November 23, 2016 – Cat owners are being warned about the dangers some collars pose after a puss needed major surgery to treat a wound caused by a collar which slipped around his chest and leg.

Ginger and white cat Danny was found with a nasty wound caused by his collar getting caught around his front leg.

RSPCA animal collection officer Lucy Green was called to Calf Close, in Haxby, York, England on October 24 after a woman spotted the cat tangled in his collar.

The caller had first seen the timid cat around a month before but alerted the RSPCA in October after spotting his wound. ACO Green went along and set a trap to catch the puss before taking him into a local vets for treatment.
“Luckily this little cat was microchipped so we were able to reunite him with his very worried owner after he’d been missing since June!” ACO Green said.
“This is a prime example of how important it is to have your pet microchipped so we’d urge all cat owners to get their pets chipped.He was very dehydrated, underweight and had an awful wound around his chest where he’d got his leg stuck through his collar and the material had cut into his flesh.
Danny's wound.
Danny’s wound.

“Vets had to operate to clean up the wound and stitch him up but, thankfully, he has recovered well from his ordeal and his owner is very pleased to have him home.”

The RSPCA is hoping this incident will highlight the importance of using quick-release collars.

RSPCA cat welfare expert Alice Potter said: “Danny’s story serves as an important reminder to cat owners to only use quick release collars on their pets as other collars can be lethal.

“All too often we get called to cats that have become injured due to a collar as there are too many dangerous collars on sale. We would advise against purchasing a collar with buckles that don’t snap open, or collars made from elastic.

“The majority of flea collars are also not advisable as they do not have safety buckles, so we would encourage pet owners to prioritise safety first and give your cat flea treatment another way.

“Cats are natural hunters and curious explorers that enjoying climbing trees or pushing through tight spots and for these reasons it is imperative that any collar is designed to free the cat should they become snagged during their adventures.

“If the collar gets caught on something the cat may try to free itself by using its foot and then, in turn, gets its leg stuck with the collar ending up under the cat’s armpit causing painful injury. It is far better to have to pay for a new collar if your pet has lost theirs than to have to pay for urgent veterinary treatment when your pet becomes injured due to its collar.”

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