Busting Myths: “Cats won’t wear collars.”

You've heard it again and again: "Cats won't wear collars." But is it really true? Not according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The research tracked a combination of cats: indoor only, indoor-outdoor, and freeroaming cats, over a six month period to see if they'd tolerate wearing a collar. During the study three-quarters of the cats (72.7%) successfully wore collars. That's good, because a collar along with your pet's identification could save you from a broken heart. Last year only 2-4% of lost cats nationwide were reunited with their families, compared to 15-19% for lost dogs. Of all the beautiful stray cats who come to PAWS every year, most could have been reunited with their guardians with proper identification. But we still hear, "My cat is an indoor cat. Indoor cats don't need identification." That's not always true. Even "indoor cats" can accidentally escape and get lost. Studies show that 40% of lost cats were considered by their owners to be "indoor pets."

So pick out the perfect collar for your kitty, get an easy to read ID tag, (along with a microchip!), and don't let myths separate you from your favorite feline.

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