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Keeping track of your cat is important - a collar is just one way to identify them. Our guide gives advice on what collar you should choose for your cat.

Keeping track of your cat

Keeping your cat safe is important and making sure that your pet can be identified in case it goes missing is vital. The preferred method of identification is an implanted microchip, both permanent and safe. In addition, some owners like to make sure their cat has a collar too, attached with their contact details.

Find out more about microchipping

What collar should I purchase for my cat?

If you do choose to have a collar fitted, it is advised by Cats Protection that you purchase a 'quick release' or snap opening collar, in preference to an elasticated one. The cat is less likely to be trapped should the collar become caught or tangled, keeping your cat safe from harm.

Making sure the collar fits correctly is important too. Two fingers should fit snugly underneath it when the cat is wearing it, to ensure safety and comfort. A cat's leg or jaw can easily become caught in an ill-fitting collar and this can result in serious injury.

How often should I replace my cat's collar?

You'll need to keep an eye on your cat's collar to ensure it is fitted correctly and hasn't been damaged in any way that might harm or injure your cat or other cats. Any damaged collars should be replaced immediately.

While you might want to attach a dangling item, like a bell or ID tag, this isn't advised. Cats are at risk of trapping small items in fences or small areas, often resulting in injury.

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