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Feline health tips, licking wounds after harmful collar encounters

Updated on September 25, 2009
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Feline health tips, licking wounds after harmful collar encounters

A cat collar may look cute, but can end up being harmful to feline health. Here’s a tip that may prevent serious injury to your pet.

There are countless companies producing cat collars from jewelled to personalized, but the truth is they can often do more harm than good. If you use a collar as a fashion statement the cat doesn’t care so don’t bother. If you use a collar for identification purposes then it would be advisable to have your veterinarian implant a microchip or tattoo the cat’s ear.

A few days later disaster struck. Fortunately Xena came to me for help after managing somehow to get her collar caught on her teeth. After cutting the collar from around her neck I noticed I had blood all over my shirt and my hand. I checked her mouth looking for damage to teeth, gums or tongue, but couldn’t see anything. Then I noticed bloody footprints on the kitchen floor. I checked her paws and sure enough her left pad was bleeding. Knowing she would tend to and clean it on her own I set her down and she immediately began licking the wound. I can only imagine what happened was that while grooming the collar hooked on her tooth and when she attempted to free it from her mouth she punctured the pad with a canine or premolar. When I retrieved the collar from the kitchen floor my fingers became red… the collar was soaked in blood.

I had never used a collar, and never will again, on any of my feline friends prior to the instance I’m about to share because I didn’t believe they were safe for outside cat health. The possibility of becoming ensnared on a tree branch, fence or numerous other hazards was always foremost in my mind. My newest cat, Xena, is an inside cat so I didn’t anticipate any harm would be caused from her wearing a collar. I made certain it wasn’t too tight or too loose by using the two finger check; you should be able to place two fingers underneath the collar. She didn’t put up a fuss when I put it on, she didn’t seem to notice it was even there and it looked so cute.

This may sound ludicrous to some, but Xena has been with me since she was five or six weeks old and, as much as I am teased, I consider myself to be her mother figure. I taught her how to vocalize (she makes a chirping sound as opposed to a meow), jump, play and catch. I believe she came to me knowing I would help. Had she not I may have been faced with an outrageous vet bill and a huge guilt complex!

Again, if the collar is for aesthetics only put it on your cat when a ‘being cool’ moment arises, like a Best Dressed Kitty Fashion Show or Cats Have Talent contest. Otherwise lose it unless it’s attached to a leash.

If it’s for ID seriously consider a tattoo, they’re righteous, or a microchip, how sick is that!

Tattoos are generally done under sedation when your cat is spayed or neutered. They can be done at other times, but sedation in necessary so it will cost a bit extra. Each veterinary hospital has its own personal ID code so if a cat is lost locally or within the same province or state the animal can be traced back to the owner.

A microchip implant is about the size of a large grain of salt and is injected beneath the skin with a syringe. The procedure is painless and inexpensive and could save your pet’s life.

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    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      crazy, I'm sorry to hear about Sully. It is so difficult to lose a loved one, furry or otherwise. Thanks for the visit.

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      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Very well written useful article. This is something I did not know. My cats don't wear collars b/c they are know indoor cats. I would be heartbroken if that happened to my cats.

      I also skimmed your article about your cat Zack. I am not yet able to read it completely.I am still so sensitive about losing my Sully, I probably should have moved on by now but I haven't totally done that. The pictures of Zack are adorable.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks for dropping by Larry. I love tuxedo cats, as you know Zack was one.

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      maven101 

      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I have a pair of tuxedo's and thankfully have never had that problem...Nice article, well written with important info for those that do have that problem...Larry

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks Kartika, I never would have thought something like that could happen. I'm a very conscientious cat mom and it scared the holy you-know-what out of me. Thanks for the offer its very generous, by all means post it. I'm not sure if that will pose a problem with it being on both sites. I had one hub flagged because I had it posted on another blog, I was told the hub contained too much copied content. (even though it was mine)The only url I own presently is for my book threetrimesters.ca. I'm going to get my blog up and running again shortly, I've neglected it.

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      kartika damon 

      8 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Excellent article! My Birman is also an indoor kitty and I did put a little collar on her once but then took it off thinking she might find it annoying - however, what you're describing is a real problem and many people may not be aware of it. I just started a dot com a couple of months ago with some of my own articles on pets - www.caringforpetsonline.com - if you would like me to put it on my site with your byline I'm happy to - I can't pay because I'm not making $, but you can have a url on the article to a blog if you like! Kartika

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