If you’ve got a cat and you’d never thought to put a collar on him, we would like to tell you some reasons which could change your opinion of cat collars.

Many people have the misguided idea of that only dogs wear collars and cats can’t wear collar, even then many cat owners turn down to put a cat collar on him by different causes. The main reasons are,

  • Some cat owners believe that putting a collar on his cat could bring along a choking hazard if the cat gets tangled or stuck in somewhere such as,on branches or in a narrow gap.
  • Some cat owners think that their cat will refuse to keep the collar on without any trouble. They think the cat can’t stop scratching excessively at it so, the collar keeps ripping off.
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We are going to tell you three reasons why it’s important to put a cat collar on your pet.

  • If your cat is lost, it’s more likely to get him back if he wears a cat collar with id tag. Even, if your cat is always indoors, you must know there’s always a chance they could run away outside. All cats are quite curious and it’s quite often that cats go out and the door closes behind them suddenly or they find the way of escape, such as through a hole in a screen window.



According to Linda Lord, assistant professor of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University,

“Less than 2 percent of cats in animal shelters make it back to their owners, whereas about 15 to 19 percent of dogs are returned, and one reason is that more dogs wear collars”


  • A cat collar with a medical alert tag, it can be strongly useful if your cat suffers from a sharp or chronic illness. If your cat is lost and a person finds your cat and sees the message on the collar, he’ll know that your cat needs special veterinary care and there’s someone who is worried about him.


  • It’s an easy and quick way to tell your cat apart. You’ll be able to recognize who your cat is at just a glance. Even it could help your neighbours to recognise your cat and tell you about where your cat was, if he usually wanders wherever.


The Ohio State University, Texas A&M and the University of Florida and Cornell participated jointly in a research about the cats behavior who aren’t get used to wearing a collar. Linda Lord who is an assistant professor of veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State University, was the lead author of this study.

To this research, it was recruited 338 cat owners with 538 cats from different colleges of veterinary of these universities. The aim of this research was to study the tolerance of wearing collar by cats which had never worn any until then; Cats were randomly put one of three types of cat collars:

*Plastic Buckle Collars

*Buckle Collars designed to detach if they become caught on something

*Elastic Stretch Safety Collars

The research was six months long. The results were:

  • 72.3% percent of the studied cats wore their cat collars for the six months study period
  • 61.89% percent of the studied cats who wore their cat collars during six-month study, kept the collar on without any trouble.

So, most of the cats tolerated quite well to wear a cat collar. The reasons which were provided by the cat owners whose cats didn’t successfully wear collars during study time, were the following:

  • The collar was lost by the cat
  • The cat scratched excessively at the collar
  • The collar kept coming off and the owner didn’t pick to remove again.
  • The cat collar got stuck in any object. Only a few cats turned out injured, but nothing serious happened (In this case, the percent was about 1.5%)


To sum up,

  • Almost three out of four cats in the study wore cat collars properly during a six months study, so most of the cats would tolerate a collar quite well.
  • Another important issue was the cat owners’ perception about how their cats would behavior when they would wear a collar. The results showed that the cats which didn’t successfully wear collar during the study coincided with the cat owners who didn’t have a high expectation on their pets would accept a collar quiet well. So, we deduce that the cat owners’ willingness is really important about this matter.
  • All of the enrolled cats had microchips for the study. But even your cat has a microchip under his skin, you keep in mind that most of people haven’t got any microchip scanner at home or in their handbags, so it’s a lot easier that your cat could be identified by his cat collar with id tag.

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Source: Putting Collars on Cats; The New York Times –by Tara Parker