A kitten is collared by an adult cat, a policeman collars an unruly youth.
I wanted this piece to reflect a whole host of meanings, other than just taking it at face value. To me it established the adult as the one who should be respected and who the youth should look up to, as they have more life experience and wisdom. The London riots comes to mind, in which many youths were involved, and demonstrated such disregard for the law, and instilled fear into many elderly people. In many societies this probably would have been nipped in the bud early on so it didn’t get out of hand by the more senior citizens.