If you have a cat, chances are you like to lavish it with fancy gifts, be that scratching posts or feather mice. However, a cat collar is a real necessity, as they can hold vital information to help return your cat if they get lost, increase their safety, and keep away fleas. Sometimes they can look pretty cool too!
In this article, we'll provide you with the essential information you should consider before picking up your cat collar. After this, we’ll show you our favourites available to buy from Amazon and eBay, including collars with reflective strips and bells to alert birds, quick release designs, and even calming collars for those anxious fur-faced friends.
Of course, there will be some aspect of personal taste when it comes to picking up a cat collar, as well as the needs of the cat you’ll be fitting it on. Nonetheless, there are a few considerations to take into account to make sure you select the best collar for your feline, the most important of which we'll detail below.
The main thing to consider when choosing a collar is the style, or the way in which it fastens or unfastens. These can be broken down into two types: belt and breakaway. Let's look at the specifics of each so you can work out which your cat requires.
Breakaway-style collars can also be referred to as safety or quick release collars, due to the fact their plastic clips are designed to automatically unclasp when pulled or tugged with force.
The design is all about safety, and is there to prevent injury if you have an adventurous cat who's likely to get caught on something. The downside is there is a higher risk of losing the collar.
Belt or non-breakaway collars are more often used for pets who walk on leashes; however, some cat owners make the switch if their pet is frequently losing collars. As you can guess, they fasten with a buckle instead of a plastic clasp.
If you want to go down this route, you need to consider how likely it is that your cat will get into unsafe situations. Therefore, alongside leash-wearing cats, we'd mostly recommend them for indoor or older cats.
Collars can come in a wide variety of materials such as polyester, nylon, velvet, or even leather. These are all strong, durable materials that will add to the lifetime of your cat collar, saving you the trouble of shopping for a new one regularly.
As well as your preference in terms of looks and ethics, another factor worth considering is whether your cat is sensitive to the material. This may be difficult to know if it’s a new pet, but if you’ve had them for a while and tried different collars, perhaps think about which they seemed to enjoy more, and what it was made of.
Getting the right size for your cat is essential, otherwise, they’re going to make short work of gnawing it off and leaving it in your bedroom as a gift.
To make sure you get the right size, firstly measure your cat’s neck, and once you have this, check the sizings available on the product you like.
When the collar arrives and you fit it to your cat, make sure to leave enough room for two fingers to fit snugly between the collar and the neck, which indicates it's neither too tight nor too loose. Most collars will be adjustable by a good few centimetres, so there should be sufficient leeway.
Another vital to point to consider is whether or not your collar comes with good visibility features, such as reflective strips. These will help you identify your cat when it's lurking in the darkest corner of the garage or running around in the evening.
In theory, these should also help your cat avoid any accidents on the road, as motorists should be able to spot them crossing the road. If you have an indoor cat this may not be such a concern, but if your furry pal is frequently out at night, it’s certainly worth considering.
Should all cats wear a collar with a bell? This does again depend on your cat's characteristics, but there are several reasons why they're a good inclusion, even if you find the constant tinkling a little annoying!
Apparently, a bell can reduce the likelihood of catching prey by half. This not only limits how many semi-conscious birds they generously bring into the house, but also reduces the effects on the local wildlife population.
If you're a kitten owner, a collar with a bell can be especially handy in locating them around the house, as their curiosity often means they find their way into all sots of corners and crevices.
Some cats suffering from anxiety may find wearing a collar with a bell stressful, so attach with caution if this sounds like your feline.
Now you know what to look out for when buying a cat collar online, it’s time for our top 10. From sophisticated leather options to award-winning contemporary designs, we’ve ranked the best to buy online in the UK. We’re sure there is something for every cat!
|Size||17 - 25 cm|
|Size||Adult (measurements not specified)|
|Size||19.5 - 26.5 cm|
|Size||One size fits all|
|Size||20 - 25 cm|
|Size||20 - 30 cm|
|Size||20 - 32 cm|
|Size||20 - 30 cm|
|Size||One size fits all|
|Size||19 - 32 cm|
6 Pack Reflective Cat Collars
Flea Treatment Collar for Cats
6 Pack Leather Cat Collars
12 Pack of Safety Cat Collars
Personalised Reflective Cat Collars
Soft Velvet Cat Adjustable Collar
Pheromone Calming Collar for Cats
Meadow Cat Collar
Catz NightCat Collar
Leather Cat Collar
A Brilliant Product at a Brilliant Price
8 Month Protection From Pesky Insect Freeloaders
Stylish and Sturdy for the Classy Cat
A Multipack for the Adventurous Cat
Safety First With This Personalised Collar
One for the Sassy Cats
Help Your Four-Legged Pal Alleviate Stress and Stay Calm
An Award-Winner That's Even Been Mentioned in Vogue
A Range of Durable Glow in the Dark Collars
A Classic Leather Collar With a Twist
|Size||19 - 32 cm||One size fits all||20 - 30 cm||20 - 32 cm||20 - 30 cm||20 - 25 cm||One size fits all||19.5 - 26.5 cm||Adult (measurements not specified)||17 - 25 cm|
Now that you've picked the perfect collar for your kitty, it's time to put it on! But, wait - what if they are having trouble adapting to the collar?
Firstly, if possible, it's ideal to start getting your cat adjusted to wearing collars while they are still young. Put the collar on to your kitty for short periods of time while playing with them or giving them a treat, so that they can get used to the feeling of wearing the collar while being distracted by something else. Reward them when they wear it, and gradually lengthen the amount of time that they wear the collar.
It can also help to start by putting the collar on them without the tag or bell, as this can remind them that they are wearing the collar and distract them from whatever they are doing. Once they get accustomed to the collar itself you can also gradually introduce them to the collar tag and bell if necessary.
Looking for more cat-related essentials to spoil your favourite companion with? We have plenty more articles dedicated to all things feline, a selection of which you can find below. For even more ideas, have a browse thorough our dedicated pet category!
As long as you remember to take the size, style, and features into consideration, finding the right collar should be a breeze. And whether you've a rambunctious young kitten or a relaxed senior cat with little knowledge and conviction, we're sure you'll both feel better with a new collar.
Author: Lewis Clark
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