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Collars, Harnesses & Leashes
Collars
Collars
Although not a necessity for cats, collars can provide you with peace of mind. Even with indoor cats, there is always the possibility of your cat somehow making it out the door. If that happens, a collar and nametag may help your cat to return home. Collars are also recommended for outdoor cats, especially if they tend to roam.

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

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.

Snap Collars Snap collars Snap collars are quick and easy to fasten. They come in a range of sizes that can be further adjusted. These collars typically snap open or “breakaway” when enough tension is applied.

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.

Reflective collar Bells

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.

Harnesses
Cat harness
However, collars are not the only option for cats. With some patience and training many cats can be taught to walk on a harness and some even enjoy going for walks. You should never attempt to walk your cat with just a collar and a leash. Not only could your cat wiggle out of its collar, this also places excessive stress on your cat’s neck. Harnesses on the other hand, encircle both the body and neck, minimizing the amount of stress applied directly to the neck. Even if you have an older cat, it is still possible to teach it to walk on a harness. With some patience and frequent practice, you may find that your cat soon looks forward to going for walks on the harness.

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.

Leashes
While some cat harnesses come with a leash, others let you select your own. When choosing a leash for your cat it is important to remember that your cat is fairly small compared. As a result, you will want to select a leash that is fairly narrow and light-weight. Most cat leashes are made of nylon in a variety of colors and patterns.

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.