Breakaway Vs Non-Breakaway Collars

by Farmer Jack
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Dog and cat collars make it easy to find your pet in case they go missing. They are also a means to restrict an aggressive animal while in public venues. Depending on the type of collar, you need to worry again about your pet’s safety.

Pet owners may want to buy a quick-release collar or the non-breakaway type. Most cat owners prefer breakaway collars. Unlike dogs, it is almost impossible to lock in your cats. Yet, the fact that they are climbers, they are at great risk of sticking their collars on a dead branch. 

Here’s the thing. You shouldn’t incur losses because of the wrong collar for your cat or dog. Let’s look at the reasons to buy a breakaway collar for your clumsy buddies.

Why You Need a Breakaway Collar for Your Pet

You can never tell when your little friend will meet a confrontation. Whether it’s a fight, a difficult climb, or their paws stuck in their collar, he should free himself before sustaining serious injuries. The right collar in that case is a breakaway collar.

This kind of collar disengages when you apply some force and is necessary for fragile and clumsy animals. Check out these reasons to invest in one for your hound.

1. To avoid serious injuries

When an animal sticks his collar on the wrong surface, some tugging and pulling will release him before he breaks his jaws and chars skin in his neck.

2. Stop strangulation

You can buy a new collar every other day. However, you may not recover a lost pet. Breakaway collars are pet-friendly and will stop some fatal injuries and accidents.


3. It is safe for young and clumsy pets

If you can’t control their mischief, you can apply some safety measures instead. A breakaway collar should save your kittens and puppies from twisting their necks in case their paws get in the way of their collar.

When to Use the Non-Breakaway Collars

Dog pets tend to be mischievous with collar training. Not all dogs respond well to collars. For this reason, non-breakaway collars suit them better and help to move them while on a harness.

These collars have a strong buckle system with sharp prongs and tend to stick without slipping. However, take caution and give an allowance of two loose fingers so that a tight collar does not end up fatal. On the contrary, a poor fitting collar may cause friction and hotspots around your dog’s neck area.

Can we say the same for the cats?  We do not recommend non-breakaway collars for cats and puppies. Pets are expensive and the best you can do is providing identity tags. Cats are safer with breakaway collars.

Other precautions

Apart from having the right collar on your pet, you also need to keep the following tips in mind:

1. Ensure that your collar is the right size before you fix it on him.

2. Do not tighten the collar such that any movements cause friction. Test with your fingers to see if there is some allowance for comfort.

3. It is easy to find a missing collar if it has information tags or microchips for tracking.


Buying a collar should be easy because you can now tell the difference and you know what your dog or cat needs. Breakaway Vs non-breakaway collars should work for the respective animals and keep them secure. We hope that you make the right purchasing decision as you look to keep your pets in control.

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