CatBibs and collars are a balance of safety and effectiveness. The CatBib will not be effective if the cat loses the CatBib. Cat owners want both a safe collar, which the cat can get out of if it gets caught on something, but are not happy when the cat loses a collar with ID tags and the CatBib too.
The CatBib should only be used with a safety collar which will release the cat's head in the event that either the collar or the CatBib become snagged. The safety collar we prefer is the type with a short length of elastic. The elastic insert will stretch if the cat gets caught on something, and allow the cat to slip out of the collar, but it does not completely release as the plastic-snap breakaway collars do.
We like the Kitty Clip collar, a safety collar, NOT a breakaway collar.
In response to requests from customers we now sell them online for $9 each.
See collar photos to the right.
The Kitty Clip collars are considered a safety collar because they have a short piece of elastic in the collar. If the collar gets caught on something, it will stretch and the cat can pull its head out of the collar. It is NOT a breakaway collar. The plastic release, shown in the photos, can only be undone by the cat owner. We like its quality, it's made in Canada and we import them. CatBib in the U.S.A. has sold several hundred with very few complaints from cat owners. Many bibs are lost using breakaway collars. This Kitty Clip collar has solved two problems 1) Safety and 2) It stays on the cat.
The collars I don't personally like are the fully elasticated type. The issue with all collars is that the cat can get a paw through and its leg can become trapped. I think that with the fully elastic type the collar may more easily slide right up the front leg to lie in the axilla (armpit) where it can cause severe pressure sores quite quickly. I have seen several such injuries, and most involved fully elastic collars.
A university study of collar injuries to cats was published recently:
Assessing the safety of collars used to attach predation deterrent devices
and ID tags to pet cats.
Animal Welfare 2013, 22: 95-105
MC Calver, G Adams, W Clark and KH Pollock
We will provide a link to enable viewing of the full paper when it becomes available.
The researchers found that the incidence of collar related injuries requiring veterinary attention was low but was unable to find sufficient evidence to endorse any particular type of collar. It also made the following observation:
"Checking collars frequently for fit and wear and adjusting or replacing them as necessary can reduce the chances of collar incidents. While risk from wearing a collar cannot be eliminated, it is far less than that arising from road accidents or fighting. A collar with an ID tag improves the chances of recovering a lost cat, while the collar is also a convenient attachment for one of the proven predation deterrent devices on the market".
Once you have decided what type of collar to purchase and if your cat has never worn a collar before, let the cat get used to wearing a collar for several days, before attaching a CatBib to it as well. Surprisingly most cats are not affected by putting a CatBib on their collar.
CatBibs have the potential to save millions of birds,
if only more people knew about them.