Personalized breakaway cat collars are gaining in popularity every year. A gift for your cat is all the more special when it has a personal touch, for example by having the name or birthday of your pet engraved into the product. But how do you find the best personalized collar for your cat? We compared a few of these interesting products to help you decide. Read on to discover which collar will suit your kitty best!
Top 3 collars
Buyers guide: what to look for in a cat collar
Despite what some people say, a solid collar is one of the best possible investments you could make towards your cat’s future safety. You may think your pet loves you so much, she would never leave your side, right!?
But no matter the sentiments, cats are very adventurous animals by nature. They are known to wander off for extended times. In these situations, you will certainly not regret having bought a collar with a personal ID engraving or tag, as the chance of retrieving your pet will be much higher.
But how do you figure out if a collar is worth your money or if it’s best left on the shelf of the store? That is the question set out to answer in the remainder of this article. The following is a list of things to check when buying a collar for your cat, sorted by order of importance. We chose our top 3 products based on the fact that they score really well in some of these key areas:
1. Secure fit
If you ask us, the single most important aspect of any collar (whether it’s for cats, dogs, or any other animal for that matter) is whether it can be securely attached around the neck of your pet. The major takeaway here is that you have to take your cat’s neck measurements and see if they match the collar first. If you find that measurements align, ensure that there is a decent amount of stretch in the material. Another thing to pay attention to is the quality of the buckling mechanism that is used to secure a collar.
2. Breakaway part
A breakaway collar has a part in the strap that is designed to come undone when too much force is exerted on the collar. This usually occurs whenever the collar gets snagged on a tree branch, fence, or any other object that is sharp and sticking out.
Traditional collars could lead to a pet hanging themselves or suffocating in these situations. But the breakaway cat collar is a great solution; it does a perfect job preventing your pet from trapping themselves.
Cat collars with a breakaway may be a bit more expensive, but the additional safety makes it a worthwhile purchase. We highly recommend picking a cat collar with a breakaway part. The benefits could potentially save you a lot of trouble and heartache in the future.
3. Materials used
A collar is a product that is expected to last at least a few years before it has to be replaced. You certainly don’t expect a brand new cat collar to tear or snap after just a few months. One of the major factors that determine the durability of a collar is the type of material used in the strap.
The strap can be made from a variety of materials; leather and nylon webbing are the most common. Less commonly used materials include metal, polyesters, and vinyl woven with cotton.
Some of the most durable & comfortable (and also more expensive) materials are leather & nylon fabric. These premium materials might be more expensive, but the positive side is that they should last you at least 2 years before wear and tear really start to set in.
4. Is it comfortable?
Since your cat will (hopefully!) wear this product for a good portion of her life, a good collar should be reasonably soft and comfortable on the inside of the strap. This mostly comes down to the material that producers choose when designing their product; softer fabrics cause less friction, and are therefore a lot more comfortable to a cat compared to rough ones.
Again, the more expensive materials are worth investing in. Leather and nylon are most comfortable.
5. Bell attachment
Many collars come with a bell attachment designed to produce sound, and some of the bells are pretty big. A large bell may seem like a fun and useful addition at first: you never lose track of your cat. But trust us when we say, that after a few weeks the sound can get pretty tiresome. Your cat will probably not be super happy about becoming a walking orchestra either.
If you want to pick up a personalized collar with a bell, we suggest you stick to smaller bell attachments and preferably go with a product that allows for easy detachment.
Personalized breakaway cat collars reviewed
We tested a few collars ourselves for this article. Read on to find our reviews:
1. GoTags Personalized Nylon Reflective Breakaway Cat Collar with Bell (8 to 13-inch neck)
Our favorite personalized cat item is the nylon reflective engravable collar from GoTags. It hits every mark and is made from a very durable nylon material that is non-snagging and will last for years.
You can easily customize the product by providing up to 21 characters (including spaces) with your order, which will be engraved into the collar. 21 characters provide enough space for a name and telephone number to call in case your pet went missing.
Some more premium features on this collar: a breakaway part for extra safety, reflective properties that make it easier to locate your cat in the dark, and it comes with a detachable bell that can potentially warn other animals when your cat is out hunting.
- The nylon material is both soft and super durable
- Breakaway part for extra safety
- Engrave with up to 21 characters
- Removeable bell attachment
- Comes in five pretty colors: black, orange, red, blue and pink.