Tips & Tricks: Keeping Your Cat Safe – How Collars Can Help

Hi everyone,

Please find below a guest post by Neil B on how collars can help keeping your  cat safe.

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There’s no doubt about it, our cats are unbelievably important to us, so when they go missing, no matter how temporarily that may be, we are understandably worried. Cats are adventurous creatures and love to explore their surroundings; this means they are likely to do a disappearing act on a weekly basis. More often than not they will reappear of their own accord (or when they get hungry!), and nine times out of ten you have nothing to worry about.

To give yourself piece of mind, it’s super important to make sure that if they do get a little lost, you can quickly identify your feline friend and bring them home safe. Cat collars are perhaps the most effective way you can use to ensure your cat doesn’t go missing for long. Here are just a few key ways you can use them in order to keep your cat safe and sound.

1. Attach a Bell

Bell’s are not just there for decoration. Attaching a bell to your cat’s collar will allow you to listen for your cat even if you can’t see them. If your cat becomes trapped up a tree or camouflaged in the foliage, a bell is a priceless device as it will alert you to their whereabouts, especially if they become distressed. Of course, it’s more likely that you will hear this tiny jingle every time your pet is ready to be fed, but it’s better to be safe than sorry

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2. Reflective Collars

Reflective collars like those available from Collars and Tags, are a godsend, especially in these long, dark winter months as they allow you to locate your cat even on those pitch black wintery mornings. They come in a variety of colours too, which means you can pick one to suit your cat’s personality which will also help you to identify your cat more quickly. As well as allowing you to find out your cat’s whereabouts more quickly, it will also make them more visible to drivers and other pedestrians too.

3. Kitty GPS

If you want to make sure your cat is extra safe, you could always invest in a GPS for their collar! Yes, this is in fact a real thing and is a sure fire way for you to locate your cat as soon as they disappear. The GPS device is simply attached to your cat’s collar and you’re good to go and as long as your pet doesn’t manage to unclip its collar, then you will easily be able to track your pet no matter where they might end up. Not only is this a super useful methodof keeping your cat safe, it sounds like it could be extremely interesting too!

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Of course, when you fit a collar, you must ensure that it is fitted safely and correctly, or else you could risk your cat becoming tangled and trapped – especially if they’re partial to tree climbing or hiding in the bushes. Make sure the collar is tight without becoming uncomfortable for your cat and that it is fitted with a quick release fastening, so that if you pet does become tangled or trapped they can make a quick escape.

Thanks for reading and we hope you found his information useful.

Thanks,

Marc

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32 thoughts on “Tips & Tricks: Keeping Your Cat Safe – How Collars Can Help

  1. You can also just keep your cat inside! I have two rescue cats who started their lives outside but who have adjusted quite nicely, thank you very much, to live inside. This is especially important for us city dwellers. I hate it when I go outside on my street and see these sweet kittens roaming around. It’s only a matter of time before a car or truck or coyote or racoon get them.

    1. same here I have THREE rescues and they are inside 24/7 … they are all chipped in case they manage to escape … I had one escape and I stayed with him until I could capture him lucky he was in a bush and meowing … and I have one who is right at the door when I come home making me nervous he will escape … still working on how to dissuade him from hanging out by the door!

      1. Tell me about it. Both of mine are indoors but Nubia managed to sneak out once and was gone for a whole 24 hours. Turned out she got cosey at a neighbors place who had a cat flap LOL.

        1. Japp alles das ^^ nagel auf den kopf getroffen haha. Und meine schwester hat ne katze adoptiert 😀 da muss erstmal nen paar geschenke mitgebracht werden und photos gemacht werden. 😉

    1. Accuracy will depend on the actual device but in theory as long as the gps signal is transmitting you could track your cat even if they moved country! 🙂

      Thats for example how stolen iPhones get tracked down in other countries. I have to say I am curious to test one of these gadgets tho as I have not yet trialled one to see how accurate they actually are.

  2. I have 4 outdoor cats….all 6 years old, (3 sisters and 1 brother). Like all previous cats before, when they are young, I smush salted butter between their toes on all their feet. Through their licking they learn their scent (or so I was told). We have 13 acres here, and each neighbor around us all have acreage too. Our cats always find their way home. Could be coincidence, wives tale etc….but I am convinced it works! I put collars on their momma cat when I first got her, but she got stuck on a tree branch and could have choked to death had she not been close enough to hear her. After that I never used a collar again on my outdoor cats.

    1. I never heard of that tip before but very interesting! I may have to research that now. :D. And yes collrs can be dangerous hence why our guest author pointed out to ensure its a safety collar. Those will snap off should the cat get caught on them. 🙂

  3. Another vote for keeping the cats indoors. It’s better for the environment and they are much safer. Mine are perfectly happy, but they do need extra attention and playtime.

  4. One time we stayed in a trailer with our cat, Tigger. My parents used a leash and harness to make sure she stayed on the lot. It took her about a half hour to figure out that if she pulled the leash around the pole in the middle of the lot, she would get the leash taut enough to get out of the harness. We ended up catching her in a soy bean field. It was her last camping trip.

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