Today was Harry Houdini’s 137th birthday and I think that Twiggy has been channeling him recently! Houdini was known for his ability to escape locks and chains but I doubt that even he could get out of a collar quicker than Twiggy does it!
Twiggy has always lost more collars and tags than her sister Twursula. The girls are indoor/outdoor cats so we demand they wear their collars and their tags. The tags only include their name and our phone number. I read somewhere that you should limit the info you put on their tags because cats will leave them wherever and the tag might get found by someone less than scrupulous who doesn’t need your full name, your address and your phone number!
But I digress! I buy the girls break away collars and I order their tags on line by the half dozen. 3 for Twiggy and 3 for Twursula. Twiggy is currently wearing a tag that says Twursula because she keeps coming home naked! Occasionally I will get a call from one of the neighbors that they have found Twiggy’s collar in their yard. But usually I just end up replacing the collar and Twiggy always runs out of tags before Twursula does and it is why I always get backups. We don’t ever want her running around with out that collar!
But this — this is a new Houdini trick that Twiggy has learned. She does it every couple of days and she always does it the house. She prefers to do it in front of you so that she can flaunt her skills. She will put her back foot under the collar and apply just enough force that it falls off or flies a few inches. She will then attack that collar! She will bite it, she will roll on it, she will sit on it. All of this while we watch.
She will also do it at night when she is on the bed with us. I will hear that collar make a certain noise and get up to find it laying on the floor next to the bed. She is very patient about having her collar put back on. She knows she is not allowed out the front door, and Twiggy only uses the front door not the doggy door, until the collar is put on. She is a very talented cat.