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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”