How to Choose the Right Collar for Your Cat

Last Updated on March 18, 2022 by ellen

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Do you know how to choose the right collar for your cat? Does your cat even wear a collar? Or do you not put a collar on your cat? Even though our cats are inside cats, collars are still important for their safety. Their rabies tag and their pet identification tag need to be on their collar just in case.

Black and white cat on a blue and green blanket

How to Choose the Right Collar for Your Cat

If you’re wondering how to choose the right collar, keep reading. You should consider more than just the size and the color of the collar when making your choice. You can certainly buy a stylish collar for your cat. But, read on for some helpful tips that will help you choose the very best collar for your feline friend.

You may have a hard time getting your cat to wear a collar if they aren’t used to it. Don’t let that stop you. Your cat needs to get used to wearing a collar for safety reasons. You may need to try several styles to find one they are most comfortable with. Be sure that you put their rabies tag and ID tag on the collar. This may be a law in your state. You can find out by asking your animal control officer. Or, check when you license them.

Cat wearing a cute cat collar and a bell

Remember that cat collars don’t grow as your cat grows so if you start with a collar on a kitten, you will need to replace it as your kitten grows. You may need to get them a larger or smaller collar if they have gained or lost weight. You should easily be able to slip two or three fingers between your cat’s neck and their collar for comfort. So, you can buy an adjustable collar if you feel that this will be an issue for your cat.

Breakaway collars

You should pick a cat collar that has a breakaway feature. This feature will allow the collar to “break” or “snap” open if your cat becomes hooked on something. This feature can save your cat’s life if they become snagged on something while they’re out. You can find these collars on Amazon.

How to Choose the Right Collar for Your Cat

Nylon is the most common collar material. It’s a tough material that will stand up to wear and resist fraying. If your cat goes outside regularly, be certain to choose a collar that has reflective stripes or patches sewn into the collar. These collars will reflect off car lights. You can never be too careful. I love the cute reflective collar in the photo above. He looks so stylish!

How to Choose the Right Collar for Your Cat

Next, if you have any questions at all about what kind of collar is appropriate for your cat, speak with your veterinarian. You may also find an associate at a local pet store who can help. You may want to buy more than one just in case. Remember that collars wear out over time.

Next, check out how to find a pet when they’re lost.

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