Keeping Your Kitten Safe: Collar, ID Tags & Microchips

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Collar

Your kitten's first collar should be a safety collar made for cats that will pull away easily in case the collar gets snagged. It should fit with enough slack to get two fingers in between the collar and neck, but not loosely enough to slide over their head. Be sure to check the size every few days while your kitten is growing.

You can help your kitten get used to their collar by initially only putting it on for short periods. If they seem uncomfortable or struggle and scratches at it, don't be concerned; it should only take a few days for your kitten to get used to having it on. When they begin to ignore it, you can leave the collar on all the time.

Identification

Remember that your kitten can easily get lost, especially during the early weeks, so it's important that you attach an identification tag to the collar. This tag should include your kitten’s name and your contact information.

You can further help to identify your kitten if they get lost or is stolen by getting a microchip implant. A microchip implant is an effective and easy way of linking your kitten to you. It involves a simple insertion of a tiny integrated circuit the size of a grain of rice under your pet's skin where it can't be seen, but can be read by an RFID scanner. The scanners allow animal shelters and animal control centres to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners.

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