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Q: What kind of collar would you use on a small kitten?

January 24, 2009 | By Missy | 8 answers | Expired: 2141 days ago

Missy

My kitten is only 8 weeks old. I would like to start training him to use a collar. I tried one with a cute little bell on it, but he takes it off and thinks it's a new toy. I decided to put the collar away for now. Any suggestions?

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Pam P.
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Jan 27, 2009

I would say the harness (I call it the figure 8) type but please don't leave it on while no one is home. I have heard of dogs and cats getting caught on something and choking. A cat can jump off something and accidentally get hooked and end up choking. I don't know if the break away comes in the harness style.

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Ralph M.
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Jan 25, 2009

A harness would be helpful when you take your kitten outdoors for a walk. You can take it off indoors. I hope you don't leave your kitten out by himself. It's harder to get off and safer for your kitten.

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cindy-lou J.
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Jan 25, 2009

only collar I feel is safe is the break a way type. I had a bad experience once with one of my cats getting caught as a kitten and thank goodness the collar did break apart

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Linda H.
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Jan 24, 2009

You may want to try a small harness. This will also be gentle on kitty's trachea and not harm the neck. Hope this helps.

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Heatherzopff
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Jan 24, 2009

you might have to wait till the kitty gets a little bigger, i have never had luck with collars on kittens till they are older than 6 months. when you do get one, i would deff get one of the safe snap ones that will break away if the kitty get stuck on something.

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Amanda C.
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Jan 24, 2009

I had a kitten once and to get a collar for her because she was SO tiny (I think she was the runt) we had to wait to get one. But, someone made us a collar out of that stretchy string and beads, and she didn't mind. Also, when you're putting a collar on an animal make sure you use the "Two finger rule." That's when you have to place two fingers between the collar and neck of the pet for size.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 24, 2009

Personally, I have never had real good luck with a collar. A couple of years ago my neighbor gave me a harness and leash. The harnesses are harder for them to get off and won't choke like a regular collar would should you choose to attach the leash and take them outdoors. I must be honest though, I've never seen a cat who likes a collar period, at least none of mine anyway. I hope this gives you a little food for thought!

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Pam
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Pam

Jan 24, 2009

I find a collar with a bell or even a tag on it bothers cats cause they can hear and fell it move. I would get a tag from Boomerang pet tags online, they are great, and you can get the kind that slips on the collar and doesn't even hang down...great for cats or really any pet. But for now, just have her/him wear the collar wtih no tag..after all, you aren't going to be letting your kitten out to get lost! Goodluck. Boomerang has great lightweight plastic tags and the kind that slip flush on the collar...good place to shop!

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