Nugget’s insane injury probably could have been avoided simply by wearing a different type of collar. Quick-release collars are designed to snap open when tugged with enough force, to help avoid injuries if an animal becomes stuck. Collars that are designed not to release without human help can lead to struggle and panic, and eventually, horrible injuries like the one Nugget endured.
“All too often we get called to cats that have become injured due to a collar, as there are too many dangerous collars on sale,” Alice Potter, a cat welfare expert with the RSPCA, said in a press release. “We would strongly advise against purchasing a collar with buckles that don’t snap open, or collars made from elastic. If the collar gets caught on something, the cat may try to free itself by using its foot. The most reliable way to identify your cat is to have them microchipped rather than having a collar and tag which may fade over time, or hinder them when they explore.”