Product Type: Johnson's cat accessories
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A safe collar for your cat.
Johnson's Velour Cat Flea Collar
Member Name: jeffjen
Johnson's Velour Cat Flea Collar
Advantages: Safe for your cat to wear, does kill some fleas.
Disadvantages: Won't necessarily eliminate a flea problem.
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.
Summary: A decent priced collar which is safe for your cat to wear.