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My cat is eleven years old and has always worn a collar. The vast majority of the collars I have bought for her have been these felt flea collars with a bell attached and as this type are usually always available in supermarkets as well as pet suppliers outlets and online stores, they are very easy to come by. I have always bought a collar with a bell, as my cat is intrigued by my next door neighbours bird feeding station, as well as the birds which perch in the tree at the bottom of my garden. Therefore should my cat attempt to pounce on a bird, then at least the bell will alert the bird and give them a chance to escape. Having said that, my cat's attempts at 'hunting' has always been rubbish, I don't think she knows the meaning of stealth or approaching her prey quietly, but at least the bell is alerting the birds and thwarting her attempts to catch one should she manage to creep up on one some day! The fact that many of these collars are also a flea collar I saw simply as a bonus at first. Although I have used other methods to treat fleas I thought this may also give some added protection. The manufacturer states that these collars kill fleas for up to four months as the collar contains an insecticide that kills fleas on your cat. I can honestly say that in my experience, if you are relying on a flea collar alone to kill fleas or protect against them, then you will be disappointed. I have found that although they do kill fleas, they do not kill them all. When fitting a new collar on my cat when she has had fleas, I have noticed a short while after fitting it that whilst there are some dead fleas on the underside of the collar, the problem continues and I have had to resort to other flea treatments, as after a few days there were no more fleas on the collar, yet my cat still had them. Therefore I don't think they offer a solution to getting rid of fleas and the little protection they do offer does not last four months. What I do like about these collars, apart from the bell, is the elastic part of the collar which expands should your cat get caught somewhere and allows it to escape. I once noticed a few years back that my cat was not wearing her collar and assumed she must have managed to get it off somehow. I was surprised to later discover her collar hanging from my curtain tie back holder when I went to close the curtains. She must have somehow got caught on it when jumping up or down from the window ledge and this highlights the importance of collars which expand or break should your cat get caught somewhere. The collar is also easy to fit (if your cat is calm) and fastens with a buckle. You cut away the excess collar after fitting with a pair of scissors, to ensure you haven't got a long piece of excess collar sticking out. I always manage to remove the collar easily enough, but fitting a new one can take a little more time and patience. I try to fit a new collar to my cat when she is feeling sleepy and calm and often I have managed to fit it myself, but sometimes I need to get my daughter or partner to hold her whilst I fasten the buckle. Although my cat is used to wearing a collar, she has never liked being picked up or held in any way and so if she is not in the right mood, then fitting the collar can be a far from straightforward procedure. She can be very loving, but this is always on her terms and so picking the right moment is very important for us. If your cat has never worn a collar from being young then he/she could also be very wary or frightened of a collar if you suddenly introduce one, particularly if it has a bell, so you must bear this in mind before purchasing a collar, as the bell may startle your cat. The reason I keep buying these is the fact they have a bell attached which I think does help protect wildlife in the garden from my cat, as well as the fact they are a decent price and have that elastic strip for safety. They also offer some protection from fleas but may not totally eliminate fleas from your cat altogether. Therefore in my opinion, it is not enough to purchase one of these and think your cat will not get fleas or that the collar will eliminate all of them. These collars come in a variety of colours and cost around £2 - £3 each from supermarkets, pet stores and also online at Amazon. They are suitable for cats from the age of 12 weeks.
We have always lived in the country and as most country folk know, there are additional hazards against which you need to protect your pets. Fortunately, neither our dogs nor our cat ever had fleas but the dog used to have to get examined after every walk as he seemed to be a magnet for ticks......but that's another story. Of course, by ensuring that your cat always wears a flea collar and that it is always changed on a regular basis - about every 4 months as far as we were concerned, you never really know whether or not your cat would have contracted fleas or not. However, we'd rather build in prevention where we can. The cat never really strayed out of the garden - she had lots to keep her occupied close to home with trees to climb and frogs to catch and play with. She long since gave up chasing birds and mice - she never knew what to do with them when she caught them. Her first collars were a little disappointing in that because she was an active cat, she subjected them to some rough treatment. She snapped a couple and once she came back with her paw caught in it. It seemed as if the cheaper ones we were buying were stretching and this exposed her to the risk of catching her paw when she was scratching. We mentioned this to the vet when she was in for an infected foot and rather predictably he sold us a much better one at about £5.50 as I recall and that was a few years back. He also showed us how tight it should be. Many owners are fearful of securing them too tight but if they are too loose then the cat can get its paw caught. We didn't buy any more from the vet but did find these at our local pet store at a very reasonable £3.25. The collars came in a range of colours and have a velour finish. As we had a Norwegian Forest Cat with a mostly white meck, we quickly learnt to buy lighter coloured ones. They had a nice soft fleecy inner but a tougher outer cover which seemed to be able to cope with her rough and tumble antics. She didn't mind wearing them at all, so they must have been comfortable. As with most things you get what you pay for. Even own brand one are about £2.00 upwards, so it isn't much extra to pay to ensure that your cat is well protected in a suitable collar. We would recommend these ones.
When keeping pets around the home fleas can be an issue thats best dealt with before they come uninvited into your home to disrupt your pets life. There are a number of anti flea products we have used and the Johnsons range is one of them. The Johnson's range of Velour Cat Flea Collars that you can buy are a simple product that can work towards keeping your cat flea free. Surprisingly when I wanted to review these collars they were not listed here, as they have been added today I can share my thoughts now. ********************************************************* We have found that the Johnson's Velour Cat Flea Collars we have bought are well priced and amongst the mid range price for the type of cat care product they are. We have paid between £2.2 and £3.25 for these flea collars and as they can last a number of weeks/ months, up to 4 months (unless your cat loses the collar) this is good value. The Johnson's Velour Cat Flea Collars are made from a light and soft to the touch velour topped fabric with an inner padded thicker material. We have had these collars in a number of colours from red to purple etc. The collars are easy to fit to the size of your cats neck, although as with any similar collar the fit may be more snug if you have a very large or beefy kitty. ********************************************************** We have found that our cats have managed to get these collars and other similar collars off at times. It seems they and many other cats have Houdini type powers when it comes to appearing sans cat collar and this can be a bit annoying but is something that can and does happen at times. I don't feel thats a fault with the collars as this can happen with many cat collars, its more a skill that cats seem to have. Over all the Johnson's Velour Cat Flea Collars do stand up well to repeated use, but the velour outer layer can sometimes come away a bit from the inner layer after a period of extensive wear at the front edge. ********************************************************** To give the Johnson's Velour Cat Flea Collars a product rating, I feel they ought to get 4 stars. I have deducted 1 star as not all cats like the fit and feel of them and they can and do come off at times when worn by collar removing Houdini type cats. The collars do seem to work well to prevent flea infestations and our cats haven't minded wearing them. Johnson's Velour Cat Flea Collars are easy to buy as they are widely sold and offer a simple easy way to hep protect your cat from fleas.