I don't know if the Denver Shelter still refuses to check for chips or not. Just about everyone around here uses Home Again anyway and I think that their scanner scans all brands. But I don't think they know much at the Denver Shelter anyway. When I was being blackmailed when my dogs were puppies (nurse trying to get everyone she could on anti-depressant meds so she could get a kickback, I think, was trying to get me on them though she was supposed to only be treating my mother), she had them come take my dogs away and they said one was a Collie who was an Aussie Shep. They don't even look alike. I wouldn't trust them near my cat.
I don't think Orzo is so much freaked out wearing the collar, but catches it when he scratches. If I put it back on he will take it off, though, because he likes to tear things apart if he can and that is something he tries to tear apart. He was also trying it on my watch the other day, even though I was wearing my watch. Maybe that habit of his is why I can't find my blood pressure machine.
] They say collars on outdoor cats are very dangerous because of getting hung-up on ] something...
That's why people have been talking about breakaway collars. The entire point of the things is that if the cat gets hung up on something, its weight will break the collar so the animal doesn't strangle itself.
As for the Denver shelter, they're jerks. There are scanners that can read multiple types of chips, so they don't need one for every company out there. In Philadelphia, Animal Control, the local SPCA, and at least one other shelter all use the same microchip company. When my cat, Gillian, went missing, the SPCA wanted me to give them her chip number. Her chip was from a different company.
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My old outdoor cat loses every breakaway collar I fit him with so stopped there but,my indoor part lynx female always wears hers. She is tagged also but this collar is the only decent breakaway collar I have found. At night I remove it. Another kitty we have a small calico(indoor) also goes into a panic like member below stated and we've stopped trying to put one on her. My lynx mix actually likes her bell pink collar and sits every morning to wear it. :)
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I have two indoor cats and I would love to put a collar on them. But, years ago I did put a collar on my kitten and it got it's lower jaw/teeth caught in the collar and went into a panic. I was so scared, I never put a collar on my cats again - and I have 3 collars in the drawer wanting to try again. LOL They say collars on outdoor cats are very dangerous because of getting hung-up on something...
I am kkeeping Orzo inside, though he would definitely like to go outside. I will not let him out around here because we are getting more and more wild animals in the neighborhood (in the city, not even the suburbs anymore). The coyotes around the Denver area are even attacking large dogs, not just the small ones and cats. They haven't hit the large dogs in this neighborhood, but I would not trust letting a cat outside. The collar is just in case he runs past me like April used to.
My cat is strictly an indoor cat. He does not wear a collar. At 18 years he doesn't adjust well, and until recently was fairly large. Although for some reasons it might be a good idea, his comfort is most important to me now. He was a rescue cat, and has never had one that I am aware.
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I have one cat that doesn't mind collars so he has a breakaway collar. My other cat hates collars so a breakaway collar is out of the question. He takes them off like nothing. I can't even put one on that has a plastic clasp he takes them right off. I had to get him the kind with a buckle so he can't get it off. He doesn't go outside so I don't really worry about him needing one.
My two cats with a micro chip aren't wearing collars. They kept taking them off by pulling at the id tags and popping them open. Shadow could get it off before I could turn and walk away. I won't put a collar on that isn't breakaway after my sisters cat almost hung himself with a non-breakaway collar. My elderly cat, who is not micro chipped, is content to wear a collar.
Most all the vets do have the scanner. Dumb Friends obviously has the scanner. But the Denver shelter, at least at that time, said it wasn't worth it. They said they had to have too many scanners in order to scan the chips and that they would not do it. They don't help people find their pets but require all pets to have rabies tags and licenses (supposedly the license is so they can find owners, but they don't call them anyway). Anyway, he has a chip. In this neighborhood I think people are more likely to try to find the owner before they take a dog or cat down to the shelter and the collar tag would definitely help with that. It is mostly a dog neighborhood, but also there are cats. We are a neighborhood of animal lovers for the most part.
I guess it's debatable. If you can keep the collar on, it doesn't matter if there's a microchip, but I've been at the vet when someone brought a dog in that they found to have it scanned. The vet tech just ran it back, scanned it, and called the person while I was there waiting.
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I got Orzo one of those break-away collars and a tag with his name and my phone number so just in case he sneaks out someone could get him back to me. It is also required if you adopt from Dumb Friends. He took it off about a half hour after I put it on him. I guess he just stuck his paw through and pulled and the fastener came apart. So I put the one from Dumb Friends back on him and later put his new one back on. he took the Dumb Friends one off last night. So far he has the new one on still. Is there any way to get these so they will stay on unless they actually have to break away? I will be looking all over trying to find it if he takes the collar off again, especially the way he runs through the house.
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