily then the cat might end up losing his collar even when he hasn’t got it caught on something. If a cat collar gets lost, then the cat will be without identification, so it could be impossible to return him to his owners if he loses his way.
To solve the problem of restrictive cat collars, why not do away with them altogether and consider microchipping your cat? Microchips are an effective way of identifying your pet because there’s no chance of it getting lost and it means your cat won’t need to wear a collar.
Animal charity Cats Protection recommended microchipping in a recent story they posted on their website about a stray, pregnant cat that caused injury to herself when her paw got caught under her collar. Her claws became painfully embedded in her skin. Luckily she survived her ordeal, but she will probably need to undergo surgery.
In addition to using microchips as a form of identification, another advantage of having your cat microchipped is that they can use the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap, which keeps out neighbouring cats and wildlife. Some selective entry cat flaps require your cat to wear a collar and tag, but the SureFlap does not. The SureFlap reads and stores your cat’s microchip, unlocking only for your pet, removing the need for a collar and tag to open the flap.
For more information about the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap, why not visit our website for details.