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What’s the best collar for a cat? I’ve heard stories about how improper collars might cause choking, and I worry that my cat might find it uncomfortable.

What’s the best collar for a cat? I’ve heard stories about how improper collars might cause choking, and I worry that my cat might find it uncomfortable.

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A recent Ohio State University study found that three out of four cats tolerate wearing a collar, even if their owners were skeptical about its success. Says Linda Lord, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University and lead author of the study: "A lot of people start out with the dogma that cats can't wear collars, that they won't tolerate them or that they're dangerous. Now, pet owners can look at this research and consider that they will be able to put identification on their cat.” She adds: “A collar with an ID tag is probably a cat's greatest chance of ever being re-homed or brought back if it is lost."

She and her team advise that the collar -- no matter its material -- should fit properly, with room for two fingers between the neck and the collar. They also suggest that you carefully monitor your cat’s behavior with the new collar for the first few days. It’s usually during this time that problems will surface, should your cat be one of the rare individuals that cannot tolerate a collar.

Microchipping is also always an option. I would also add that it’s equally important to keep your cat indoors at all times, as this is better for overall safety and longevity. Your vigilance can do wonders in protecting your cat from harm.


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