LifestyleWhy your cat's bell collar could be more harmful than helpful

Why your cat's bell collar could be more harmful than helpful

Pay attention to your cat's collar.
Pay attention to your cat's collar.
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8:05 AM EST, February 1, 2024

Should we choose simple, colorful, or patterned ones? Nowadays, a wide variety of accessories are available for dogs and cats. Nevertheless, it's crucial to ensure that the chosen accessory is suitable for our beloved pet before purchasing.

Which Type of Collar You Shouldn't Buy for a Cat

Surprisingly, one detrimental accessory for our cats is a collar with a bell. While it might appear charming, adorning our feline's neck with it may cause potential problems.

A bell-adorned collar may seem like a practical choice for an outdoor cat due to its hunting nature. The bell rings whenever the cat makes a move, possibly deterring prey. However, this accessory carries more cons than pros. Most importantly, a collar with a bell can endanger a cat. The continual ringing doesn't just warn potential prey but can also attract predators. As responsible pet owners, we should strive to minimize any risk that could harm our cat. The sound of the bell can potentially muffle any warning signs of incoming danger.

Additionally, the persistent, high-pitched ringing can be extremely bothersome and may lead to behavioral changes. A once-calm pet might become aggressive and agitated. Any activity that creates noise - such as eating or using the litter box - might upset the cat. Living in consistent stress is detrimental in numerous ways. Notably, the constant noise can impair the cat's hearing.

It's also worth noting that cats, by nature, are hunters and derive pleasure from successful hunts. A collar bell can alert potential prey, hampering the cat's hunting ability. This also applies to toys - they should provide realistic play scenarios so that the cat can enjoy them fully.

Is a Collar Necessary for a Cat?

A collar isn't necessary for every cat. It mainly benefits outdoor cats, as leashes can be easily attached to them. Nonetheless, a collar can serve other functions that might be helpful for your cat. Here are some ways in which a cat collar can prove useful:

  • Attaching an address tag with the owner's information
  • Serving various purposes, such as acting against parasites
  • Indicating that the cat is not stray but has an owner
Cat with a collar
Cat with a collar© Adobe Stock
Cat with a collar
Cat with a collar© Adobe Stock
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