uncollar'd cats, straying free
November 11, 2006 8:19 PM Subscribe
A question about a cat who always loses his collar.
posted by baklavabaklava to pets & animals (16 answers total)
I have an outdoor cat who loses his collar about once a month. He brushes against something, he scratches his neck, and off it goes. Usually I can't find it again.
At this rate, he goes through about ten collars a year. Mostly they are the 'cat-safe' kind that give way at the slightest pressure. But when I put on regular buckle collars, everyone chastises me, saying I'm effectively condemning him to death by hanging (which seems unlikely to me). Anyway, he gets those off no problem, too. Finally, I started smearing crazy glue all over the buckle or snap, which seems to hold a little longer, though the only way to take it off is by cutting it off. And the glue grows brittle soon enough due to the cat's rough, rugged, outdoorsy nature.
He is not microchipped, and I know I should do that, but I'm looking for a way of signaling that he has a family and is not a stray. My dream come true would be that he could even have a tag, but I can't visit the engravers' ten times a year.