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 leather cat collars for your favourite feline.
- Leather Cat Collars: Why should I get a collar for my cat?
- Increasing visibility
- Activating the cat flap
- Reducing Hunting
- Fashion and Style
- What are the risks with my cat wearing a collar?
- What causes problems with cat collars?
- Cat Collar Best Practices
- Take time choosing the right collar for your cat
- Get the right fit
- Allow your cat to adjust
- Check your cat’s collar regularly
- Colourful Leather Cat Collars
- Personalised Leather Cat Collars
- Breakaway Leather Cat Collars
- Leather Cat Collar with ID tag
- Fancy “Leather” Cat Collars
- Vegan cork “leather” breakaway collars
Leather 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.
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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.
Colourful Leather Cat Collars
These 1/4 inch leather cat collars are available in 11 different colours as well as a choice of 8 colours for the bell component. These leather cat collars also have a break-away quick release buckle for your cat’s safety and comfort.
These leather cat collars are made from one piece of acadia leather. All of the products are handmade and hand-stitched.
Personalised Leather Cat Collars
These personalized leather cat collars can be engraved for kittens and large cats, the leather collar element can be customized and the collar has a black buckle. These comfortable cat collars are made of soft full grain genuine leather and have a high-quality metal buckle and D-ring.
Due to soft natural material, this leather cat collar will not rub or irritate your pet’s skin or cause any discomfort. They are flexible, durable and stylish. The collars are available in 6 different colours and in 2 sizes.
Anything can be engraved on the steel panel but 2 lines of text look best.
Breakaway Leather Cat Collars
These elegant leather cat collars made from premium quality soft leather in a variety of colors and styles. They are also available in multiple sizes for any neck size, can also be easily adjusted.
These leather cat collars are available with breakaway or non breakaway buckle clasps. The most common type for cats is the breakaway buckle clasp as it is made to release automatically if your cat gets caught on something.
The collar is available in 3 different lengths and the breakaway or non-breakaway option. The leather collar component is available in 9 different colours and the clasps are available in 5 different colour options.
Leather Cat Collar with ID tag
This gorgeous leather cat collar comes with a round ID tag which is attached to the collar. The collar is adjustable and you can add engraving for free – name of pet and phone number.
These leather cat collars are available in 8 different colours and the tag is available in silver or gold. It is possible to organise the cat collar without the tag for a cheaper price.
Fancy “Leather” Cat Collars
I love these gorgeous fancy leather cat collars! Collars are adjustable to fit most cats (about 8″-12″) kittens ( about 6-10″ ) and have a breakaway buckle and bell for your cats safety. The bells can be easily removed. The buckles are black.
The thickness of the collars vary due to the reclaimed materials and are vinyl or vegan leather. Each collar is one of a kind. There are 7 different patterns available from silver pebble to python.
Vegan cork “leather” breakaway collars
These vegan breakaway collars are the perfect choice for those vegetarians who are seeking the leather look. This collar is also breakaway with a quick release for safety, adjustable to suit your kitty and comes with a bell.
This leather cat collar is made from one piece of cork cord and is made by hand, hand-stitched and hand shipped. These leather collars are backed with a polyurethane, cotton mixed backing. This backing helps keep the cork intact.
The cork is from cork trees bark in Portugal and is genuine cork. It’s very flexible, durable and soft.
Every collar has a cute cat icon in the breakaway component. The collars are available in 12 colours and the bell in 9 colours.
Your favourite feline can look even more gorgeous with a stylish leather cat collar. However, do make sure that you check the initial fit and regularly check in with your kitty to make sure it is comfortable.
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