Is it time to get a new personalised pet tag for your cat or dog?
You should replace your dog’s or cat’s pet tag when….
You get a new phone number – If you change your phone number, you’ll need to get a new pet tag for your cats and dogs. It’s best to list your cell phone number, so you can be contacted anywhere and everywhere.
You move to a new home – It’s important for your pet’s tag to have a current address.
You take your pet on vacation – Make up a new pet tag with your travel information.
Your pet’s tag becomes faded or difficult to read – Pet tags don’t last forever, especially when you have multiple tags on the collar, as they tend to rub together. Check your pet’s tag periodically to ensure it’s still easy to read the information.
Your pet develops diabetes or another serious condition – If your pet requires daily medication to survive, you must make up a medical alert tag of sorts. Many pet owners will also place a few days’ worth of pills in a small, waterproof vial which can be affixed to the pet’s collar.
A new collar can also serve as grounds for a new pet tag, as you want your dog or cat to coordinate!
With these tips, you’ll maximise your chances of bringing your dog or cat home of they ever get lost!
Does your dog try to pull his head out of the collar when you try to go for a walk on a leash?
Many dogs are very sensitive to the sensation of pressure that is applied to the neck by the collar; this pressure is pronounced while walking on-leash.
For these pets, try a harness instead. This eliminates discomfort due to the pressure on the dog’s neck.
Harnesses have an area for affixing your pet’s tags, so they’re a nice alternative to collars.
And harnesses are great for walking on-leash, as they evenly distribute pressure across the dog’s rib cage and torso, rather than his neck. This makes harnesses especially good for pets who tend to pull when they get excited on-leash. Intense pulling and jerks can cause serious injuries to the dog’s neck muscles and nerves. Horner’s syndrome is an example of one condition that can arise from an injury to the pet’s neck while on leash.
Another bonus? Even if the leash or harness becomes compromised and breaks, the dog will still be wearing his collar with his ID tags, making it even more likely that he’ll find his way home quickly!
A collar with a current personalised pet tag is great, but a missing poster will help bring your pet home even faster, since other pet lovers will be on the lookout in the event that they spot your pet wandering around the neighborhood.
Your lost posters should include:
- large lettering that says “LOST CAT” or “LOST DOG,” visible from a distance of 20 feet.
- The pet’s photo.
- The pet’s name
- A description of the pet’s general appearance.
- Your phone number.
List the name that you actually use to call the pet. If your pet’s “real” name is Madison, but you call her “Madi”, list “Madi” as her name on the poster, as your pet needs to respond if someone calls her!
Also, keep one specific, identifying mark or trait private. You can use this information to confirm that a caller has found your pet.
Print at least 20 posters per pet. Place the posters in plastic sheet protectors and use duct tape to tape the opening closed. This will protect the poster from the elements. If you must place the poster up on a thin pole that’s narrower than the width of the poster, place a piece of cardboard behind the poster (inside the plastic sleeve) so it doesn’t flop over.
Missing posters will help bring your pet home quickly! And you won’t waste valuable time making posters when you should be searching for your pet!
So you’ve bought a beautiful new cat collar and personalized pet tags for your cat.
But you can’t seem to get your cat to wear it! Every time you put on her collar, she squirms, paws at her neck, runs in circles and even seems to pout! Or worse? You keep finding the breakaway collar ditched at various locations throughout the house!
This isn’t an uncommon dilemma among cat owners and while it can be tempting to give in, it’s important that your cat wears a collar so she has identification in the event she gets lost. So how do you get your cat to wear a collar? Consider the following tricks:
- Start as young as possible. Kittens tend to be much less resistant to wearing a collar. – Put the collar on for short periods of time while you’re interacting with the cat, playing, offering a treat or taking part in another activity that can serve to distract your kitty. This takes the cat’s mind off the collar; once they forget about the collar, they’ll often carry on with their normal activities
- Start without pet tags. These can serve to remind the cat that he’s wearing the collar, causing him to mess with it. So wait until the cat is accustomed to the collar before you put on the pet tags.
- Remove the bell. Bells are ideal for outdoor cats, as they warn potential prey items like birds and small animals of the cat’s presence. But they can make the collar adjustment process difficult. So temporarily remove the bell (or remove it permanently – indoor cats don’t really need a collar bell.)
- Opt for a stretch collar instead of a breakaway closure while your cat’s getting accustomed to the collar. Breakaway closures simply pull open when enough force is applied, so once they’ve learned how to get it off, it can be difficult to get your cat to keep its collar on! Instead, opt for a cat collar with a stretchy elastic segment. This too breaks if the cat gets hung up, but it’s not as easy for the cat to remove it on her own.
With these tips, your kitty will be collar-friendly in no time!
It’s time to get a new collar for your pet, but how do you pick out a collar that’s right for your pet? You’ll want to consider the following points.
Firstly, select a collar material that’s right for your pet’s lifestyle. Nylon collars are a perennial favourite and for good reason, as they’re extremely durable and versatile. They typically do well with a wide range of coat types and they’re also suitable for sensitive skin.
Leather collars are favoured by some pet owners, but it’s important to note that these can take years to “break in” and until that occurs, the hard edges can damage the pet’s skin and coat. With time, the leather softens, but in the interim, they can be rather uncomfortable, so they’re not ideal for short-coated breeds with sensitive skin or long-coated breeds with a fragile coat.
Metal link collars are favoured for training purposes, but these should not be left on the pet for an extended period of time due to the risk of choking.
It’s important to avoid using traditional buckle closure collars on extremely active pets, as they have a tendency of unbuckling with lots of activity.
When you’re putting on your pet’s collar, be careful to avoid making it too tight or too lose. It should not pull up and over the dog’s head with ease, but you should be able to easily slide two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck.