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Sentry Calming Collar for Cats
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- Proven to modify behavioral problems in cats due to stress and fear
- Helps cats and kittens feel safe and secure
- One collar releases pheromones for up to 30 days Safe and effective
- Lavender chamomile fragrance
- US and International patents pending
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SENTRY Calming Collar for Cats
SENTRY Calming Collars use patented good behavior pheromone technology. Using a pheromone that mimics the one mother cats produce to calm their kittens, the collars are clinically proven to reduce or eliminate stress-related behavior such as inappropriate marking, destructive behavior, clawing and anti-social behavior. Collars help alleviate problem behaviors triggered by travel, thunderstorms, fireworks and new social situations. This collar continues to release calming pheromones to your cat for 30 days. It can be used for cats of all ages and breeds without long-term side effects.
- Proven to effectively modify behavioral problems in cats due to stress and fear
- Releases pheromones for up to 30 days
- Helps cats and kittens feel safe and secure
- Safe and effective
- Can be used without long-term side effects
- Lavender chamomile fragrance
Directions for Use:
Place collar around cat’s neck, adjust to fit cat’s neck comfortably. The collar must be worn loosely to allow for growth of the cat and to permit the collar to move about the neck. Generally, a properly fitted collar is one that, when fastened, will snugly slide over cat’s head. Leave 2 or 3 inches for extra adjustment. Cut off the excess portion of the collar. The collar is designed to release powder when applied, which will activate the pheromone technology. When fresh collars are stretched out they may have a powder coating. This powder is primarily a carrier for the pheromone technology and not the pheromone technology itself. This powder is not harmful to animals. Wash hands after placing collar on cat. The effects of one collar last up to 30 days. Seal collar in plastic bag when not in use to prolong the effect.
How Quickly Will The Cat Respond Once The Sentry Calming Collar Is On?
When the collar is placed around the neck of the cat, the perception of the pheromones by the cat is immediate. However, as in every behavior program, the visible improvement in specific behaviors may require some time, depending on a variety of factors: the cat, the nature, duration and severity of the problem, and behavior modification (cat and owner). Usually, an improvement in specific behaviors is seen during the first two weeks after wearing the collar, but some cats may require a month to exhibit visible improvement.
3 pack of safety release breakaway 30 day collars - fit cats with up to 15 neck. Effectively modifies stress-related behavior that may occur during travel thunderstorms fireworks and new social interaction. Release pheromones for up to 30 days.
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It's not user error. It's a careless, negligent manufacturing flaw that should have been fixed long ago. It's stiff, with a horrible buckle, and extremely difficult to adjust after you put it on. It also stretches out pretty quickly.
Your cat WILL get its mouth caught in it eventually. All they have to do is bend their neck down to clean themselves, eat, whatever, and they're caught like a horse with a bit in its mouth.
Once that happens, you're dealing with a panicked, fighting cat. She'll run, and she'll hide, and trying to catch her becomes a battle. Once you catch her, it gets worse.
You probably know what it's like to try and hold a cat just to clip its nails. Add her sheer panic and pain, and then YOUR own panic (and then pain) as you try to pull this stiff, non-breaking collar over her head, or away from her neck long enough to cut it. Done it. Twice. Not fun. And she didn't get over it for days.
I tried a dozen different ways to make it safer - adding elastic, tying the ends to breakaway buckles scrounged from an old collar, but she still got caught. Nothing worked.
But then I finally figured it out.
All you need is a regular safety (breakaway) cat collar, three very thin zip ties, and a pair of scissors.
1) Cut the calming collar's ridiculous buckle off and curse it as you send it to Hades. Take the rest of the calming collar and cut it in half (or thirds if you have a small cat) - all you need is enough to go around the front of the cat's neck.
2) Use tiny zip ties to bind the calming collar to the OUTSIDE of the regular collar in at least three places - the middle and at both ends (pictures attached) and with the nubs facing away from her neck so they don't poke her.
3) Cut off the rest of the zip ties as close as you can. I usually file or sand the little nubs left if they're sharp.
4) Put the collar on your cat and fit it correctly - you shouldn't be able to get more than two fingers between the cat's neck and the collar.
This fix solves both major problems with the calming collar, a) the danger of it getting caught in her mouth, since it now fits correctly and has a true breakaway buckle, and b) the loss of fur and/or irritation of the skin, because there's very little contact with the cat's neck.
On top of all that, you'll save a lot of money because you're able to make at least two collars out of one, since you're cutting it in half or smaller. I actually get six, because my cat is so tiny I had to cut the collar in half lengthwise too to fit the regular collar (see pics). Just keep the extra pieces in a sandwich baggie till you need them so the pheromones stay active.
Hope this helps, because the collar really does work. But I think someone should sue the crap out of Sentry because this collar is so dangerous and they know it. I'm surprised there hasn't been a class action against them considering the number of cats hurt.
If you have any questions, just let me know. Good luck!
A couple of notes - I think you get a good 3 weeks max out of the collar - not a month. Also - there is a noticeable smell (lavendar) but it didn't bother me.
Finally - there are a lot of reviews warning about the danger of the collars getting caught. I was worried about this, so here is what I did. I made a scrunchie type collar with elastic on the inside that I can slip on and that can easily slip off if the cat gets it caught on something. On the inside I cut a small slit and where I inserted two smaller cut sections of the calming collar. The collar comes in a longer length that must be cut to size anyway. This way allows you to use just part of the collar, so I was able to use the rest on the 2nd cat. Two for one, and it eliminates the safety concern. It also might eliminate any rash or skin sensitivety issues the cat might have, since the calming collar is not touching their skin directly this way. I've attached a picture to give you an idea.
Bottom line - These collars are definitely worth it if you have stressed or aggressive cats.
Background: We have two 12 yr old altered littermates, one male and one female. No real issues with either one, except occasional peeing and pooping outside the litterbox. About 2 weeks ago we added a third kitty, a 3 month old neutered male. The 12 yr olds hate him and are quite stressed out, even with a gradual introduction of the new kitten. In researching strategies for adding a new member to a cat family, I came across calming collars, Feliway diffusers and calming chews.
First tried the Feliway, but because of so many negative reviews regarding it being a fire hazard, I used one reviewer's tip of putting reed fragrance diffuser sticks into the refill bottle and just letting it sit out, rather than using it in the plug-in diffuser. Because it is fragrance free, I have no idea if the cats are aware of it and didn’t really notice any difference. I was hoping for instant success, which didn’t happen. Almost immediately, I decided to order the Sentry Calming Collars. Again, because of so many negative reviews mainly because cats are getting injured while getting their bottom jaw caught on them, I was really interested in the suggestions some of the other reviewers gave on how they adapted the collars to make them safely useable. I do want to note that several years ago one of our cats got her bottom jaw caught on a standard breakaway collar and the same thing happened, it did not break open and she panicked and could have easily been badly hurt if I hadn’t been home at the time to rescue her. I will never again make the mistake of having the collar too loose, thinking one finger width is just too tight. Cats do not really like wearing collars and will do whatever they can to get them off, and they can wriggle those tiny jaws in the smallest gap.
Since the cats now have “bikini” collars – they are a lot like friendship bracelets with a breakaway feature, which I ordered on Amazon - I had to think of an option that would work with these type of thin collars. Here is what I did: I cut a scrap of polyester knit fabric (for strong wear) 4 ½” by 2 3/8”, and made them based on the same method as you’d make an “envelope” pillow cover (you can Google it for step by step). I then hand sewed two snaps on the long open edge, and hand sewed ½” plastic carbone rings on the short ends. The rings may not be necessary, but I already had them on hand and was hoping they would prevent the pouch from twisting. Next I cut a section of the Sentry Calming Collar to fit into the pouch (I can cut 4 equal length sections from one collar), snapped it closed, and then I slid the rings onto the ends of the collar (see pic). I then put the collars on the cats and readjusted the size so they wouldn’t be too tight with the added bulk of the pouch. When I was satisfied with the sizing, I took the collars back off the cats and hand stitched (whip stitch) the pouch to the collar. The breakaway feature is not affected at all, the pouch can easily be unsnapped to replace the section of Sentry Calming Collar and they are nice and soft and don’t irritate the cat as much as a hard collar would. You can see in the pic the collars do get scratched at and a bit snagged, so I will probably have to restitch the pouch to the collar at some of the point - didn't have the right color of an upholstery thread on hand.
But do they work to calm the cats? The first day, after all that work to make two little pouches, they didn’t seem to make one bit of difference. I wasn’t sure if they were just not going to work for my cats or if the fabric acted as a barrier, or if it will just take a while to see any results. The second day they did seem to be slightly more tolerant of the kitten, and today seems to be even a little better. So, no instant change, but I am happy with a little better each day.
As far as the scent, it is very pleasant and not overwhelming at all. Not sure if we got lucky or if other reviewers are super sensitive, but nothing offensive about the smell at all.
Fingers crossed that it just keeps getting better. I also ordered the calming chews, but haven’t gotten them yet. I don’t want to take any chances any one of the cats will become stressed to the point of marking/spraying all over the house.
Update 7-3-2015: I believe the collars are helping relieve the stress of the new kitten in the household. No instant bonding, but a definite differance in the older cats' tolerance toward the kitten, snd no litterbox problems. They will play with him some, I've seen some nose rubbing, and they'll now allow him to eat in his own dish right next to them -- far cry from the pre-collar days. Also, the little pouches I made are working out well and don't seem to bother the cats at all. We did order the calming treats, but they won't eat them (they are very picky about treats). So yes, I would definitely recommend the calming collars with sone type of safety modification -- there are a few besides my own that you can find within the reviews of this product.