Cat collars are more than just ornamental. With the right ID tag, or even with your phone number embroidered into the collar, they can be a real life saver should your cat ever get lost. They also make it easier for people to identify your cat as a lost cat, rather than a feral. It could mean the difference between straying further away and being returned home safely. The aesthetic aspects are welcome as well, as many of us find the image of a collared cat quite endearing.

While doing my research for this article, I checked what cat collars related terms do people search for on the internet. If we ignore "cat shock collar" which unfortunately came up first, the top results all dealt with feline fashion, including phrases such as "rhinestone cat collar", "Louis Vuitton cat collar", "leather cat collar", "embroidered cat collars" and similar items. The word safety didn't show up until the twelfth result.

Yet, when shopping for a cat collar, safety should be your first consideration. Cats love climbing up furniture and crawling through narrow passages. Cats that are allowed outdoors can put themselves at even greater risk because you can never cat-proof your entire neighborhood to make sure your cat stays out of trouble. Think about this likely scenario: Your cat climbs on a shelf with some pegs under it, slips while jumping off it and its collar gets caught in a peg. It is up to you to make sure Kitty is wearing a safe cat collar to save her from hanging.

There are two types of safety cat collars –

Elastic cat collars are made of stretchy material that allows them to grow larger as the cat pushes against a collar that is caught in something. The cat can wriggle its head out of the collar that way and break free.

Breakaway collars have a special clasp that breaks open when enough pressure is applied. The body weight of a cat caught up against a peg should be enough to make the collar break open and let the cat fall freely and safely to the ground.

Cats come in various sizes, so make sure you get the right collar size for yours. The best way to find what size your feline companion requires is by measuring the girth of the neck and then adding an inch to that to make sure that the collar is loose enough. Once you get your cat collar of choice, you can adjust it for an even more precise fit.

Safety cat collars can still be a fashion statement. Dedicated cat collars manufacturers make them in a variety of styles and colors. You can find embroidered safety cat collars, silky safety collars, and ones embedded with rhinestone.

Check out the collars category in our reviews section for even more fashionable and safe cat collars.

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