THE RSPCA is encouraging cat owners to ensure that their pets’ collars are of the quick-release type which snap open if caught in something following the collection of a cat with a nasty collar injury.
Inspector Nicky Foster received a call about the cat last week which was found in Meadow Road, Rugby.
The black cat’s front right leg was caught in the collar with the collar becoming embedded behind her shoulder and into her armpit.
The cat’s injuries suggest that she had been in this distressing state for some time. Now recovering at vets, the cat is not microchipped nor did she have a name tag on the collar.
“This incident serves as an important reminder to cat owners to only use quick release collars on their pets as other collars can be lethal”, said inspector Foster. “All too often we get called to cats that have become injured due to a collar as there are too many dangerous collars on sale. We would advise against purchasing a collar with buckles that don’t snap open, or collars made from elastic.
“The majority of flea collars are also not advisable as they do not have safety buckles, so we would encourage pet owners to prioritise safety first and give your cat flea treatment another way.
“Cats are natural hunters and curious explorers that enjoying climbing trees or pushing through tight spots and for these reasons it is imperative that any collar is designed to free the cat should they become snagged during their adventures.
“Just as in this case, if the collar gets caught on something, the cat may often try to free itself by using its foot and then in turn gets its leg stuck with the collar ending up under the cat’s armpit causing painful injury. It is far better to have to pay for a new collar if your pet has lost theirs than to have to pay for urgent veterinary treatment when your pet becomes injured due to its collar.
“I am frustrated that I cannot return this cat to her owner as although she was wearing a collar it had no name tag on it and sadly she is not chipped. Microchipping is the best way of ensuring you are reunited with a missing pet and I would urge all pet owners to please get their animals chipped. Even if your cat is a house cat it is still worth every penny. The peace of mind is priceless.”
If you recognise the cat, please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 leaving a message for inspector Nicky Foster.