Cat and Dog Collars – Collar Basics

Before purchasing a collar for your pet dog or cat, you should carefully consider the purpose of this purchase. Many kinds of collars are designed for a specific use and should not be confused with an everyday collar used for a walk in the park or a decorative collar designed for eye appeal. Collars used for behavioral control such as excessive barking, or obedience collars such as choke collars are only used for limited time periods and are never to be used as a general purpose collar. Among the so-called every day collars popular with pet owners are:

Break-Away Collars :

These collars have a built-in safety first feature that is particularly useful for cat owners who wish to collar their pets, but want a safe method of release in the event the collar gets done on some object. The break-away collar is fitted with a fastener that easily pulls apart when pressured by the cat's weight, thus preventing the collar from becoming a choking hazard.

Leather Collars :

Simply a flat, belt-like strap with an adjustable buckle and leash ring attachment. These collars do not tighten on the animal's neck when the leash is dropped taut. The leather should be of good quality with a sturdy buckle. Rolled leather collars are less apt to chafe in comparison to flat leather collars.

Decorative Collars :

Decorative collars for dogs and cats are hugely popular with pet owners who enjoy seeing their canine or feline companions "dressed up" so to speak, and looking their finest. These collars come in myriad designs and styles and can range in composition from fancy sequins to Swarovski Crystal, rhinestones, faux fur, etc. For example, beaded pet collar necklaces of hand-cut and polished crystal beads, nickel or brass studded or faux fur collars, and collars decorated with pearls and rhinestones have proven quite popular. It should be noted however, that certain of these decorative collars are strictly for adornment only, and are never to be used as a restraint or attachment to a leash.

Personalized Pet Collars :

These are collars that can be useful in identifying a lost animal or just as a novelty to display you pet's name. Made of leather, nylon or flat rubber cord, among other composites, the animals name can be displayed in cut-out rhinestone adorned letters, or the collar can be imprinted with name, phone number, etc. These collars can be used for everyday wear.

Pet Collar Warning

Knowing what you are looking for before making a collar purchase is very important, but just as important as the selection of the collar, is the proper fit of the collar. Improperly fit collars may injure or maim your beloved pet, so always follow the two finger rule, which means two fingers should be able to fit under the collar without too much difficulty.