Halloween is such a good time to have some fun with your favourite feline. However, many cats don’t like being dressed up – such poor sports!!! If your cat doesn’t allow you to make him festive then a Halloween cat collar could be a great option.
But there are quite a few things to know before buying a collar for your cat. Any decent pet store will have a wide range of collars for cats on offer. These vary from the functional (eg identifying your cat, flea collars) to stylish leather cat collars to the downright over the top.
Buying the right collar for your cat can be quite an overwhelming choice – not to mention how many collars does your cat need?
So here are the key things you need to know to make the right choice of Halloween cat collars for your favourite feline.
Halloween Cat Collars: Why should I get a collar for my cat?
If you have an outside cat then a reflective strip on their cat can help them be found at night. Also, when my cat was a kitten I attached a bell to his collar. This helped me to know where he was in the house and to find him when he got himself lost or confused.
Whilst getting your cat microchipped is by far the safest and most permanent way to make sure your cat can be identified, adding a tag to its collar with ownership details can also be helpful.
Your cat would need to be taken to a vet in order for the microchip to be read. However, if you have your contact details on its collar you may be able to reclaim your feline much faster.
A tag also shows people that your cat has a home and an owner.
Activating the cat flap
Many cat flaps come with an electronic or magnetic key that attaches to a cat’s collar. This allows the cat flap to make sure it only lets your cat in – not every cat in the nieghborhood! However, some of the newest cat flaps link to a cat’s microchip so this may soon become a superfluous benefit.
If you would prefer your outdoor cat not be off hunting and potentially eating (or much worse bringing home!) prey then attaching a bell to its collar could be a good idea. A bell will let potential prey know that your kitty is nearby and gives them more time to escape your kitty’s hunt.
For years pet stores have sold flea collars. There have been questions raised about the use of the chemicals in some of these collars and how they may interact with your cat’s fur and skin. There are now flea collars with safer ingredients as well as different options for applying flea deterrents to your cat.
GPS cat collars are now available that can track your cat. They tend to use GPS or radio frequency to keep tabs on your cat’s whereabouts. Obviously these collars come with a heftier price tag than the average cat collar.
There are also tracking devices available that can be attached to your cat’s collar rather than being the entire collar.
Fashion and Style
I must confess, along with identification this is a key reason I was interested in having a collar for my cat Alexei. Particularly when it comes to options like Christmas and Halloween collars. However, there are risks with cats wearing collars so these need to be traded off and/or managed relative to the aesthetic benefit.
What are the risks with my cat wearing a collar?
Your cat may suffer from minor irritations like hair loss due to the collar rubbing against its fur.
Many cats don’t like wearing a collar and may try to take it off. This can cause problems as the collar may get caught on your cat’s jaw or on its paws if it uses its legs to try to take it off.
If the collar gets hooked onto something like a line or string and doesn’t come off or break open your cat may be strangled.
What causes problems with cat collars?
Poor Quality collars can often cause problems. This may be because they were not properly made so could become loose – making it more likely that your cat may be injured trying to remove the collar. Also, the stitching may become lose and cause further issues.
The fit of your cat’s collar is also important. Too loose and your cat may get injured trying to take it off. Too tight and it could cause injury and anxiety to your feline.
Some collars still come with elastic inserts. In the past these were thought to be a good idea as it could provide some give. However, vets are now in agreement that these types of collars are more likely to cause problems rather than prevent them.
Collar accessories like discs, bells or other items linked to the collar can cause problems. Your cat may get its claw stuck in one of these or they could become caught on something thus restricting and traumatising your cat.
Cat Collar Best Practices
If you do want your cat to wear a collar there are several steps you can take to make sure it is as safe and happy an experience for your feline as possible.
Take time choosing the right collar for your cat
Snap open or plastic buckle collars are the current best practice. These allow your cat to be released if it gets trapped. This does mean that you may well lose a few collars but your cat won’t run the risk of getting trapped. This can be particularly important if you have a cat that often goes outdoors.
Do invest a bit more and check that your collar has the right balance of staying secure as well as opening easily under some pressure.
The ideal collar will have rounded or folded edges rather than sharp ones. This will be much more comfortable for your cat.
Get the right fit
There is a right fit for cat collars. A cat collar should be quite tightly fitted. This means that you should be able to fit 1-2 fingers underneath it. Start with a loose fitting collar and then adjust.
Cats tend to tense their muscles when a collar is being fitted so do check the collar again a few minutes after applying it to make sure the fit is firm. If this is the first time your cat has worn a collar you may want to reward it with a treat some playtime and/or cuddles.
Allow your cat to adjust
It is ideal to start your cat wearing a collar when it is a kitten if that is your intent. If your cat is older you may want to try having your cat initially wear its collar in a limited space for limited time. This allows them to get used to it batches and you can watch how your cat deals with the collar.
Check your cat’s collar regularly
Check the fit of your cat’s collar every couple of weeks. If your cat gains weight or is a kitten and growing at a fast rate it may well become too tight quite quickly. Also, check that the collar is in good shape and not coming loose or that it hasn’t suffered any damage.
Of course, if your cat appears unhappy and is pawing/clawing at the collar do check it immediately.
If you are thinking about taking your cat out for walks please do buy a harness rather than attaching a lead to your cat’s collar. A harness is much more secure and will be far more comfortable for your cat if they begin to strain against the leash.
Most cats have quite small necks so it doesn’t take much pressure for them to experience considerable pain or damage if that strain is coming from their collar.
Black and Orange Halloween Cat Colours with Design
I love these halloween themed breakaway colours and ordered one for my cat. They feature the classic colours of black or orange and halloween images like pumpkins and spiders.
These collars are lightweight and soft and perfect for kittens. Each halloween cat colour has an orange and black breakaway buckle. They also have a chrome plated D ring and a removable jingle bell.
They are adjustable and come in 3 sizes, 4 designs and are 10mm thick.
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Bowtie Halloween Cat collars
Looking for a slightly more formal Halloween cat collar? Then these collars with bowties are perfect for you! And these adjustable breakaway collars will fit most kittens or cats.
The collars are available in 2 designs: pumpkins and ghosts. The pumpkin option is available in black and purple and the ghosts in green and purple.
Pom Pom Halloween Cat Collars
This gorgeous Halloween cat collar features halloween coloured pom poms as well as letters spelling out Spooky as an option. Both sizes collar diameter are the same but vary by Pom Pom balls size ie. small pom pom and medium pom pom.
The collars are elastic so they are comfortable and flexible for your cat. And the bell is an additional benefit and can be removed.
Halloween Bandana and Colour Set
Don’t tell you feline but these are positioned as being for dogs but are totally applicable to cats. These hand made Halloween collars and bandanas come in 4 sizes and are 100% cotton.
The inside of the collar is made with strong polypropylene webbing. This material remains strong even when wet or damp. These collars also use sturdy metal D-Rings to ensure your cat is kept safe.
Jack O’Lantern Collar
These cute cat collars feature an orange and black Jack O’Lantern design. They have 1 inch contoured side release plastic buckles which are side release and include extra safety tabs.
There are 2 sizes that are both adjustable and they come with a heavy welded D-ring and nylon stitching.
There are also two metal upgrade options – polished aluminium and nickle plated welded steel hardware.
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Cat collars with detachable Halloween Embellishments
These colourful cat collars come with 5 different halloween character embellishments and two halloween themed bowties. Each come with a plastic loop on the back which can be applied to the collars. The base collar can be ordered in either purple or orange.
The breakaway cat collars come in three different sizes. The embellishments can be ordered on their own if you already have a suitable cat collar.
Over the collar Halloween bandana and bow
These 100% premium cotton bandanas and bows feature halloween designs against a white background. Order one or both. The bandanas fit over your cat’s collar and are available in 4 sizes. The bows also fit over the collar and are available in 3 sizes and are machine washable.
And for some more halloween fun why not complement your cat’s current collar with one of these fantastic Halloween hats for cats! They are available in witch, pumpkin and spider designs.
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And I LOVE these vampire bat wings for cats! The wings come with adjustable velcro straps that attach around the neck and chest of your cat to keep the wings in place. And it also includes an orange jack-o-lantern bell around the collar portion.
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If you love celebrating Halloween and would like your favourite feline to join in the festivities a Halloween cat collar can be a great option. But do make sure you follow best practices about how to fit and check cat collars so that your Halloween fun is kitty safe!
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