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Breakaway Cat Collar
Do You Need a Breakaway Cat Collar?
We love our cats and we want to protect them. Losing a cat can be traumatic but it happens every day. If you take a few precautions however you can help reduce the likelihood that your cat will wander off one day and never be seen again.
A breakaway cat collar is one very affordable and simple way of protecting your cat. They are the safest collar available on the market. Learn more about them here and find one that will suit both you and your kitty.
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A cat collar can perform a number of important functions. First, they can provide the necessary identification, so that if lost, anyone who finds your cat can easily locate you and return your cat. Microchips are good, but you have to wonder if anyone who finds your cat will think to take it in to be checked. A collar is a very visible item that's hard to overlook.
Even experienced outdoor cats can get lost. Cats that are kept entirely indoors sometimes escape. Collars are therefore a good idea whether you allow your cat outdoors or not.
Many collars also have a reflective surface which helps drivers spot your cat before it's too late. Some are also flea collars which help keep fleas in check and your cat healthy.
Despite the fact that collars provide important identification information, they can present certain hazards as well. Cats tend to get themselves into tight spots! It wouldn't be unlikely that your cat would get it's collar hung up on something as it prowls and roams. Because of this, they could get stuck somewhere, unable to return home or worse yet, they could strangle.
To circumvent this type of occurrence, a breakaway cat collar will give way if enough pressure is applied. For instance, if the cat gets snagged on a small limb, they can pull away and the collar will free them; allowing them to escape unharmed.
Most collars will be made with a nylon fabric. It's strong and yet lightweight and comfortable. There are a number of colors to choose from and can often be purchased in multiples. Some collars allow you to personalize them, having your contact information printed directly on the collar so that no additional tags are needed. Others however, require you to place contact information on a separate tag which is then attached to the collar.
If you use flea collars you can opt for a breakaway cat collar that has this feature versus having your cat wear two separate collars. If your cat is often out at night, it's certainly wise to select a reflective breakaway collar for added protection.
When fitting the collar be sure that it's adjusted to the appropriate size. It should be small enough to assure your cat won't easily slip out of it but not too tight so that it's uncomfortable. Typically, you should be able to fit two fingers between your cat's skin and the collar. Cats adjust to collars best when they begin wearing them as youngsters although probably not before 6 months of age. You will need to check the collar routinely to assure the fit remains good.
Breakaway Cat Collar
Making Your own Breakaway Cat Collar
It's of course possible to make your own cat collar with a breakaway buckle. All you need is a couple of feet of nylon webbing and the breakaway buckle. The nylon webbing used for a cat collar is usually only 1/2 to 3/8" in width. You need to buy enough to assure you have extra to lap it over after running it through the buckle. A couple of feet should be plenty.
The process is as simple as running the nylon through the buckle, lapping if over at the end and sewing it down securely. Then you merely need to repeat the process at the other end. The fit should allow you to fit two fingers between your cats skin and the collar. You can find the materials for such things at CDWPlus.