I recently bought a new collar for Smirnoff from Mog’s Togs. I’ve bought him previous collars at pet stores, but when I saw this one (with my not-so-secret love of Harry Potter), I had to get it. Not to mention I have family in the UK, so I liked the idea of Smirnoff’s collar being British-made.
Even though he’s an indoor-only cat, I’ve always had Smirnoff wear a collar. Certainly, most indoor-only cats don’t need one. (Bacardi doesn’t wear one.) But Smirnoff is a door-dasher, so if he ever did get outside, I want my contact information on him, in addition to his microchip. He also tends to get into a lot of trouble, so the soft tinkle of his collar usually lets me know from the other room when he’s up to no good!
For those of you who aren’t Harry Potter fans, a “Slytherin” is any wizard who belongs to the Slytherin house at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (There are four houses in total.) Slytherins are known for being crafty, sneaky, cunning, resourceful, and ambitious. Many of the books’ antagonists are Slytherins. So naturally, it was fitting for Smirnoff to represent that house. He’s smart, causes trouble, manipulates people into loving him (but only for his own gain), and uses Bacardi as his minion (like having Bacardi catch all the mice in the apartment, and then taking credit for it).
As for Bacardi, he hates wearing a collar, so I guess we’ll never know which Hogwarts house he belongs to. (But he’d probably be a Gryffindor.) 🙂