|Collar & License
cat should always have a collar on if it is an indoor/outdoor
cat, and if your strictly indoor cat may be able to escape out
of your house you may consider keeping one on him all the time.
are available in an assortment of colors and patterns in pet
stores and online. You should look for a collar with a
break-away feature, which allows the cat to escape if it gets
caught on something so that they do not choke themselves. Some
also have bells attached to them (or you can attach them yourself
easily), which can be handy in a large house, during the dark
hours of night, and outside. Another feature you may look
for if you have an indoor/outdoor cat is a reflector that attaches
to your cat's collar and works like a reflector on a bike when
he is around streets.
collars come in a variety of sizes, you should measure your cat's
neck or take him along with you to the pet store when shopping
for a collar. Remember that if you want to buy him a collar
as a kitten, you will end up buying another one when he reaches
full size. When the collar is on your cat's neck, you should
be able to fit your finger between his neck and the collar comfortably,
ensuring that he has enough room and will not choke.
should never be attached to collars; rather,
you should get a harness for your
Adjustable Cat Collar 8"-12"
Price: $9.99 at Petsmart
These collars allow you to have your cat's name
and phone number (or any other information you want) embroidered
directly onto it so you can eliminate the need for a license. They
have a safely buckle in case your cat gets caught on something,
and a bell so that you can hear them all the time.
City Reflective Adjustable Cat Collars
Price: $6.99 at Petsmart
are an example of basic collars that you can find at
any pet store. They are made of comfortable nylon,
feature a safety buckle, sometimes come with a bell,
and are available in an assortment of sizes and colors. These
particular collars have little patterns on them - different
pet stores and sites online feature full colored and
are available at most pet stores and online, are cheap ($5.00-$10.00),
and can be customized to say whatever you like. You should
include your cat's name, address, and phone number in case your
cat gets outside (if it is an indoor cat) or injured. The
words "I'm lost" can also be added to an indoor cat's
tag to ensure that a stranger will know he doesn't belong outside. I
personally prefer the licenses from the machine at Petsmart -
I have found these to be the nicest looking and the highest quality. I've
had one for my oldest cat for 2 years and it has very little
wear on it.
and license can easily fall off if your cat gets loose outside, you
should consider microchipping your pet.
like these can be obtained at your local pet store. Petsmart,
and other pet stores, has a machine that lets you personalize
your license up to 3 lines (2 for smaller tags) in minutes
Cat Bells by Top Paw
Price: $1.19 at Petsmart
Bells like these can be obtained from your pet store (or you can make one
yourself using bells, paint, and jewlery attachments from a craft store)
to give your cat some personality.