The cat is a freedom-loving creature, and any restriction on its space can be perceived painfully. Therefore, in cases when you want to use a cat collar, you need to be very careful to teach the animal to gradual innovation and, most importantly, make the right choice of this accessory. This article is about how to choose the right collar for the cat, what are they and how to teach your pet to wear it.
What are collars?
• Parasiticide collars.
The most common collar is against parasites. It is made of special elastic material impregnated with repelling material unit, ticks and other parasites. This very convenient tool can overcome the unwanted presence of parasites on the skin of the animal. When choosing such a useful accessory do not save money. In the cheap options manufacturers use very strong chemicals that can cause allergies in cats. Besides, cheap collars often do not help. To avoid unnecessary costs and not to cause trouble to the cat, consult your vet or other owners of cats who have experience in this matter.
• Show collars.
This kind of collars for cats is ascribed to a separate group, because they have to carry only an aesthetic function, not so practical for everyday collars or treatment. If you choose an accessory for your cat just to adorn your pet, you should not think about how convenient it will be. This is the only way in which you can limit only the material resources, because these collars are not cheap.
• Self-unclasping collars.
It is the most convenient form of collars for cats. In the case you do not want to restrict the freedom of the animal, but you are worried about its safety, choose such a collar: it could unclasp itself if the cat catches for a branch or a fence. This will protect the animal from accidents.
• Collars with addresses.
It is very convenient form of collars designed for cats who like to walk away from home. There is no need to buy a collar with a tag on which is written the contact information of the animal's owner. Most often can be found small pendants that cling to your cat's collar and does not detain your cat.
Modern manufacturers of collars went even further in desire to help cats to come home unharmed after walking. There are collars that send an easy discharge current: this makes it clear to a cat that it went too far and should turn back. Also are invented such collars, which are embedded with a special chip: the owners can easily find their pets. It is not cheap, but it works perfectly. Reflective strip is attached to such collars that will ensure the safety of your pet in the dark.
• Magnetic collars.
This type of collar may have a therapeutic effect on a cat: it helps to cope with the problems of the cardiovascular system, as well as aid digestion of the animal. Some magnetic collars work as a key to opening the door of the house for the cat. This prevents penetration of other animals to the house.
How to choose a collar for the cat?
To choose a collar for cats, you should decide what problem you want to solve with its help: to take care of the health of the animal, its appearance, safety. The more difficult task is, the more costly this purchase will be. For example, collars for cats with chips are too expensive. Too cheap options will not always show quality and practicality. Sometimes, it is better to choose a collar of known reputable manufacturer, because the disappointment in purchase will be reduced to a minimum.
How to accustom the cat to the collar?
Begin to teach your cat to the collar no earlier than six months of age. Until that time, the bones of the animal are too weak and unformed, it is not necessary to load them once again. The first time wear the cat a collar for a few minutes, over time, increase the time until the animal is adapted to innovation. After each fitting, encourage your cat with something tasty that she was able to form positive emotions from wearing her new jewelry.
Do not buy cats dog collars, they can injure the animal. To walk, do not use ordinary collars, prefer a harness - it will help to take the load off the animal's neck and would not let it run away.