The Dangers of Collars
Well, Suki is a bit of a clumsy cat. She has a large carpet "perch" that she likes to lay down on. We have placed it right by the window so she can watch out for predators and prey in comfort.
Occassionally, Suki would fall off or "roll off" her perch. She always recovers quickly and the only injury is to her pride, except for that one time we will always remember. Suki was still pretty new to us, and she was enjoying her perch as per usual. She rolled off it (as normal) and slipped in-between the perch and the window. Fortunately she stuck out one claw and managed to hang on to the top of her perch. I looked over at her, and then looked away as I expected her to pull herself up.
What I had not seen, was her little collar had hooked around the latch on the window. Normally, the latch is down and parallel with the wall, but when the window is open, the latch sticks out a bit. Suddenly I heard this crashing. I looked over, and poor Suki was hanging from her caller, with only her one claw in the perch holding up some of her body weight. She was choking and could not get out of it, her little feet were kicking and kicking and her eyes were wide open with terror! I ran over and quickly supported her back feet to stop the choking. The minute I touched her she instantly calmed down and stopped panicking, like she knew it would be okay. I then used my other hand to unhook the collar - Suki was saved! I was terrified to think of what would have happened if I had not been home. Would Suki have choked, or would she have gotten out of it eventually? So, I took the scissors out of the drawer and cut her collar off. No more collars for Suki.
Now we are just extra careful to ensure our address and phone number are correctly updated for her tattoo registration. If she ever gets away, the tattoo will have to be enough. Attached is a picture of Suki enjoying her perch in the window.