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Tight collars On Kittens ?

It is a normal procedure to put a collar on a new pet when we bring them home. We certainly don't want them to wander away and come to harm.

I am talking about cats mainly. My dogs, I have them all tattooed and chipped as well as an address on the collar,just to make sure.

Cats are a little different as we tend to give them more freedom than our dogs.

If our tiny kitten has a collar on we have it around us until it becomes mature and confident.

I read a while back about two little girls who found a kitten and they adopted it ,they thought it a good idea to put a collar around its neck.

It turned out it was a ferrel,their parents quickly put a stop to the adoption idea but it was months later that the poor cat was found with the most dreadful neck growth where the neck had grown over the collar,terrible.

there was a happy ending ,it was placed in an animal sanctuary and recovered collars on kittens ,maybe.

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kat123456 wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:36 PM

Oh that is sad, although the end is happy. Yes, maybe no collars or carefully monitored collars on kittens

j2401 wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:39 PM

Ive never put a collar on my cats, I knew someone who had a cat that got its collar caught when climbing a tree and the poor little thing hung itself.

Louemham wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:45 PM

There should be more education on the placing of collars on small animals. The girls tried their best but ended up doing the kitten harm, I am glad there was a happy ending though

MegL wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:51 PM

I believe cats are recommended to have collars with an elastic insert, so that the collar will stretch and allow them to get free if it gets caught on a branch but this would still not be good for kittens.

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:52 PM

That was so awful,poor little thing.

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:53 PM

b etter to be sure and get them tattooed.

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:55 PM

You are right ,they thought they were doing good ,I hope they weren't aware though ,they would have been shocked.

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:57 PM

Seems like a no win situation ,just have a tattoo or chip..

JeanC wrote on January 15, 2015, 5:08 PM

I gave up collaring my cats long ago, they usually found a way to take them off and lose them somewhere. I never used solid collars, I would always get breakaways and ones with elastic, which is probably why they always figured out how to lose them.

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 5:12 PM

If I was a cat I would get caught often,I am always getting hooked on things by bracelets and stuff.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 15, 2015, 5:26 PM

My cats never have collars on, to me they are too dangerous on an animal that can go under or up about anything it wants.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 15, 2015, 5:47 PM

I'm glad there was a happy ending. Our two indoor cats have never had collars. We used to put flea collars on our outdoor cats but always loose enough that they could pull out of them if the collar hung up on something. Now we use a systemic flea treatment, so no more collars on cats.

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 6:16 PM

Those are my thoughts also,they are unsafe.

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 6:19 PM

Good ending ,I would never have a collar on a cat ,as soon as my dogs are in the house the collars come off.

isabbbela wrote on January 15, 2015, 7:53 PM

You are right. A collar should never be tight, especially for cats. They are very hyperactive most of the time and they can get caught up somewhere by the collar .

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 8:01 PM

it doesn't bear thinking about,very dangerous.

bestwriter wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:16 AM

The last line of your post gave me some relief.I hate those who put collars round cats and forget to change them as and when the cats grow. As it is I am not in favour of putting collars not even on dogs.I do it only when I have to bathe, or brush or give pills.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:35 AM

The problem with that is not the girls putting the collar on the kitten in the first place, it's that they were unable to monitor the kitten enough after they had collared it. If you see a wildlife expert putting a collar on an animal, it is always bigger than the neck of the animal, so as to give it space to grow/lose the collar if it needs to.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:37 AM

T-shirt sleeves on doorhandles is my favorite hooking method, especially when I'm having one of those days of being unsteady on my feet because the weather is playing merry hell with my balance.

VinceSummers wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:50 AM

That's something to think about. Frankly, I've never seen a cat try to remove a collar. So why make it tight?

maxeen wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:54 AM

I understand you, we need to take care with pets.

maxeen wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:56 AM

I thought I was the only one. Every time I carry a tray through the kitchen door I get hooked on it by my sleeve. This needs a write about it!!

scheng1 wrote on January 17, 2015, 8:33 AM

Oh dear. the poor kitten! I think those girls will learn from this painful experience.

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 5:39 PM

I experienced a little shudder when I began to read, anticipating the result... So glad the cat recovered, and didn't actually choke to death!