Answerbank: Why Is My Cat Losing Their Collar?

If your cat is losing their collar frequently, there are a few things to check:

1. The fit

A collar that is too loose is more likely to get snagged as a cat explores, and is also easier for a cat to get their paws under to flick off. 

What to do:

Check the fit of your cat's collar frequently. Our collars are designed to fit close to their neck - you want to be able to squeeze two fingertips only, flat to your cat, between the collar and their body (with fur flattened) when it is on. 

If their collar is too loose, simply take off, adjust, and pop the collar back on your cat.

2. Accessories

Large dangly accessories, especially bells, can make a cat more aware of their collar, and also give them something to grasp onto if they want to remove their collar.

What to do:

If you think this might be happening, it's worth removing all accessories from your cat's collar to see if this resolves the problem. Once your cat has settled in their accessory-free collar, you can then gradually reintroduce any accessories, one at a time, over a period of several days.  

3. Re-introduction

If you've tried all of the above and had no success, it's possible that your cat has become unnerved by wearing a collar and would benefit from being reintroduced to collar-wearing gradually. 

What to do:

Take your cat's collar off for a few days, then reintroduce them to it gradually, following our step-by-step collar introduction guide.

4. Conflict with other cats

If your cat has access to the outdoors, the final factor to consider is whether your cat may be getting into active (i.e. not play) fights with other cats in the neighbourhood. Sadly, this is the hardest factor to correct with the collar alone as it’s important that the collar does break away if a rival cat hooks a claw onto it, for example. Checking the fit is definitely worthwhile, so that their collar is as snug as possible. Beyond that, we often find that spending time outdoors with a cat can help them ‘reclaim’ outdoor territory and keep any invaders at bay.

 

If you need any help or advice, we're always on hand. Simply send us a message at hello@supakit.co, and we'll be happy to help out!