Okay...If you watch me, you kinda know that recently I got a new kitty.
This delinquent here. ->
He's a Balinese cat. He's long, skinny, agile, quick..And sneaky. (This is important. Remember these notions for later.)
So...What's the problem?
Long story short:
When the breeder gave this kitten to us, I expressively asked to him to explain to my parents why was important to keep the said cat indoor. (The guy already had did the same speech to me and my sis the first time we met. It was one of the first things we talked about and one of the first questions I made to him. I'm super-anxious about this matter, since I already lost a kitten in past. Hit and killed by a car..).
This it's a quick and smart breed of cats. They are curious, great hunters and also kinda indipendents in certain situations. Since this kitten is born in an apartment, he didn't knew ANYTHING about what there is outside. No idea what a car or road is.
So curiosity + brand new outside world = danger to be hit by a car/eaten or wounded by a dog/stolen.
Obviously, the first thing my mother did, was to ignore the speech of the breeder and to bring the said cat in our garden to "see the grass".
The result: The cat tries to sneak out from home every time he sees a door or a window open.
My mother is been able to make him run away from home, four days after his arrival at home. She simply left the garage door open and she drove away to the gym. Obviously the cat was gone when we understood he was disappeared.
After one hour and half of research -and seeeeveral hours of swearing-, we found it, fortunately.
Today my mother did the same. This time she left open two windows. Isn't clear if kitty thrown himself down from the balcony at the second floor, of if he ran away from the french window in our living room.
All what we know, is that he was in panic, in the garden of neighbors, while he was trying to find a way to come back in our garden.
My neighbors have a dog. She's a mix of golden retriever/Maremma shepdog
. This time we were lucky, cuz they had locked her in the terrace and not in the garden area...Otherwise, my cat risked to be eaten. She usually chases and tries to bite cats and little animals. I personally saw her attaking and devouring two young chickens, once..
Well, again, I went to take my cat back, rang the bell of the neighbors (and despite my hate for them, I admit they were really kind to let me in,during dinner time without send me to fudge myself.) and retrive the fugitive.
So...My decision is this one: Never freakin' more outside, without harness and leash.
Tomorrow I'll go to buy both of them and if cat will want to go outside in the garden...Well...He will do it with a leash.
If he don't likeit,he can fudge himself.
My question now is:
Do you think that even a collar would be useful? Knowing also that my cat it's so long and slender?
I never used collars on cats, honestly...But if happens that he ran away again and we can't find him, maybe it would be useful to him to have something with a name and address wrote on it. (he's chipped, but whatever..)
I have doubts, because I know cats can choke with collars.
Yet I know about collars with a particular "emergency lock" like this one shop.isoladeitesori.it/it/IT/i…
who open automatically, if the cat is stuck in something.
So...People with cats...Gimme opinions
Are these collars (collars in general) useful? Are they a waste of money? Have you ever used them? Have you some good/bad experiences with them?
Gimme some life experiences, so I can decide what to do tomorrow...