Cat Collar Safety

Written by erin monagan
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Cat Collar Safety
Safety collars cankeep your cat safe and happy. (black cat image by Harvey Hudson from

Putting a safety collar on your cat is one of the best ways to guarantee a safe life for both indoor and outdoor cats. There are many options for collars.

Breakaway Collars

One of the most popular options for a cat collar is the breakaway collar. This collar is made of nylon material but does not stretch. Instead, a small clasp breaks apart if there is an added amount of pressure on the collar. If your cat's collar should get snagged by a branch, for example, a breakaway collar will guarantee that he can get free.

Cat Collar Safety
The breakaway collar is only slightly more expensive than buckle collars. (curious cat image by Janet Wall from

Elastic Collars

Another option for a safety cat collar is the elastic collar. This collar is also usually made with nylon but usually has a metal buckle. Part of the collar is made with stretchable elastic. If your cat gets pinned by a predator or is caught on a fence, the elastic band allows the collar to widen so your cat can easily wiggle free.

LED Lights

Safety collars have other purposes besides allowing your cat to free herself from a trap. When your cat is out at night, attachable LED lights make your cat visible, providing protection from cars, bikers and hunters. The light blinks rapidly so your cat can be seen even when hiding in the bushes. LED lights come in a variety of colours.

Cat Collar Safety
Flashing LED lights are easy to spot in the dark. (Cat in lights image by Matt Ferrell from

Collar Colors

While you may prefer a decorative or designer collar, it's the bright and reflective colours like neon orange and green that may save your cat from danger. Some collars are available with glow-in-the-dark and reflective prints as well. This feature is important if you live in an area where hunting is allowed.


An ID tag with your cat's name, your name and a phone number is vital for the safe return of your cat. Tags come in many shapes and can usually be engraved at pet stores. If your cat rebels against having something hanging from his collar, you can order a collar with identifying information stitched into it.

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