I live in the city and my cat is a 100% inside cat. She is not allowed outside. Now, I have never had a collar on her before, nor had her microchipped. However, now I am afraid.
I do have a dog who is registered, has two tags on, AND a microchip. I recently realized the inconsistancy of having the dog covered three times over and then nothing to identify the cat if she were to get out.
So.... what is most effective for a cat if she gets out?
I would think people in a city would be less likely to actually reach out to the cat, unless it had on a collar and looked really friendly and loved.
Opinions? If you tell me I have to get her a collar, please also tell me how I convince my kitty to wear it.
My cat is also completely indoors, never set a paw outside in his life! When we first got him, we had him wear a collar, just to be safe. We got him a breakaway collar, and it kept coming off, on furniture, doorknobs, the shower rod(!), etc. He was without it a lot because it kept coming off, and we started worrying because what if the breakaway mechanism didn't work sometime? So, no collar anymore. My dog is the same as yours, protected three times over.
I can't say this course of action is the most reponsible, but, hey, works for us. :-)
I use either a breakaway or stretchy collar on my cat. It has his ID tag and rabies tag on it. I use it just in case he gets out and also cuz he looks cute in them.
I haven't had a problem with the breakaway collar falling off. And every so often i'll hold onto his collar and let him struggle out of it, just so he knows he can and so I can test the sensitivity of the breakaway mechanism. no problems so far.
When I had a cat I never used a collar on her because I don't think animals like it very much. But if it makes you feel safer then put a collar on her. Does your cat try to sneak out or something? Many cats are allowed outdoors so some people don't bother calling the number on the tag. If it says INDOOR CAT ONLY then people would know she is lost.