Orange has always been one of my favorite colors. It’s bright, happy and easily noticeable. An orange cat collar always seemed like a good idea but with this unique item it gets even better!
What’s this all about?
It’s a nifty product brought to you by the team behind a product I’m less keen about. The card game Exploding Kittens. Call me old-fashioned but exploding and kittens are just two words that don’t mix well for me. Matthew Inman, the cartoonist behind the Oatmeal is also a member of the Exploding Kittens team. Having read his hateful column about feral cats, I can see how he would be involved with a project making fun of cat abuse.
But I digress. Let’s forget about the silly card game and focus on the collars.
Orange is the black
The idea behind this project is simple. Take a bright color that’s hard to miss and build an association between that color and the fact that a cat isn’t supposed to be outside.
The problem – as stated on the project page – is that people who see a cat wandering about in their neighborhood don’t usually intervene. If they see a strange dog on their street, they’ll assume it’s lost and may try to help. With a cat, they’re more likely to assume it’s just an outside cat having a longer-than-usual afternoon stroll.
That’s why a lost indoor-only cat is far less likely to get help, compared to a dog. Unless it’s very obviously a purebred cat, people aren’t likely to notice it. Which is what the Kitty Convict project is trying to change by creating a signal that tells people this cat should not be wandering outside on her own.
It’s going to take some time but I think this has a chance of working.
Scarves are generally not very practical. I hate to be negative about party hats but I have my doubts about them as well. The real solution lies with getting an orange cat collar.
The Kitty Convict project teamed up with GoTags – a known and valued brand in the cat collar business – to create two types of collars. You can choose a collar with name tags or an embroidered collar. Both are fully personalized, of course, so they have your cat’s name and your phone number on them.
Check out the product on Amazon and let me know what do you think.
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