A few weeks ago I was shopping in my local Poundland and noticed Bob Martin Flea clear spot on and Bob Martin Reflective Flea Collars, I have bought both of these products for my cat(s) many times and am always happy with the results, so I decided to stock up and put a couple of each in my basket. We were mid way through a summer heat wave and my cat was regularly out and about, during such times I find it is even more important to protecting my cat and our home from an unwelcome flea infestation.
Bob Martin is a well known brand which produces affordable pet products which are available in most supermarkets and pet shops, no prescription is needed.
Today I will be reviewing Bob Martins Reflective Flea Collar. The packaging is a cardboard backing and clear plastic partially covering the front so the collar can be seen inside. The cardboard slip shows the brand and product name along with a picture of a cute black cat modelling the collar.
General information is given on the back including directions for use, precautions, warnings, ingredients and contact information, all of which should be read thoroughly before using the product. A batch and use by date are also given, just looking at one of the packaged collars I have shows me that the use by date on this collar is September 2014, so I have a full year to use this.
Each collar contains 456mg (18% w/w) of permethrin (cis:Trans 49:60) which is a pyrethroid.
My cat always wears a collar, partially this is to show he is owned but also so that he can wear a tag. He has a "silver" pendant with his name and phone number on ( well my phone number, my cat doesn't have a mobile yet) this is easily slid onto the collar and doesn't weigh it down.
The collars themselves are available in a variety of different designs, Poundland has glitter gold and glitter silver so I bought one of each. My cat is currently wearing the silver, it looks fab against his black fur and looks really cute. When I first put this collar on my cat I did notice a few stray pieces of glitter about the house and particularly on the sofa where he sleeps, I didn't find this to be a huge problem and they were easy enough to hoover up. He has been wearing the collar for a few weeks now so it is beginning to look a little worn in places and its not as sparkly as it once was.
One of my favourite things about this collar is its reflectiveness, we live on a fairly busy road and Unfortunately my cat isn't the sharpest tool in the shed so I do worry about him while he is out and about. These collars do reflect the light very well though, when I am calling him in at night (yes I am one of those people) I often see his collar coming before I actually see him, I think this makes him more likely to be seen by a driver even in the dark.
As with most cat collars, this one comes with an attached bell, I always take these off. Inevitably they will always come off by themselves anyways and tend to be found in some random place, with small children in my house they are more of a hindrance. The reason for the inclusion of these bells is to warn birds and other creatures that a cat may be coming their way. My cat is a bit useless at preying anyways, over the summer he was picked on by a bird who kept sitting next to him then flying off into a nearby tree and tweeting at him, honestly I am sure it was the same bird that kept coming to our garden just to wind up my cat.
I find that putting the collar on my cat is really easy as he is placid in temperament anyways. Our female cat ( who's no longer with us :( ) was more difficult, my partner would have to hold her whilst I put the collar on, inevitably one of us would end up with a scratch (or ten). She would then be in a grumpy mood for the rest of the day, secretly plotting her revenge no doubt! It is important to ensure two fingers can be placed between the collar and the cats neck, it is extremely dangerous for it to be on too tight and it must be checked on a regular basis in case it need adjusting. It does have a safety buckle, which will easily snap if the collar gets stuck on something. On many occasions my cat has come home without his collar and I have had a few phone calls from neighbours letting me know they have found my cats collar and tag in their garden, so I know from experience that they do come off when they need too. But I cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring the collar is put on properly!
The inside of the collar has a lovely white felt lining, it seems that my cat finds it comfortable enough to wear, he doesn't scowl at me when I am putting a fresh new one on him anyways. The product does not seem to annoy him, nor has it ever caused him any adverse reactions. If any irritation does occur, the collar should be removed immediately and a vet should be consulted.
Over the years I have read quite a lot of negative comments about Bob Martin flea collars, with customers declaring them to be useless or that they simply did not work. More often than not people fail to realise that a flea collar alone is not going to be enough to stop the cycle of a flea. It is worth noting that a female flea can lay approx 40-50 eggs each day, larvae hatch from these eggs within 1-5 days, an infestation can therefore happen extremely quickly. Fleas prefer to live in the comfort of pet hair, but larvae can (and do) survive easily around the house, particularly in the carpet. Flea collars can help to eradicate flea infestation only with the use of other products. Personally I use flea collars to help deter fleas, not to deal with an infestation, I use flea drops (When using any flea collar Bob Martin advise that no other insecticides are used on the cat whilst wearing or within seven days of removal) I also have a regular routine of combing my cats fur with a nit comb. When a cat has fleas it is not enough to simply stick a flea collar on him, the whole house will also need to be thoroughly sprayed with a suitable product. Pets! More expensive than kids!
For the past few weeks whilst my cat has been wearing this collar I haven't noticed any fleas either on him or in my house, but during the warmer months I like to keep on top of flea protection with a combination of various products. I really like these Bob Martin collars and for £1 I think I got a brilliant bargain. I do feel that they help protect my cat against fleas, I also think they help keep my cat safe whilst out at night doing whatever cats do in the wilderness. Plus he looks really fetching whilst wearing them, so its the full five stars from me.
* Please do read the information carefully before using this product on your pet. Those who feel unsure about using Bob Martin products or just want help and advice about flea control can call their care line (0844 748 0108). www.bobmartin.co.uk/
Have just treated my boys to new collars. I use the spot on applications for my main flea control but these as well, so I can't really comment on how effective they are, but despite these and the spot on, last year we had a major problem with fleas and this collar made no difference at all. I noticed that the 2 younger cats were looking well worn and my oldest boy had long since taken his off hence my purchase, but the collar packaging states effective up to 4 months. These collars are for kitten over 12 weeks and cats.
Purchased from Home Bargains, they only cost a few pounds but these are £4.99 on amazon.
There was quite a few collars. Tiger got another black one as it makes him look like he's wearing a bow tie, Crunchie had another gold one as although he's a boy, he doesn't half mince about. They look completed different to us but to the neighbours they just look like twins and therefore decided not to confuse everyone and went with the same colours again. Last time our big boy got a red one but I chose a blue one for a change, as no one would mistake his swelte figure. We have in the past had the glittery shiny ones but I prefer the felt like collars.
For the first time I have every noticed, I did see the powdery surface when I took them out of the packet. They fit the big boy very well, although he was not impressed and I had to sit and hold him between my legs to fasten it, it really should have been a 2 man job. The twins needed a fair bit cutting off to get the best fit. They have an elasticated section, which I assume is to give them leeway if they get their collar stuck somewhere. You then push the end under a metal circle to keep in place after its threaded the buckle.
It has a bell. I like this as I can hear them in the house more, I'd like to say it reduces their predator like stealth but alas no!
I'm awarding 3 stars. I like them as they are nice collars which are removable by the kitty if needed but I have no confidence in their flea killing properties
Like most people I hate the thought of fleas in my home and recently me and my mate have had to wage a war on Daisy's dog fleas and as we share her both of us had flea issues! However we fixed the problem and Daisy no longer appears to have a problem and neither do our homes thankfully.
However I have a just bought myself a gorgeous rag-doll cat and named her Myrtle and I have bought her this flea collar. However after reading up on it i have realised that this is not suitable to pop on her as a preventative measure as she is only just 9 weeks old and this is not suitable for kittens below 12 weeks so I have this on stand by and at the ready. However I owned two cats a while ago called Tiny and Bertie who both sadly passed away and I used to buy these for them for a couple of quid each for them which is why I bought one of these for £1.49 for my newest edition.
This comes on a backed piece of yellow and green card and sealed onto that with see though plastic and on the front of it we are told that it is Bob Martin Flea Collar 'For cats and kittens from 12 weeks, reflective for day and night safety' and that it is clinically proven and is a product against fleas and ticks and there is a photograph of a lovely kitten on there. On the back of the card other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and we are fully explained how to use it, there is an expiry date shown, ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. Nice enough, informative packaging this is.
These collars comes in various colours and designs as an example the one that will be Myrtles is a slight silver colour with an orange paisley pattern on it and of late this is the only colour and design I have seen it however Bertie had a blue one and Tiny had a pink one usually though like I say over the course of their lives whenever they had these I used to change the design if possible.
These are easy to fit onto a kitten or cat. They are thin collars with a silver bell attached, great if you want to hear your kitten/cat coming or don't want it terrorising birds (which I hate), the inside is thinly white fleece lined for comfort and the end of that has a small silver buckle on there attached by a small piece of elastic, again to give comfort and movement.
The only problem I have with this is collar is the smell of it. It is pre-treated with flea repellent and we are advised before we use this collar on our kitten/cat to spray them with an all one flea spray and to treat our home before using this if need be which I have always done in the past but I won't need to with Myrtle because she has no fleas thankfully!
The reason I have always liked these is not only are they purse friendly but they are very effective and do glow slightly in the dark and my other cats always seemed to love being outside even at night. On my other cats I never had flea issues with them and inspected them regularly. Some flea collars I have found to rub the neck area and sometimes remove hair, these do not. Like I say though I don't like the smell of these but then I can bare that because they work so well!
They are easy to pop on the kitten/cat and all you do is pop it round the neck and pop two fingers near the kittens/cats neck to give them room to grow or move and fit it on. Its simple and then all you do is cut off the excess collar you don't need which there is loads of so it should fit most sized cats and Tiny was huge lol. The only issue I have with these is that I don't know how long you are meant to keep these on the kitten/cat before disposing of them but then I used to leave them on my cats 3 months before changing over to something else.
Like I say my cats never had a flea issue using these or any signs of flea dirt so I'm hoping like with my two other cats this will continue to be a good buy for us!
Available in all good pet shops and supermarkets and so on and I used to buy mine in Wilkinson's stores but now I have just got one in my local B & M store.
When I got my kitten it was decided from day one that she would simply be a house cat as was my last cat though this doesn't stop her trying to get out every time I come through the front door!! When I took her to be spayed the vets told me I should really have a flea collar on her even if she was just an indoor cat. I had been telling my brother about it along with the operation and a few days later he came home from uni for a visit and told me he had a present for Cleo - a very sparkly pink flea collar!
The flea collar is one of the Bob Martin range of products so in all honesty I didn't think it would be all that wonderful as I have previously found that range to be a little poor. The collar comes attached to a cardboard backing and is protected by a plastic cover which is see through so you can choose the colour you require. The cardboard is set out in three colours, the top being red with the Bob Martin logo, a green section underneath which tells us that the flea collar is for cats and kittens from 12 weeks and a white section at the bottom which has a large picture of a cat wearing one of the collars. The packaging states that the collars are for day and night safety and have an elastic safety buckle holder. In large lettering at the top it says "Kills fleas for up to four months".
Putting the collar on Cleo proved to be quite a difficult task! As I had never put a collar on her before she was quite horrified at me trying to put something around her neck and in the end it took two of us to do it - one to hold her down and the other to put the collar on!! The collar is pretty much just like any other, it wraps around the neck and then secures in place like a belt of sorts. The collar feeds through a metal fastening which holds it in place. To make sure the collar is on correctly make sure you can fit two fingers between the collar and your cats neck. There was quite a bit of collar sticking out after it was on which fits under the ring which holds the bell so it stays in place or you can just snip it off. Cleo was less than impressed with the collar and spent a good hour charging round the house and trying to get it off!
One thing about the collar that I liked is that it has a bell attached which means I can hear Cleo on the move at all times. This is a good thing as I am sure she is a ninja cat and just appears out of nowhere to pounce and attack me at times so this has stopped the surprise element, but not the attack!!
As Cleo is a house cat the risk of fleas is very much minimised but of course they can still appear but I am happy to say that there has been no sign of them whatsoever and over the months she wore the collar there was not a single case of them. I think I probably left the collar on for more than the four months to be honest but it wasn't a problem as there were still no fleas but the collar started to look really tatty so it definitely needed a change. I would have happily bought another of the Bob Martin Reflective Flea Collars but as Cleo doesn't go outside it was a little pointless buying that one even though they are nice and sparkly! I chose a different pink collar so she still looks all pretty.
I found the flea collar to be a good product for us in that no fleas appeared, though this may have been the case anyway really. I like how they are reflective which makes the cats safer at night being visible and if Cleo did go outside this would give me a little more confidence in her safety as she is a British Blue so in the dark being that colour she would be incredibly hard to see. However, the one big downside to this collar is that there is no release mechanism if the collar gets stuck like on many other collars. On one occasion Cleo did get her paw stuck in the collar and started to panic but the elastic made sure she didn't strangle and I was easily able to release her paw, but had she been outside I am not sure how she would have got on which is a worry for those who do let their cats play out!
All in all I don't think I would recommend the Bob Martin Reflective Flea Collar simply down to the safety aspect of the cat being strangled if they get caught. However, if you do want to purchase one for your cat you can find them in most supermarkets and are priced at around £2.50 and come in a range of different colours and designs, some of which are quite funky.
Thank you for reading my review.
I am appalled! I bought a Bob Martin Reflective Flea Collar for my 12 month old tabby. I put it on him and he went out as usual. I was sobbing when he came back with obvious strangle marks around his neck and even a cut where the collar had dug into him.Do not out these on your cats, they do not release if your cat gets caught I am lucky I didnt find him hanged somewhere. I have seen stories where this has actually happened. I have started a complaints procedure against the company sent them pics of the 'damage' i will update this when i get a reply. Fuming! Appalled! Disgusted that they are sold in our supermarkets!!!
I got 2 kittens in November 2005. At first they stayed in the house pretty much all the time, but as they got bigger, I realised that they were both going to be outdoor type cats, due to the fact they would try to shoot past me every time the door opened. We waited until they were about 5 months old before we let them loose in the garden, and they scared me to death by escaping into neighbouring gardens and climbing into trees.
I realised pretty quickly I would need to get them a collar, and it made sense to get one that also combatted fleas therefore doing 2 jobs in one go. I went for the Bob Martin brand as there seemed to be a large number of products in that range, and not having any experience, I thought it would be OK. It also helped they were pretty cheap and available in the supermarket to pick up when I got my other shopping.
How wrong can you be.
Putting on the collar was actually ok when they were younger, as I could hold them and manage to get them to stay in one place by kneeling on the floor and holding the cat between my thighs so my hands were able to put the collar on, while the light pressure from my legs stopped them wriggling and escaping. It is the sort of collar that is like a childrens belt, where you feed the collar through the fastening which is like the figure of 8 shape. Once the collar was on at a suitable tightness (which I could determine by if my two biggest fingers could fit underneath it still without hurting the cat) I could then trim off the excess on the collar with a sharp pair of scissors and the job was a good one.
At first I thought that these were good value for money, as I would diligently change them every 4 months, and we never had any evidence of fleas, so I assumed they were working fine.
However, in June 2007, we had the wettest Summer on record with wide spread flooding in the South Yorkshire area. This co-incided with us having a summer holiday and the cats having a week in the cattery. When we got home, I noticed that there were strange bugs kept appearing on my baby every time I put him on the floor to play. I must have had severe baby brain as it took me a couple of days before I thought to check the cats, and they were both absolutely lousy as was the entire downstairs of my house.
It took a long time to clear the house, and I at first thought they had caught fleas at the cattery, but then we discovered some in with a bag of my papers upstairs. These papers had not been downstairs since before our holiday, so the fleas had been on them when we sent them.
I felt so guilty about how long they had been infested, and I switched brands after that point to Frontline, and we have never had any hint of a flea problem again.
These collars have advantages and disadvantages. They are good if your cat stays close to home, and mine wandered quite far away from home into the fields at the back of our house.
While they are cheap, and fairly easy to fit, this gets harder as the cat gets bigger, and also these collars didn't have the safety mechanism where the collar snaps open if the cat gets caught on something. This type of collar without the safety feature could strangle a cat if it got stuck and tried to struggle free.
These collars are also only suitable for cats over 6 months old, and you cannot use them if you have a nursing mother cat.
Overall, I am not that impressed by this brand since I switched, and I would not recommend it as a good way of protecting your cat and therefore your home from fleas. One experience of an infestation was one too many for me.
I have now bought two of these collars for my cat Jenny, a replacement being necessary after she came home one day 'naked'. The collar was however returned to me by a neighbour the next day having been found by him in his garden. This is the first time Jenny has ever lost a collar so presumably it had come off after having got caught up on something - which is of course what is meant to happen with the elastic safety buckle.
The thing that attracted me to this particular product was that claimed to kill fleas for up to four months and was also reflective. Some cat collars kill fleas and some are reflective but this combined the two elements and although Jenny is very rarely outside after dark (particularly at this time of year) it is sometimes unavoidable and so the fact that is reflective does give some peace of mind when she is out and about.
As Jenny had only been wearing her collar for approximately two months when she lost it I can't really comment on for how long it remained effective but she has certainly never seemed to have had a problem with fleas.
The felt lining appears to be comfortable to wear and she has never been irritated by the collar.
The collar comes complete with bell but, as Jenny has brought me two dead birds recently, I do not think it can be particularly effective in warning our feathered friends that she is 'on the prowl' in my garden.
At the store where I bought this collar there was not a huge choice of colours/designs so I don't know whether the range is very limited or whether they just chose not to stock many (they also sold their own brand). However the one I bought is purple and silver and looks good against Jenny's black fur.
Although she will stand or sit quite patiently while I put the collar on her in the first place, she is starting to get a bit restless and wriggly by the time I have got the (sharp) scissors and decided how much of the collar sticking out beyond the buckle I need to cut off. In fact we have had couple of near misses and I am quite surprised she has still got two ears!
I have been satisfied with this product but have been equally satisfied, in the past, by other cheaper brands of flea collar so I am not convinced that the name Bob Martin and the higher price makes this type of product any more effective than others on the market.
My cat has always worn a collar with a bell as she likes to spend a lot of time out in the garden, where because of the trees and bushes, there are always a few birds around. She quite fancies herself as a bird catcher though her stalking technique is quite laughable! I am sure the birds laugh at her as they seem to watch her approaching then fly off at the last minute. I don't think my cat realises that it is better to not let them see you and because of this, she is not very successful at stalking her prey. Even so, I have always ensured she wears a collar with a bell, so that if the time comes when she does get a better chance at catching a bird, her bell will alert the birds and give them a chance to fly away.
Fleas can also be a problem for your cat and there are many products on the market, some of which are pretty useless at getting rid of fleas. Flea collars are one of the products you can buy to help kill and prevent flea infestation on your cat.
The first time I bought a flea collar for my cat was a few years ago, even though I couldn't find any fleas on her at the time. I was buying her a new collar anyway and noticed flea collars with bells attached and decided to give one a try, thinking that it was a preventative measure against fleas. I was surprised to find a couple of dead fleas on the collar a couple of days after placing it on my cat, therefore it was good that it alerted me to the fact my cat did in fact have some fleas after all and I have been buying these collars ever since.
Bob Martin provide a range of pet products and their Reflective Flea Collars are the ones I purchase for my cat. On the last two occasions I have purchased these collars they have been available in either a gold or silver glitter design. They are certainly very sparkly and glam looking and have the added advantage of being reflective at night too.
These collars are suitable for cats and kittens from 12 weeks old, but you should not use these on pregnant or nursing female cats. Bob Martin state the collar will kill fleas for up to 4 months as the collar contains an insecticide that kills fleas on your cat and prevents their return. You should also be aware that areas such as your cats bed or the carpets could also need treating with a suitable product and you should also vaccuum these areas regularly.
As well as the bell, the collar has an elastic safety buckle. The elastic gives your cat a chance to free itself if it should get caught somewhere by the collar on a branch of a tree for example. This is something that I know has happened to my cat on at least one occasion when I found her collar hanging on a tie back hook for my curtains in the house.
Fitting the collar onto your cat is easy as long as your cat is relaxed. I tend to wait until my cat is sleepy as any other time she will run away or struggle as you try to remove and replace her collar. The inside of the collar is a soft felt and the outer part is the glittery reflective side. After placing it around your cat's neck and fastening the buckle you must ensure that you leave enough room to insert two fingers between your cat's neck and the collar. You should also remember to check this regularly if your cat is still growing. If any of the collar is sticking out beyond the buckle this should be cut off and disposed of. I always find I have around an inch and a half of the collar to cut off after fitting a new one on my cat.
Although my cat isn't particularly pleased about having a new collar fitted, once it is on she is fine about it. If your cat has fleas, you will find when you check the collar later that there will be dead fleas on the felt lining which you can remove. I find these collars are quite effective and I personally have not had any need to try anything else. I must point out though that you should not use any other method of flea treatment whilst using one of these collars, or indeed within 7 days of removing it.
These collars may not be suitable for every cat who has fleas though and I think for heavier infestations you may need to use something else or consult your vet for advice, as I don't think the collar would be enough to deal with a severe infestation. As a preventative measure or for lighter infestations however, I have found these collars to be very effective.
You should also check your cat for any signs of irritation after fitting the collar and also ensure you wash your hands after touching it.
I don't personally think that these collars are effective for four months but as Bob Martin state they are effective for 'up to' four months they are covering themselves about how long they will be effective for your cat. I personally find a couple of months, ten weeks at the most is what I personally find to be effective. After that the collar begins to look a little tatty anyway, but priced at £3.10, which is what I paid for a new one this week, it isn't really expensive.
Killing fleas of my animals is a big job sometimes when they bring them in from outside sources and you have tried many remedies. I give them there flea protection when needed but I also like to give them a decent flea collar.
With Bob Martin they do these reflective cat collars which are meant to last up to 4 months and help keep the fleas away. They have a nice little bell on them which helps you know when the cat is around.
They come in a few various colours as well. I have this cat collar which is a nice material and it is stretchy just incase the cat is caught so he can release himself. The colour is sort of camouflage with a blue and white and it looks pretty smart on first appearances.
I found getting it onto the cat was easy enough with the holes already there and it was not a problem but the problems soon arrived the following days. The cat could easily escape this collar no problems at all.
I know the stretchy fabric is there to help a cat who might have his collar stuck round his head and I have had this happen before many years ago. The problem is that the cat can constantly release itself regardless of how tight and how secure you think it is.
You have the fastener part which is a flimsy piece of steel and your meant to put the fabric through and hold it together but this never works like that at all.
The flea collar itself has a smell which you would expect but the fleas actually began to nest around the neck of my cat where the collar was. So the place where the prevention is being placed is where the fleas were ganging up together I just could not believe it.
The actual collar is the money grabber you want your cat to look smart and trendy and I treat my cats like gods as times and I try and make them look cool and cute. With the reflective collar which has glitter there to help make it stand out I never felt it would be a failure.
It never prevented fleas and it was very easy to get off for the cat. I have seen much cheaper alternatives in boring colours and yet they never come off and are made to a similar fashion. I paid over £3.65 for this collar and it was a complete waste of time.
I admit the bell is kind of good as it works and the colours vary depending where you go but for killing fleas for four months I just do not see that. The price just tries to convince you that the product your buying is worthwhile and it is truly not.
In the Honey000 house we have me and hubby, baby Brad, and the lovely Honey and Rocky (my fantastic cats). What I don't want and do my damndest to keep away is the unwanted company of many fleas!
Now I really don't want to give my cats pills to containing horrible chemicals which will kill fleas as I am really not sure if this is good for them so I decided to try a flea collar. We now live on a residential road so I wanted to buy a reflective collar which would make them more visible to cars going along the road at night.
So I bought two Bob Martin flea collars.
Price and availability
Try Amazon for good prices - £3.79 - also try Pets at Home or your local supermarket.
Dead easy - put them around the cats necks and off you go. Supposedly the special material on the collar will "repel" fleas. It will (if your cats keep them on) last for up to 4 months. There is no problem with the cat having to take pills (which is VERY difficult) - you just put the collar on the cat.
no pills for the cat
Four months flea protection
Reflective colour which means that they can be seen by cars at night.
Easy to put on.
Cats hate wearing collars
Also Cats take them off and lose them
Fleas don't seem to really run away!
Useless for me I am afraid. Noi sooner do I put a collar on my cats then they decide to remove it. Either sitting there and scratching at their neck until it bleeds (yes really - thanks the lovely Honey) or going out and dropping it SOMEWHERE????? in the garden (or next doors garden or the one next door). No matter what type of collar it is and how well it is put on. This means that the cats will just not wear theres so I can't comment on how well they actually prevent fleas.
The record for my cats wearing a collar is actually 2 days. These lasted 1 day. So were really not the best collar I have used. Overall I would think that if these stayed on they might work but since they dont.
If you have a well behaved cat that will actually keep a collar on then please feel free to try this product. If, like me you dont then stick to a spot on treatment or pills that they can't remove!
Harvey "the cat" goes through collars like I go through hot dinners. He has an uncanny knack of loosing collars when he's out exploring in....ummmm the garden....which is fairly confusing as he really isn't a very adventurous cat - and yet alas, he's collars are no where to be found. So, if there is one thing I can comment on, its the various cat collars that we have gone through over the years!
Bob Martin is a brand that I'm familiar with and I tend to trust - and so it stands to reason that the Bob Martin Reflective Flea Collar is one I have used on several occasions. Also, the fact that I saw this collar as a "buy one get one free" offer from my independent store near me meant that I had a spare for next time the collar went missing! The two collars cost me £3.45 - which seemed very reasonable to me.
The collar itself was a light blue colour - which I picked basically because there was a choice between blue and pink and I don't think Harvey would appreciate pink. The collar is reflective and, as such, it was easy to see him in the dark. This isn't too important for my cat as he doesn't really venture out of the garden, but for my own peace of mind its nice to be able to check on his whereabouts.
The inside of the collar that rests against Harvey's neck is really fluffy and soft and so, importantly, it does not rub against him. In addition to this, the sides of the collar are also soft and smooth and so there is nothing to dig into to him and so nothing to irritate him and encourage him to remove the collar through whichever magical way he manages to do it!
The collar fit easily around Harvey's neck and was easy to fasten. When it was fastened it did feel secure - but then again the collars always "seem" secure. However, true to form, within four weeks, Harvey returned home without his collar......never to be found again. This seems to be about the average time that it takes for him to loose his collar and so, in terms of security, this seems acceptable.
There is a small bell attached to the collar - which the squirrels and birds in
my garden are very grateful for - although Harvey not so much! The bell seems loud enough to alert any wildlife in my garden, but it is subtle enough to not be annoying when he decides to play in my bedroom in the middle of the night.
Importantly, there was no evidence of fleas on Harvey whenever he has used one of these collars - and so the flea repellant aspect appears to be very effective. Infact I have used other Bob Martin flea repellant / treatment products and I have always been very satisfied with their effectiveness. To my human nose, I can't smell anything chemical on the collar and so this is also a plus.
Overall I would recommend this product for any cat as it is reflective, flea-repellant and comfortable for your cat. Its not disimilar to many of the cat collars on the market but I think it is a slightly better quality than many.
This review is for a Bob Martin Flea collar for cats, but as directed by the Dooyoo team the product I am reviewing here is a Bob Martin Reflective Glitter Flea Collar. A product suggestion was made, but Dooyoo advised that as its a similar product it should be reviewed here.
Fleas can be an issue for cats and their owners and we have found that a good way to try to prevent flea infestation is with the use of a decent flea collar which our cats wear when out and about. We saw the Bob Martin Glitter Flea Collars in a pet store when we were looking for a replacement collar and thought it looked rather cool and funky. At the time it was something that was on sale for £2.99 and so we thought is was a fair buy.
Our Bob Martin Glitter Flea Collar came in a choice of funky silver glitter effect or an in your face gold glitter effect. We decided on the gold version as it was very glam and we thought it would be suited to our cats personality and appearance. Not only were the silver and the gold collars very attractive to look at, they also had a reflective quality which we thought would be good for night time wear.
The collar we picked was attractively packed and contained within a clear fronted pack so that we could clearly see what we were getting prior to purchase. The collar looked nicely presented and the stitching and buckle used seemed of a good standard. A bell was also attached which our cat lost.
Once out of the pack the Bob Martin Glitter Flea Collar was light enough for our cat to wear without causing any rubbing or stress. The collar had an elasticated piece fitted which was there in case our cat became caught on anything whilst wearing the collar. This was something we thought was a good feature as when our cats are outside away from the home they can climb, hide and get into all sorts of mischief.
The Bob Martin Glitter Flea Collar claimed to be able to keep our cat flea free for up to 4 months. We found that the collar was something that our cat wore for a little less than that and during the time it was on, we didn't have any flea problems. Whether this was 100% due to the collar is hard to say, but I would like to think it contributed towards that.
The collar fitted our cats neck well enough but as with many of these types of collars, it would be a snug fit on a chunky or larger cat. The collar is suitable for a kitty from 12 weeks onwards and as with anything like this will suit most but not all cats.
The inner part of the collar that comes into contact with your cats neck is made from a felt type lining and this didn't seem to cause any irritation to our cat. The collar is also coated or impregnated with an insecticide product and as with anything of this nature, we did check that our cat was ok with that and watched for reactions during the first few days of wear. We found our cat was fine when wearing it, with no side effects that we saw.
The Bob Martin Glitter Flea Collar gets a 4 star rating as it not only looked rather funky on our cat during the day, but it had good reflective qualities at night. This was something that gave us piece of mind if our cat was out for a short while after dark.
As regards the flea repelling and neutralising abilities of the collar, all that can be said is that our cat remained flea free during the period she wore it for. So it can be deemed that the collar was a success and so has to be a product that comes recommended.
Before we decided to let our kittens out to explore the wider world, we wanted to make sure they were as safe as could be . This involved waiting until they'd gotten used to the house and the smells around it, making sure their vaccinations and other treatments were up to date , and getting them a flea collar .
As house kittens until 5 months old, they'd never had fleas - they came from a clean home with a well looked after mother cat, and having not been outsde, had not had a chance to pick them up . Touch wood, since going out, they've not had them either - thanks in part, I imagine, to this collar.
This collar (not suitable for use on kittens younger than 12 weeks) is a jazzy slver colour, made of reflective material that, when hit by light will become very bright and stand out . It's the same kind of silver stuff you see on those yellow safety jackets , and is designed to make your cats visible at night, hopefully stopping the poor moggy from being hit by a car. On top of this, there is some silver glitter detailing - so as well as being safe at night, my cats have a little bling!
It is also impregnated with a insecticide that will kill fleas that land on your cat for up to four months .
The collar itself , as well as having the silver on the outside, has a soft white inner lining to make it comfortable for yourr cat to wear . It fastens with a simple buckle, and provoded your cat is reasonably co-operative, is easy to put on . The collar has a small elasticated section, which is designed to allow the collar to be tight enough to stay on, but also, should your cat find the collar snagged on something, to allow enough flexibility for the cat to pull out of the collar .
I found that the collar was too big for my kittens - it went on snugfly enough, but there was loads of spare collar just sticking out looking daft . This was easily trimmed to size with a pair of sharp scissors, and I actually put the trimmings into their blanket/cushion/soft snuggly stuff pile that they like to sleep on, just in case they did manage to bring a live flea into the house and onto their bedding. The trimmed end did begin to fray after a little while, but as these collars are designed to be replaced at least every four months, this isn't a major worry.
I'm always a bit wary of anything that claims to work 'up to' a certain amount of time - and so I do replace mine every three months rather than every four . The packaging, whilst staing 'up to' does not make any comments about what might reduce the products length of effectiveness - I would assume the cat getting it wet, for example, might reduce the effectiveness of the insecticide . But, at around £4 a time, they really aren't too expensive for a few month reassurance where fleas are concerned, and the fact that they are reflective for safety is an added bonus
Something I would certainly recommend to all kitten / cat owners - 5 stars .
I bought one of the Bob Martin cat collars earlier this year for one of my cats. I always make sure she has a collar to wear and at least one spare, as she does tend to lose them on her travels. Very often I find them under the steps in the garden or in the bushes, and other times they are returned to me by the neighbours. Although cat collars are widely available, it is not always easy to find a flea collar that is also reflective, so when I saw this one in Sainsbury's I snapped it up straight away.
The collar I purchased had a silver background, on top of which was printed a pattern of triangles in pale blue and black. I did not care for the design very much, and would probably not have chosen this one if there were other more tasteful ones to choose from. There are other designs in the range, though. However, as the collar was on offer and equipped with two of my primary requirements in such a product, I could not refuse it. The side of the collar that rests against the animal's neck is soft and fleecy, and this is excellent as it makes it comfortable to wear. There is also a small bell.
Fastening the collar onto my cat's neck was a bit troublesome, as it did not seem very long. True, my cat is larger than average - not fat, just big! - and I found that there was only perhaps a centimetre or two spare once it had been fastened around her neck, loose enough for me to slip two fingers between the collar and her neck. Even on average size cats this may present a problem in terms of lack of spare material, for if the cat gets the collar stuck it is more likely to come off when it is only tugged slightly. This is, in fact, what I suspect happened, as she only had it for a few weeks before returning home collar-less. I never found it again, either.
The bell is quite tinny and I do not believe it is sufficient to alert small creatures as to the cat's presence. However, if you merely want to be alerted when your cat is around you may appreciate the subtle sound the bell offers. During the short time my cat wore the collar I did not notice any fleas on her, so from this I will assume that the flea treatment in the collar was successful. The collar does not have a particularly nasty fragrance, as some flea treatment chemicals do. The reflective nature of the collar is also excellent, and the collar gleams brightly when lights are directed at it at night. This design, the silver triangle variety, may best suit black cats due to the contrasting colours of the collar and the cat's dark coat (my own cat is tabby and white), and will bring safety to your cat during daylight hours, too.
This is a very good collar, but it is not the best I have come across. The design struck me as quite tacky, and I was disappointed my the shortness of it. I purchased the collar when it was on offer at £1.50, but it usually retails at somewhere in the region of £3.50 - £3.99. I would not pay this much for the collar, as I believ there are better available in this price range.
Having had many cats I have tried a number of products for treating fleas. The last cat I had was a rescue cat and was plastered in fleas! It really was the worse case I have ever seen. Being a persian his coat was very thick, so I found sprays were not that good as they just covered his outer coat. I did try Bob martin flea collar but found they didnt really kill the fleas, the fleas just grouped around the collar and didnt die! I aslo read that many cats get hung by there own collars when climbing around in trees so this also put me off.
The only true thing that I found to work was frontline the drops. It cost a packet but it is worth it for your cat and you. It worked fast and killed the fleas and kept them away.
I would say the only good thing about the collar is the reflective side of it for keeping your cat safe at night.