Cat collar tags
You might think of collar tags as being only for dogs - but if your cat has access to the outdoors, then a form of ID can be a literal lifesaver. Cat collar tags are a quick and easy way to give you peace of mind, and keep your pet safe.
Why do you need a cat collar tag?
It's a fact of life that outdoor cats can get lost. Although felines are famous for their excellent homing instinct, there are times when they may need some help. This is particularly true if you've moved house or rehomed a pet. Even if you haven't, a lost cat may be physically unable to get home, due to an injury, confusion, or a fright that has left your poor pet stranded.
A cat collar tag is a harmless and easy way of providing a helping hand if your furry friend does go missing. The person who finds your cat will be able to get in touch with you and arrange a safe return.
My cat is skittish and doesn't like strangers. Will a cat ID tag still help?
It certainly will. If a person sees a strange cat in the neighbourhood, they might assume that it's a stray. However, if they see that it's wearing a collar, they'll know that it has a home to go to. The knowledge that the animal is a much-loved pet, and not a street cat, makes people more likely to keep an eye on it, and help if needed.
Should an indoor cat wear a cat collar tag?
While your cat may have no access to the outdoors, it's still worth getting a collar tag. Cats can be incredibly fast and tricky to handle, and if your pet runs out the front door while you're distracted, a collar tag will certainly help.
If you live in a block of flats, it's definitely a good idea to get a cat collar tag. Your cat may get lost within the building. Although your neighbours could recognise your pet, they might not know which flat it lives in.
What type of cat ID tags are available?
It's important to get a cat ID tag made of a sturdy, durable metal that will last for a long time and won't corrode.
We offer cat collar tags made of aluminium, brass, nickel-plated steel, gold plate and silver plate. Our bespoke tags can be coloured for a customised look, and different shapes are available. All of our tags are harmless for your pet, and feature softly rounded edges to ensure that they won't cut or rub against your cat's delicate skin.
Choose any kind of colour or special finish that you prefer - after all, this is your chance to personalise your pet's tag. Do you want a glittery or colourful collar tag, or would you rather keep it classic with a metal finish? Whatever you choose, our collar tags are deeply engraved to ensure that your information remains readable, even if your cat has been going on an adventure.
What information should go on a cat collar tag?
Cat collar tags are smaller than dog tags, for the simple reason that cats are smaller than dogs. An oversized tag might cause your cat some discomfort, so it's better to keep it an appropriate size for the animal.
Because of their smaller size, there is not usually room on a cat tag for your address. We recommend putting your contact number. A mobile number might be best, so you are always reachable.
You can also put a name on your cat collar tag. You may be aware that dog ID tags should not include your dog's name, as they make it easier for thieves to target your pet. However, cats are not usually as responsive as canines, and may be suspicious of strangers even if the stranger knows their name. If this is the case, then you might feel comfortable putting your cat's name on the ID tag.
If not, it's a good idea to put your surname or, if there's enough space, your complete name. Putting some kind of name on your cat collar tag is unquestionably a good idea. If people see your Missing Cat poster around town, they'll be more likely to connect your pet with it if they see the collar tag with a name.
What sort of collar should your cat wear?
A cat collar should always have some kind of elastic material to it. This is not necessary for dogs, but for cats it's essential that their collar can stretch. Cats are adventurous creatures, and as they're exploring, they might get their collar caught on something. If it can't stretch, they could end up injuring themselves or even suffocating. To be on the safe side, choose an elasticated collar. Just make sure it fits well enough that your cat can't get it off with its paws.
How can you get your cat used to wearing a collar?
This may be the hardest part of cat collar tags! Cats are mysterious creatures, and some take instantly to wearing a collar, but many resist.
Of course, it will be easier to get your cat used to wearing a collar when they're a kitten. However, if it's too late for that, here are some tips to make your pet comfortable.
First, choose the right moment to put the collar on. This could be when your cat is cuddling with you, so that it is calm, or when it's eating, as it will be distracted.
You may wish to let your cat examine the collar and give it a good sniff first. Try rubbing the collar against the cat's bed or brushing it with your pet brush, so that it smells familiar.
Start by putting the collar on for a few minutes at a time. Once it's on, distract your cat with a favourite toy or a brushing session. Over time, your cat will get more and more used to wearing it.
Check your cat's collar regularly to ensure that it still fits correctly, especially if your cat has gained or lost weight.
Order your cat ID tags today from Bespoke Pet Tags and benefit from free postage. Our quality tags aren't cheap copies, so you can be certain you're buying a tag which will last for years to come.