kingtaco asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

Bells on cat collars?

Just wondering everyones opinions on having a bell collar. I had one on my kitten when he was younger, then put one back on him recently to keep track of were he is and to hear him when he's outside my screen door.

He spends a lot of time outside too, and I think it's good for him to kill mice around here (they're everywere and I've taken away his sneak attack with the collar).

Does it cause undue stress to a cat to have a bell collar?

Update:

I was just curious. It seems when I take it off him he seems happier and seems really annoyed when it's on. The same way he seems annoyed when a stranger comes up and pets him. Kind of crouching down and being hyper-attentive.

I don't like him attacking birds, but there's a mice problem around here and if he gets the chance to exercise that hunting instinct then good for him.

And to the last comment, were I live it's perfectly safe to let him out whenever he wants.

Update 2:

Second to last comment now.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A fact sheet put out by the Mammal Society but unfortunately no longer available on their website showed that putting bells on cats does not limit their hunting ability, in fact belled cats in one particular study caught more wildlife than their unbelled equivalents. Some reasons given were that belled cats learn to move even more stealthily, the bells are not loud enough to alert wildlife of danger anyway, and inertia holds the clanger stationary and therefore silent when the cat makes the final attacking leap. At least two other studies have highlighted that the belling of cats has no effect on number of birds caught. "The efficiency of fitting cats with bells is contentious. Barrette (1998), found that belling of cats has no significant effect on the amount of prey caught

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  • 3 years ago

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  • 3 years ago

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    5 years ago

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    Bells on cat collars?

    Just wondering everyones opinions on having a bell collar. I had one on my kitten when he was younger, then put one back on him recently to keep track of were he is and to hear him when he's outside my screen door.

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  • 4 years ago

    Personally I think it is incredibly cruel. Cats hearing is much more acute than humans.. Most people would not want to wear a bell around their neck. The hysteria over cats is ridiculous. I have owned cats that never caught birds. They sleep 16 hours per day for starters. Birds do not just sit and wait for the cat to catch them, they mostly fly away! It amazes me how humans never learn from past mistakes not to interfere in nature. Cats were created for a reason, would we rather be invaded with rats and mice? The wildlife in my area have not suffered from cats and there are plenty of them. Maybe we should be considering the damage humans do to the world, it is far greater than anything a cat will ever do!

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  • Lily
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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    My cat wears a bell collar, and she seems completely unaffected by it. I have another cat that hates having any type of collar on though, and always finds a way to remove it herself. I doubt it has many bad side effects if any at all.

    My vet also does not seem phased by it at all when she sees the bell collar on my cat. I'd say it depends on your cat. If he doesn't like it I'm sure he'll let you know.

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  • Quonx.
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    All of my cats have had a bell collar at one point, especially when they were kittens. That's when they used to play with the bell, try to get it off, et cetera. As they grew older, they got used to it, 'cept one cat of mine.

    I would prefer not to have a bell collar, because I do think it annoys the cats. I would not have the collar on when they're sleeping or sick. I have personalized collars with my address and contact number instead. If a cat wants to come in, they usually scratch the door or jump on the window.

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  • 6 years ago

    Experimental studies where cats were equipped with bells show a decrease between 30 and 50% in the number of preys but surveys show that bells have little effect on predatory behaviour. It seems that it's a question of habitude and that people tend to bell their cat more if they are skilled hunters

    http://goo.gl/VZRQwd

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  • 5 years ago

    Both of my cats in my life have had bells on their collars, but it seems a moot point, since their name and vaccination tags make more noise than the bells. My pet mice don t seem affected by the noise, but that may be because I have trained my cats not to hurt or stalk my mice and I ve desensitized my mice to the presence of my cat. Also, my cat isn t allowed near my mice (e.g. - in my room) unless I m nearby.

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