The difference between collars for cats is not only in the material they are made of, but also in the purpose of their use. Owners just need to decide what functions a cat collar should perform and to select the appropriate size of this accessory.
The average length of the collar is easily calculated: the neck measurement plus the width of your two fingers put together. If you don’t have a tape measure, you can use a lace marking the necessary length with a knot. It is important that the collar fitted tight enough, but not squeezing the throat. If the collar is loose, the cat may take it off, or even worse, to get hold of a branch, fence, or wardrobe handle. Squeezing collars hampers blood circulation and makes breathing difficult. The collar length should be such that the tip protruding from its fastener was short.
As far as cat collars with navigators are concerned, we should say they are too heavy to be used in kittens under six months, despite constant improvement of technology.
Such collars are an accessory showing that the cat is domestic and has an owner. Such collars often have trinkets or capsules hung up on it containing the contacts of the owner. These collars can be made of different materials: leather, nylon, suede, velvet and metal. You can choose any one you like material with one exception: metal chains should not be put on the cat in winter and in the rainy season. Fasteners may be metallic (like in a leather strap of watch) or plastic. The latter is more preferable as it allows you to adjust the length of the collar up to one millimeter: no need to adjust the holes in the collar, and actually no holes at all. Also there are safe fasteners available: they get unfastened under tension if, for example, the pet gets caught on a branch.
Safe collars for cats can be made at home of any fabric; you need to connect the ends of the strap with a Velcro instead of a usual fastener. Another way is to make notches in several places, so that the collar tore under tension.
There are special collars for long-haired cats that are round in section. This accessory helps the cat to keep its coat in perfect condition, doesn’t rub and doesn’t lead to mats formation. Shorthaired cats may wear any collar, but it is desirable that the inner surface was smooth, with a minimum of seams, rivets, etc.
Light-reflecting nylon collars are gaining popularity nowadays. With this accessory even a black cat can be easily found in a dark room. And if your pet is allowed to walk outside, a reflective collar is a must-have for the cat to be noticed by drivers, especially at night.
Collars against external parasites
Despite statements of manufacturers that such collars are totally safe, some veterinarians don’t recommend the use of flea collars in kittens under 6 months, pregnant and lactating cats and animals suffering from chronic diseases of internal organs. These collars sometimes provoke allergic reactions and dermatitis. Purpose: prevention of external parasites. Usually, it is said about ticks, lice, fleas and ear mites sometimes. The smell deters the parasite, and the poison soaked into the skin upper layers and/or blood kills the parasites. Such collars are effective during several months.
“Stop hunt" collars
Such an accessory is usually bought by those owners who don’t want their pets to catch birds and mice. Integrated sensor beeps if there is a potential prey around. Light sensors don’t work at night. Such collars for cats can be made by owners by attaching to the collar a usual bell. However, many cats learn to move so smoothly, that the bell makes no sound. To complicate the task, it is necessary to change the bells every few months (using bells of other size, shape, or material).
GPS-collars for cats
For cats that walk freely outside. The device enables you to watch your pet location by sending text message to the operator or downloading maps. It is desirable that your device supported the feature of updating and downloading new maps, because the cat can be lost not only in your hometown, but also during a trip to the countryside or at the exhibition. The wider the radius of operation is, the more effective is the collar-device. Typically, cheap navigators operate at a distance of only a few dozens of meters, high-quality expensive devices cover an area of several kilometers.
Additional feature is the ability to set the borders. Once the cat crosses the border, the owner will receive an automatic call or a text. Real-time control mode allows (may be a delay of several minutes due to the low quality of the connection) sitting at home watching the monitor and see where your pet walks.
The device runs on batteries or on the accumulator. The latter is preferable, since the GPS-collar for cats would be useless if the battery suddenly becomes low. If the owner doesn’t have other ones, they will waste valuable time buying new batteries. But the accumulator can always be recharged with an electrical outlet, from a car cigarette lighter or from a laptop through the USB-port. The light on the collar can work for several hours (depending on the manufacturer). Nevertheless, it should be regularly charged without waiting for a full discharge.