Cara & Mia are pleased to announce that their lovely needlepoint collars are, at long last, back from the finishers! Creation of these collars was a new challenge for Stitch by Stitch's finishers, but I am proud and thrilled with the result.
Cat collars, for those of you who may not know, MUST for safety reasons be break away. I did some internet research to find the correct hardware to create these collars for my girls. Cats have a tendency to get themselves into small spaces where they just might get their collars caught on something, which could have a very bad ending. Therefore, all cat collars must either be elastic (so they can come over the cat's head when pulled) or come apart easily when pulled (and not pulled that hard, either). Cara & Mia are small cats, neither of them weighing more than 7 lbs (Cara coming in at 5.8), so a collar mounted on leather would have weighed them down. You can see the special breakaway hardware in the photos.
I am so proud of what was done. The cats are thrilled with their new looks. The collars were specially painted for them, as I wanted them to be thinner than the usual dog collar; these are less than 3/4" wide. Cara's has a light green Vineyard Silk background, to match her eyes; Mia's has a beautiful blue background, to match her eyes. Neither one of them wanted to pose with their eyes open; in fact, Mia closed hers completely!
I have been told that there isn't as much demand for cat collars; somehow I find this hard to believe! In any event, I am so happy that Stitch by Stitch got this done with their efforts & that of their finishers! Excellent!!
PS: A lot of you have asked, so I am actually putting my comment here too, for those who don't read the comments. It's for the safety of the beloved kitties:
To all interested in cat collars; check with your LNS. There are plenty of dog collars; see if you find one you like, & they can ask the artist to make it narrower & maybe longer if necessary (my girls are petite, I had them 1/2" & about 12" or so long). Depends on the size of your cat. Take into account that with breakaway collars there is some foldover.
It is IMPERATIVE that you get the collars finished with break away clasps. DO NOT use regular buckles. Your cat can be strangled by a regular buckle collar. Stitch by Stitch was able to get their finisher to make them correctly; I did send them an old collar to study.