Paper Collar
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The Paper Collar is a concept that has been circling animal rescue groups for a while now and we though we would share the clever idea with you.


Global (24 November 2021) – Cats can be cunning creatures and often make themselves at home in homes that do not belong to them. It is often heard of cats adopting families by just showing up and never leaving. This is why the Paper Collar concept was created.

If a cat shows up near your home or place of work and seems to linger, placing a paper collar is a great way to find out if they have a home or are really in need of a human’s assistance.

The harmless act would help in two ways, firstly, you would notify the owner of the cat that their pet is wondering and if nobody comes to claim the cat, you could be the reason a cat gets off the streets. Heartwarming stuff!

The reason the collar needs to be paper is so that it doesn’t cause the cat any harm along its adventures. It is the same reason if your cat wears a collar, that it is a fast release collar so they don’t get trapped in it.

How a Paper Collar works.

  • Take a strip of paper and add wording along the lines of: “Is this your cat? If so, call or WhatsApp (add your contact details).”
  • Attach a small piece of tape to the end of the paper strip so you are ready when the cat is within reach. Don’t cover the entire collar with tape. For the cat’s safety it needs to be easily torn off if it gets caught on something.
  • Make sure that the tape doesn’t stick to the cat’s fur.
  • If the cat is friendly, place the strip around its neck with the writing showing, leaving plenty of slack (you should be able to place two fingers beneath it).
  • You may need to make a new collar if the first one comes off. If the cat returns and you haven’t received any calls, attach a new collar.
  • If you still don’t get any feedback, take the cat to your local vet to scan for a microchip. At the same time, take good photos featuring key markings and create a found poster for your community group.

These actions make a difference! Remember the story of the stray cat the ended up finding its owner after two years? If you missed it, read it here.

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