Bell the Cat With a Collar

Cats are perhaps the smallest of the feline order and though being domesticated, they have not lost their taste for roaming free, be it within their owners’ houses and around the campus. However, since 1999, it has become compulsory for all pet owners to have some kind of identification on their pets, which is why a pet collar is essential. The advantages of having some kind of identification on a cat are plenty. Suppose you are traveling to a new place and the cat wanders off and loses its way. Then who ever finds the feline can inform the authorities about it and they in – turn will get it back to you.

The biggest advantage of a cat collar is that it makes it very easy for the owner to take his or her cat for a walk in the park or walk way, without having the fear of the cat giving him or her the slip and sauntering off on her own. However, getting the collar around the cat’s neck is a lot similar to trying to bell the cat, literally. No animal likes to have a noose around the neck, so why should the cat be any different. This means that you will have to make the cat get used to the idea of wearing a collar. The best time for this is when the cat is still a kitten, as it will get used to wearing the collar faster and more easily.

Once the cat has become used to wearing the collar, twenty – four hours of the day, then its time to attach the leash to the collar and let it walk around the place with the leash attached, before you take it out for a walk. As there are plenty of cat owners, after the issuance of the order, the demand for collars have increased. Cat collars come in varying sizes and there is a variety of collars to choose from. They come in every conceivable color, shape and the best of materials, not to mention the host of accessories like tinker bells etc. When buying a cat collar, do remember to buy a collar with an elastic section, so that if the cat gets caught, it can set itself free by stretching the collar.

Since cats are of varying breeds and may be very expensive to acquire and rear, technology has invented micro – chips which are embedded under the skin of the cat to track a lost cat, and, the collar too has a wireless tracking devise which begins to beep, once you press the locator. If you do not have a collar for your cat, you may get fined by the state authorities for letting your pet roam around un-identified. Having a collar around the cat’s neck means not only style but also security for the cat and keeps you on the right side of the law. So what are you waiting for, go out and get your cat a collar.

Tips For Buying Pet Products

Your pet is part of your family. Its unconditional love and care keeps you happy, its company keeps you sane. In recent years, the market for pet products has vastly increased, but in the plethora of gimmicks, here are some guidelines to help you choose wisely.

The Perfect Leash – When you are looking for a leash for your dog there are several things to keep in mind. First you need to find one that fits. If there is a space for two of your fingers between the leash and the dog, then you are on the right track. Make sure the leash is neither too heavy nor too long. Small dogs will be burdened with a heavy leash and get entangled in one that is too long. Bigger dogs on the other hand require a longer leash for more freedom and a heavier one for more control. In terms of color and design, you could check out different fabrics and shades. However, try and match your dog’s fur to the color of the leash for a more pleasing effect. It’s important to shop around before choosing a leash – compare prices (most start at $10 and go upwards depending on how fancy you want it to be). Look for durability and leashes that are water-resistant as well. Online stores are a good place to start looking for the perfect leash for your dog.

Chew Toys – Dogs can’t help chewing. It’s a natural instinct that unfortunately could lead to destructive behavior if left unchecked. If dogs don’t have the correct toy for their chewing habits, you could end up with your shoes and furniture bitten to bits! When choosing the safest chew toys for your dog look for ones that are large enough that they can’t be swallowed. Materials used should be non-toxic and safe, durable and easy to clean. Ensure that there are no loose buttons or small parts that could choke your pet. Bones should not be treated as toys as they do not break down easily and might be hazardous to smaller dogs.

Brands such as Nylabone® and Kong® come highly recommended and can keep your pet occupied for hours thus dealing with unnecessary chewing and boredom as well. Choose toys that come with a guarantee for more peace of mind. When introducing chew toys to your dog, offer a variety to begin with to see what grabs his fancy. Supervise the usage for a few days before leaving your pet alone with the toy and rotate the toys to keep him interested for longer.

GPS Pet Tracking Collar – A GPS Pet Collar works in much the same way as the tracking system on your automobile does. Now, pets can be tracked down online with the help of detailed directions to their location courtesy of the collar. It sounds like the perfect solution but before you rush out and buy one, ensure that you are making the right choice. There is already a staggering array of choices available when it comes to GPS Pet Tracking Collars, ranging from those giving you only the location of the missing animal while others are more sophisticated providing the location as well as detailed directions on how to get there. You need to figure out how much you can afford in terms of inclusions and services offered. Most GPS Pet Collars are best suited for medium to large sized dogs. If your pet is smaller, weighing 10 pounds or less, the collar might be too heavy and cause discomfort. A good GPS Pet Collar should be water resistant. Look for the most durable device you can get your hands on for long-term satisfaction.

A GPS Pet Collar fitted with a bright LED beacon is much more useful when your dog goes missing at night. Keeping all these factors in mind, Securus has teamed with the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) team to officially launch the SpotLight GPS Pet Locator to reduce the number of lost dogs. It has the advantage of being water resistant, compact, lightweight, and long lasting. With its LED beacon & utilization of advanced technology, you can now be informed of your dog’s whereabouts around the clock through text or email alerts. And with a lifetime enrollment in the AKC CAR’s Recovery Service (American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery), owners of this GPS Pet Locator have access to their call center and the best recovery team available. With this, tracking and recovery of lost dogs is no longer an issue and your missing pet will be returned safely to your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Using Pet Training Collars for a Helping Hand

Pet training collars have become more popular to use over the last few years, they have advanced in technology, and are now seen as a great tool when training. In the past some trainers have disagreed with the use of such a training collar. However, if used in the correct way they can get great results, making both the dogs and the owner’s life far easier. The original designs were limited, and they often had drastic rather than constructive results. With the technology today the training collars have come a long way.

There are many different styles of pet training collars for the owner to choose from, making the decision a difficult one. However, the three main types of collar that dog owners buy the most are the simple choke design, the remote control collar and the advanced pet collars. Although all three types of collar help to train the dog, deciding exactly in what areas the training is needed is important. Some dog owners simply cannot train their dog to behave whilst on the lead. Using the pet collars enable them to have greater control whilst they are out and about.

A training collar can be used to teach obedience in any age dog, with some basic training the owner will be able to use the collar effectively. Choke collars are very helpful as long as they are used correctly. Although some people feel they are too harsh, if used in the right way they can teach the dog very quickly. This style of collar is not suited to inexperienced dog owners, or dogs that pull constantly. Looking at other styles of pet collars is advised to ensure that the ideal one is purchased for training purposes.

Remote shock collars are very popular, and are a humane way to train a dog. They release very small shocks when remotely set off by the owner. Allowing the dog to learn when they do something wrong they will experience the sensation. The dog will soon link the shock to the bad behavior, and will begin to behave better. Although they are easy to use, only confident dog owners should use them as they can be set too high. There are several different designs and styles of this training collar, and researching all of them is very important.

Buying any type of pet training collars should be done under advisement from a qualified trainer or vet. They will be able to advise what the best type of collar is, allowing the owner to know they have made the right decision. Although the collar is a great tool to help the dog owner, training will still need to be done. The collar alone will not teach the dog anything, if they simply get shocked without warning or reprimanding they may end up being more confused. The collar should never be used as a tool to punish or harm the dog. Pet training collars can be very effective, and are great for pet owners to have. However, as with everything there is a small minority of people that misuse them, and this is often where the bad press comes from.