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Have you seen collars shrink and embed from getting wet? My

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Have you seen collars shrink and embed from getting wet? My cat just went to the vet today with a bad injury/infection from an embedded collar I had to cut off of her. She didn't grow and I know absolutely the collar was not originally put on too tightly nor was it tightened thereafter. She's only worn it for a month. My parents had a similar thing happen to one of their cats years ago but I can't find anything about this on the Internet. Vet acted like she didn't believe me and made me feel awful. I'd never hurt an animal I rescued and bottle fed. It breaks my heart she was hurt by something so random. Please tell me people know this can happen.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.
Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am so sorry to hear about your kitty and your experience. I can certainly imagine some collars, depending on the material there are made of, shrinking. I know that leather collars can shrink if they get wet. I would expect it would be possible with cotton material, if it got wet and then was against an animal's warm skin. I also found this thread about paracord, which I believe is a synthetic material, that someone had shrinkage of their collar with: I am sure it must have been very distressing to see your kitty in pain and even more so to feel your vet did not believe you. I am sorry you did not have a better experience, but I hope your kitty is on the path to recovery now!!! I would consider pre-shrinking any collars in the future if your kitty may be getting wet, to be on the safe side, and checking regularly (which I am sure you will end up doing after this unpleasant experience!
Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Jessica Keay