Both the BREAKAWAY (Cat) and NON-BREAKAWAY (Dog) buckles look the same in photos, but they function differently. The breakaway type is designed for use in cat collars primarily. It’s also known as the ‘Safety’ or ‘Quick Release’ collar – when pulled, with a decent amount of pressure, the buckle auto-releases to allow the pet to escape to safety. This is important if the cat has its collar stuck on furniture or a fence outside.
To re-iterate, our breakaway buckles look almost identical to the non-breakaway buckles, but they do come apart! Upon receipt of the collar, if you are not satisfied with the force required to release the breakaway then tug at it a few times to trigger the breakaway until it is easier to come apart.
The Non-Breakaway buckle is mostly used for dog collars – it does NOT release when pulled. This buckle requires a human to open it (by pressing in on the side-release mechanism). This is the type of buckle recommended for use with a leash.