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post #21 of 44 Old 03-31-2012, 10:24 PM
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A multipurpose cat is the best kind! Unfortunately, my son and I are allergic so Kitty never gets to come into the house. He does get lovin' when hubby is sitting out on the barn patio, and he gets to come into the garage when it's really cold or too hot - we build him a 'nest'. We have no idea how old he is; he's got to be at least 7-8, and we are really lucky that he found us!
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post #22 of 44 Old 03-31-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Is the bell a big issue? We just liked the color and got it so he could wear his tags.
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post #23 of 44 Old 03-31-2012, 10:59 PM
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Is the bell a big issue? We just liked the color and got it so he could wear his tags.
If he's in the house, keep the collar. If he's outside, where he can climb, I would take the collar off so that he doesn't get it caught on something that he's climbing on, or under. Also, if you want him to actually kill mice, the bell is going to make it hard for him to sneak up on them!

I don't have a collar on Kitty because he is always climbing over and under things and I'm horrified at the idea that he could slip and hang himself. Twice he's damaged a claw; we think he's walking on the top of the horse stall sliding doors and catching a claw when he jumps down.

The down side of not having a collar is that he won't have his tags for ID if he runs off...

So, there's no perfect answer; you just have to decide what is the lesser of the 2 evils.
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Hmmmmm... Maybe I can take the bell off. It is a breakaway collar, so it should unlatch if he gets it caught on something. I really want him to have his tags, in case he wanders. He is microchipped... but still! Anyways, he is my first "mouser." I am learning. :)
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post #25 of 44 Old 03-31-2012, 11:07 PM
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Hmmmmm... Maybe I can take the bell off. It is a breakaway collar, so it should unlatch if he gets it caught on something. I really want him to have his tags, in case he wanders. He is microchipped... but still! Anyways, he is my first "mouser." I am learning. :)
I am learning, too - didn't know they made breakaway collars! That's a great idea and much safer for outdoor kitties! Where did you find it?
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Petsmart!!

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They have some cute ones.
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Love PetSmart! Thanks!
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post #28 of 44 Old 03-31-2012, 11:16 PM
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Yes, remove the bell! Didn't you see the cartoon where the mouse puts the bell on the cat so they can hear him coming?
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post #29 of 44 Old 04-01-2012, 08:53 AM
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Microchipping is the way to go. There is a data bank that allows any pound that finds your cat to know who he belongs to so that you can come get him. There is no danger of it causing any problems for the cat.

I had a cat that got into trouble with a collar. She was apparently scratching her neck and she got her back leg stuck in the collar. By the time we found her, she had raw places on her leg from it. She hid for a full day before we were able to find her and help her. I took off that collar and haven't put one on a cat since.

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Good news!!!! My fiancé just came up from feeding, and said that Milo had left us a mousey present! Lol, he is off to a good start. Now I bet that the mice are on to him.
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