We can have an important conversation about cat safety. Research shows that only about 17 percent of owners put collars on their cats. But whether your cat is indoors or out, a collar and ID are essential. In the event of a lost cat, collars can be key in helping your kitty get home. Adjusting an adult cat to a collar can be tough, so we recommend creating good collar habits while they are young. You should also regularly check the sizing of your cat collar to make sure that it remains secure, but comfortable. No more than one or two fingers should fit between the collar and your cat’s neck. An improperly tightened collar could allow a cat to unintentionally entangle themselves in loose materials.
When choosing a collar for your kitten or cat, there are some important features to consider. Elasta Cat collars that stretch when snagged allow cats to slip free and avoid dangerous and entanglement. It is a great fit for indoor/outdoor kitties. Or, you might decide on a safe cat collar with a breakaway buckle that will release when a cat becomes caught. Our Coastal breakaway collars are designed to release when worn by cats over eight pounds. For cats or kittens eight pounds and under Li’lPalsbreak away collars are the safe choice. And if your cat is an outdoor cat, reflective features are also an important part of your collar selection. At Coastal, we offer Elasta Cat collars with reflective elements woven throughout, as well as our Lazer Brite collars that feature a super reflective material laid over the collar that results in unmatched visibility. When you want to walk with your cat, a harness and leash are essential.
While it may take a bit of work to get your cat comfortable with a harness, the more they wear it, the more comfortable they will become. We recommend starting young and practicing often. However, you should never leave a cat unattended in a harness as harnesses are not designed to stretch or break away.
Making a Cat Repellent
If you have cats or other unwanted animals trespassing in your backyard I’m going to show you how to make a motion-activated water spray repellent that’s not only more adaptable than commercial versions but can be made for as little as $15.00 in 45minutes- even if you have no previous skills in making stuff. You may be aware I have a bit of an ongoing cat problem but if you knew here, cats have been frequenting my backyard causing all sorts of havoc like (beep) on things scratching stuff, eating my grass and then remembering that they don’t like grass and then attempting to return it thinking I won’t notice.
So I made a couple of cat deterrents in the past and we had some good fun testing out the effectiveness of these devices. So after I made my first deterrent video a few years ago people asked if I could do up some instructions that were a bit more realistic and practical because apparently some people like to retain their central door locking components in their car but also some people said things like they didn’t think they would be smart enough to make a DIY animal repellent which I don’t think should stop anyone. I’m not smart, I still can’t work out why doorways in my house don’t work sometimes. So this is what inspired me to work out a nice simple recipe for people to build their own repellent that’s not only cheap but can be made by anyone easily.
Now I know since I made my original video there are now commercial spray is available on the market however these ones can be really expensive, if you’re looking at setting a couple up which is very likely you’ll be pushing close to the $200 and for that all you’ll generally get is something that only comes with a lawn spike and sprays an area that’s too wide So good luck using that around outdoor furniture and electronic appliances. The book also has a chapter on making a more advanced repellent which still works out under $20 but it looks way cooler, is way more durable and there is also a stack of optional mods so you can use it indoors without water, to say stop a cat going into a bedroom or adapt it to have different sprinkler fittings depending on your situation.
Even adapt it with a doorbell to serve as a cheap Wireless driveway buzzer but if you can’t be bothered making one I’ll be giving away some of my hand built prototypes too. Okay let’s build ourselves a cat repellent. Now the primary ingredient for this contraption is stuff well not this much stuff more like this much. Thumbs up more specifically a 12 volt solenoid like so. You can buy them online pretty cheap or you could salvage one from your washing machine. If you do don’t stress they grow back. This one is half-inch o r if your finger gets stuck you know you’ve got the right size. Then from your local hardware store you’re going to need a couple of articulation rises, an end cap, a coupling and a reducing coupling like this.
Check the inside of all your plastic parts because sometimes they’re made pretty crappy like this one which has a big plastic dagger growing inside this tube. Grab your backyard garden hose sprayer trigger, handle spraying thing. Then all you need from this is the plastic adapter in the bottom which you should be able to un-thread. If you can’t it’s because they’ve glued it in because the manufacturer is it cheap and they don’t want to put a rubber washer in there. You can buy them separately but they can cost more than an entire trigger spray yeah the world is stupid you’ll also need a 12 volt power adapter I salvaged this one from a telephone equipment apparently.