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Bleach collars

Like what people do with their hair...
 
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For dark colored cats - Cats hate wearing collars. But they should be recognizable as being owned.

So, make disposable single use bleaching solution-impregnated straps. To use, you take said strap out of packaging, rap around neck, and hold for a second. You then do whatever else you need to do to bleach hair, including rinsing.

You could also make different shapes so that (odd) people could have "personalized" cats.

my-nep, Jan 11 2004

Paint cats http://www.whypaintcats.com/
Actually, don't do that either. [waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Don't try this at home http://pya.cc/pyaimg/img/2003122514.wmv
Try it on your neighbo(u)r's cat instead [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       sorry to ruin the idea...but you cannot use bleach on animals. Their pores are so big in comparison to ours that the bleach is absorbed too quickly, so that by the time you have it on long enough to bleach the hair, then does damage to them. Now if you want to half bake a counter-part to this that is animal hair dye/bleach that would change the consistancy of hair dye for the differences to pets..then this may work. but don't get me wrong, it is still a fun idea..
babyhawk, Jan 11 2004
  

       If I read this idea correctly, the bleach would be held against the fur by strips, so the issue of injury to skin would seem to be minimized. I was imagining something akin to the bleach strips for teeth that are popular now. Don't know about bathing the residue off. I remember a horrible incident trying to trim a cat's claws. [I never knew that a cat could bite through welding gloves. But who knew?] I would imagine that a cat may protest the bath after the bleach.   

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Klaatu, Jan 11 2004
  

       i am not sure what the bleach strips for teeth contain when it comes to the bleach content, so i don't know if the danger still applies.....i was thinking it was just hair bleach.....sorry if i jumped to conclusions. I am not sure if my arguement still applies. I just want it to be safe for the animals.
babyhawk, Jan 11 2004
  

       Please do not bleach cats.   

       Paint them instead.
waugsqueke, Jan 11 2004
  

       Branding irons?
Klaatu, Jan 11 2004
  

       Tie-dyed kitty?
Klaatu, Jan 12 2004
  

       A brush with peroxide works fine on black cats. I did it once by accident. I'm not sure if the cat will let you draw a line around its neck. The one that got in the way of my cleaning activities just had a white streak for one season.
kbecker, Jan 12 2004
  

       3 of my cats really cannot be bothered whether they have a collar or not - the other one would maim you if you even said the word!
po, Jan 12 2004
  

       Another prob is that cats are likely to clean the area where the bleach was and run the risk on ingesting traces of chemicals. Not nice.   

       [humanbean] Of course not! They just humerously condescend to tolerate us.
squeak, Jan 12 2004
  

       I have noticed, squeak's armless
po, Jan 12 2004
  

       I think the official method of figuring out if the cat has a person and who that person is, is to head for the door, go out to the mail box and read off some names. Thems the people. Otherwise trace the leash up from the collar to a hand and ask the person their name and what they call this cute little cat. If either of these methods is not available, you are looking at a stray.   

       Ask a vet. No such thing as an "outdoor cat." Even neutered it is a menace to the birds in your neighborhood and is running the risk of catching that terrible immune disease that is raging in the cat population. Even if you could get it to work it would be doing no good service to the cat population because it would maintain the fiction of the outdoor cat.
DadManWalking, Jan 15 2004
  

       I forsee an annotation by 8th of 7 that contains the term "branding iron".
krelnik, Jan 15 2004
  
      
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