Breakaway collars are the safest choice for cats as they are designed to unclip if your cat gets caught by the collar. They come in a variety of colors and materials, including reflective. For maximum safety, collars should be paired with a name tag, which at the very minimum, lists at least your phone number.
Collars come with two different styles of closures, either buckle or snap type.
Buckle collars come in a variety of sizes, and can even be customized to make them smaller. These collars usually have an elastic band which allows your cat to slip out of the collar if it becomes hung up.
It is important to make sure that your cat’s collar is not too tight or too loose, both of which can cause serious problems. You should be able to fit two fingers comfortably under the collar.
Most cat collars are made from nylon and are available in an assortment of colors and patterns. Some collars also have a reflective strip, which is a good choice for outdoor cats as it allows them to be visible at night. Some collars come with bells already attached or separate bells can be purchased and added to the collar. There are even special large, loud bells that are designed for outdoor cats so that squirrels and birds can hear them approaching.
The majority of cat harnesses are H-style, they are termed H-style because when opened flat they look like the letter H. These harnesses generally have two buckles, one at the neck and one around the girth. There are also figure-eight style harnesses available. However, this style offers less control of the cat.
It is important to remember that even if your cat is comfortable with a harness and leash, it is still a good idea to familiarize them with a carrier in the event you need to use one.