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My cat is nine years old now and has always worn a collar. The majority of the collars I have bought her have been these felt flea collars by Armitage as they are always readily available in my local Morrisons and Asda.
When I first bought a collar I was looking for a collar with a bell, as my cat is intrigued by my next door neighbours bird feeding station. 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' are rubbish, but at least the bell is alerting the birds and thwarting her attempts to catch one.
The fact these collars are also a flea collar I saw simply as a bonus. Although I use other methods to treat fleas I thought this may give some added protection.
The manufacturer states that these collars kill fleas for up to four months. 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 my cat was not wearing her collar and assumed she must have got caught somewhere outside and had wriggled free. I was surprised to discover her collar hanging from my curtain tie back holder a little while later. 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.
My cat is used to wearing a collar, however, this doesn't mean that removing and fitting a collar is always straightforward. She is quite feisty and will try to resist, so usually someone has to hold her whilst I carry this out.
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.
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 will 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 each from supermarkets, pet stores and also online at Amazon.