How to Collar Even the Craftiest Cat

By: Mary Pat Baldauf

Cats. I love ‘em. I have two, both rescues. Baghera is a three-year-old black cat who literally picked ME out at the City of Columbia Animal Services Division. Mowgli is a beautiful tabby kitten I got from our vet’s office, Four Paws Animal Clinic, in May. Both are Beastie Bandsadorable, loving cats, but I haven’t been able to keep a collar on either of them – that is, until I discovered Beastie Bands, a modern day miracle.

Both Mowgli and Baghera are indoor cats. They like to lounge on my screened-in back porch, where they watch birds and catch lizards, but their home is inside. Ideally, they don’t even need collars. But Baghera once reigned over a mobile home park, and she occasionally likes to slip out the back door and experience life in the wild again. To be on the safe side, I bought tags and collars for both cats.

I’ve tried many a collar on these two, and nothing stays on more than 24 hours. Not only do they get the collars off, they hide them so well that they are never to be seen again. Both cats are micro chipped, and while I would prefer them to have a collar, I eventually resigned myself to having collarless cats.

As is so often the case, once I quit fighting the issue, it resolved itself. While picking up the cats from boarding at The Cat Clinic, I noticed some thin, colorful collars called Beastie Bands. Made from thin Neoprene similar to a Koozie, I saw that the Beastie Bands were quite light and attached with Velcro instead of a buckle or clip. They were pretty inexpensive, less than $6 each, so I decided to give them a try. And four weeks later, both cats are still sporting their Beastie Bands.

According to the manufacturer, Beastie Bands are designed exclusively for cats. Soft and comfortable, the collars stretch along their entire length for safety and are so soft and lightweight that they stay on virtually all cats. Beastie Bands’ unique cut-to-fit feature allows them to fit any cat – from a kitten to the biggest tomcat! They also feature a grommet for easy id tag attachment.

The only downside that I’ve found with Beastie Bands? Choosing one! They come in a wide variety of colors and designs, so it’s hard to decide which one to get. I finally settled on Tribal Tattoo for Baghera and Devil Cat for Mowgli.

In closing, please know that as a blogger, I don’t do personal reviews. But after finally finding a collar that I could keep on my cats, I thought some of you may be interested in my experience. I haven’t received any compensation from Beastie Bands; I just love their product. If you have a cat that’s hard to collar, I suggest that you give it a try. It was a game changer for the Baldauf cats!

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