By Marisa Valent-Altland and Kirsten Gay
Just as we carry identification in our purses and wallets to help us navigate our human lives, an ID is imperative to a cat’s safety. With an ID collar, your cat has a better chance of safely and quickly returning home.
Now you may be asking, does my cat need a collar if they have a microchip? The answer is yes! A collar is an important part of your pet’s identification system. While a microchip needs to be scanned by a Veterinarian, Shelter, or Animal Rescue group, a collar and ID is easily visible and can get your contact information to a rescuer quickly.
Even indoor cats should have a collar and ID. If they get out of the house, a well-meaning Samaritan might think they are stray and take them to a shelter. If your cat has a registered microchip, it will still make its way home to you, but an ID will help to make the process much faster.
Cats should always be wearing a breakaway collar. Also called quick-release collars, these collars are designed to snap open when tugged with sufficient force. In the case your cat gets stuck on something, they would be able to pull themselves free.
For more information on collars and IDs, check out these blog posts:
Petfinder: Why Should My Cat Wear a Collar and Tag?
American * Humane article: Choosing a Cat Collar
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