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A collar is essential whether you have an indoor cat or one who spends time exploring outside. Indoor cats are not as vulnerable as those who venture outside, but a home emergency or simple forgetfulness can result in a dramatic kitty escape. Even if your cat is microchipped, a cat with their name and phone number clearly displayed around their neck is more likely to return home safely.

BestForPets (bestforpets.org) cut, buried, washed, and pulled apart 15 collars to find the best of the bunch for this guide to the best cat collars.

We also asked veterinarians and a cat behavior consultant what to look for in a cat collar and why every kitty needs one. Discover how Insider Reviews tests and investigates pet products.

What to Look for When Buying a Cat Collar

Size

It’s critical to get the right fit so the collar doesn’t fall off and get lost during play, or cause discomfort or injury if it’s too tight. Most collars are adjustable, either with a sliding buckle or multiple punched holes to accommodate different neck sizes. Check the fit on a regular basis, especially for kittens, as they grow quickly in their first few months of life. When adjusting the length of the collar, Glover recommends ensuring that you can fit two fingers between the collar and your cat.

You can use a fabric measuring tape to measure your cat’s neck, or you can use a strip of paper to get the right fit and then lay it flat on a ruler.

Materials

Cat collars are made from a variety of materials, including cotton, hemp, wool, leather, polyester, nylon, and other synthetics. Each has benefits and drawbacks in terms of durability, flexibility, comfort, adjustability, and cleaning ease. Polyester or nylon collars, for example, irritate some cats, which can lead to durability issues when cats scratch at them.

While some synthetic collars use recycled materials, choosing organic cotton or hemp means that your collar will biodegrade more completely once you’re done with it, rather than lingering in a landfill.

If your cat spends time outside after dark, consider a collar made of reflective materials so that they can be seen by cars and cyclists. For kittens who are still growing, a collar that is easily washed and can be adjusted over a wide size range will last the longest.

Ethics in Business

A product can be offered at a low cost and on a global scale, but that convenience can sometimes come at the expense and/or exploitation of a company’s employees. Spend your money with companies that pay their employees a living wage, provide a safe working environment, and give back to the communities that help them grow and succeed whenever possible. These ideals are frequently referred to as “fair trade.”

Some third-party organizations, such as Fair for Life, independently verify and certify fair trade practices, so look for mentions and/or seals on company packaging and websites. However, keep in mind that some organizations have restrictions, while others simply issue certifications in exchange for membership fees, so do your homework if you truly want to shop fair trade.

Check out a company’s website’s “About” section for information on their environmental and social responsibilities. This is frequently where they will list their fair trade practices and any third-party certifications, as well as charitable programs in which they participate, such as 1 percent for the Planet. Many pet supply companies donate products or financial support to animal shelters and hospitals. Choose companies and manufacturers that reflect your own environmental and social ethics whenever possible.

Reviews

The most effective breakaway cat collar

Rogz Nightcat Cat Collar is the most adaptable we tested, thanks to its adjustable breakaway buckle and reflective exterior.

For cats, all three experts we consulted agreed that a breakaway collar — a collar with a buckle that comes apart when force is applied — is preferable. “The breakaway collars are truly the safest for the animal,” said Lindsey Renzullo, an associate medical director at Bulger Veterinary Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts. “If they get stuck on something, they can get it off if they pull hard enough.” The ideal breakaway collar is one that comes apart when your kitty gets into a dangerous situation but stays buckled during less intense adventures.

The Rogz Nightcat Cat Collar is ideal for cats of all sizes and activity levels, thanks to its unique breakaway buckle that can be adjusted to come apart with light, medium, or heavy pressure. Rogz collars are the most versatile of those we looked at, thanks to a highly reflective exterior that is easily visible in low light and an adjustable length. The Rogz Nightcat proved to be both durable and easy to clean during our testing. The 3/8-inch wide collar is available in three colors and includes a removable bell.

The most effective reflective cat collar

When the sun goes down, the Pawtitas Glow in the Dark Cat Collar emits light, making cats more visible.

Cats are nearly invisible to drivers after dark. They have a better chance of being seen if they wear a reflective collar. Even better is a collar that glows in the dark, allowing it to be seen even when no headlights are shining on it.

The Pawtitas Glow in the Dark Cat Collar shone the brightest out of the bunch. A ribbon of lightly patterned reflective material sewn onto 3/8-inch wide ripstop nylon webbing gives it a vibrant glow. The Pawtitas collar performed admirably in our fray, soak, and clean tests. It’s also adjustable in length, has a breakaway buckle, and a removable bell. The Pawtitas Glow in the Dark Collar is available in eight different colors.

The most effective personalized cat collar

Your pet’s name and phone number are sewn right into the GoTags Personalized Breakaway Cat Collar.

ID tags are prone to falling off, but a personalized collar embroidered with your cat’s name and phone number is more likely to stay put. “If your kitty becomes lost, having as many forms of identification as possible may help them be returned to you,” said veterinarian Gabrielle Fadl, medical director at Bond Vet in New York City. If your cat is sensitive to wearing things around their neck, a personalized collar may be more comfortable than dangling, jingling tags.

The GoTags Personalized Breakaway Cat Collar is made of tough nylon and can be personalized with up to 21 letters and numbers. You can choose from 5 different colors and 14 different embroidery thread colors for the 1/2-inch wide collar. In our testing, the GoTags Personalized Collar performed admirably, with minimal fraying and only mild lingering odors after soaking in vinegar. It is adjustable in length, has a breakaway buckle, and a detachable bell.

The most effective GPS cat collar

Tractive’s Dog and Cat GPS Tracker locates your pet in real time and records their preferred routes and destinations.

GPS trackers are an easy way to keep track of your outdoor cat’s daily activities and to help you find them if they go missing. While none of the experts we spoke with expressed major concerns about the weight or bulkiness of a tracker, a 2014 study published in the journal Wildlife Research suggests that a cat tracker should never be more than 2% of a cat’s body mass. Even if it is light enough, not every cat will tolerate a tracker. “When in doubt about what’s comfortable and healthy for your specific cat, consult your vet,” Fadl says.

We liked the Tractive Dog and Cat GPS Tracker because it tracked routes more accurately and identified a pet’s location in real time than the Whistle Go Explore. The Tractive app is also easier to use, and both the tracker and the subscription plan, which starts at $4.99 per month, are less expensive. In addition, the tracker had a longer battery life than its competitor. Although the device is large, it only weighs 1.28 ounces and has a lower profile, making it less likely to get caught on passing objects than the Whistle, which sticks out more.

The most effective cat calming collar

The Calming Pheromone Cat Collar from Comfort Zone emits pheromones that help your cat relax.

Calming pheromones have been shown in both cats and dogs to reduce stress and unwanted behaviors. Calming collars for cats are infused with a synthetic version of the pheromone emitted by a mother cat while nursing her babies. When worn, the collar gradually releases its calming power with each rubbing against the fur.

The Comfort Zone On-the-Go Calming Cat Collar was chosen as the best calming collar. This collar is daintier and easier to adjust than its competitor, and it is secured much like a watch band, preventing it from flopping around or sticking out. Pressure on the collar in an emergency causes the ridges to break free from their holes and the buckle to come undone. The On-the-Go Calming Collar is unscented and has a 30-day shelf life. It is only available in one color: white.

How to Adjust a Cat Collar

Choosing a cat collar is only half the battle; cat owners must also understand how to properly fit it.

Measure your cat’s neck before purchasing a cat collar to ensure the proper fit. While many cat collars are one-size-fits-all, some brands offer a variety of sizes. A proper fit is critical for your cat’s comfort and safety, so don’t buy a collar that is too big or too small.

A poorly fitting collar can cause a variety of problems, ranging from hair loss due to rubbing to strangulation.

Unless you’re purchasing a collar that is specifically sized for your cat’s neck, it’s best to go with an adjustable collar. Adjust the collar to fit snugly, but keep it loose enough that you can fit 1 to 2 fingers between the collar and your cat’s neck, according to International Cat Care.

If it’s too loose, your cat’s leg might get stuck in it, or the collar might get caught on something and cause a dangerous situation.

A Few Words on Collar Safety

You should never walk your cat while wearing a collar. We recommend using a cat harness when taking your cat for a walk.

Cat harnesses are made to keep your cat safe in a variety of ways. Not only are they more effective at preventing escape, but they also distribute pressure across your cat’s chest and back rather than concentrating it all on his neck.

FAQs

Is it true that putting a bell on my cat’s collar prevents them from killing birds and other wildlife?

“Putting a bell on our cat’s collar can reduce the amount of prey it catches significantly,” Glover says. “Birds and mice can hear the bell ring from afar and flee before your cat attacks.”

Belling a cat can reduce the amount of prey it catches by nearly half, according to research.

However, you must ensure that the bell is not causing any harm to your cat. Cats who are prone to anxiety or fearfulness may be alarmed by the added noise, so make sure your cat appears relaxed when you first introduce the bell. Consider a separate accessory, such as the Birdsbesafe Collar Cover, which can alert birds to your cat’s presence.

Some of the smartest cats will figure out how to remove the bell, prevent it from ringing, or change their hunting style to account for it. However, this is unusual.

Make sure the volume of the bell isn’t too loud, as it can interfere with your cat’s hearing if it’s too close to their ears.

 

Are collars harmful to cats?

“If you decide to put a collar on your cat, you must also accept full responsibility for your cat’s comfort and regularly check the collar tightness to loosen the collar in time,” Glover says. “There were numerous cases of cat owners forgetting to loosen their cats’ collars, which resulted in serious injuries.”

Breakaway collars are recommended for cats who spend time outside, especially if their owners are not present. Non-breakaway collars can become entangled in branches or fences, preventing the cat from escaping and returning home.

 

Should collars be worn by indoor cats?

You never know when your indoor cat might wander outside. Whether a visitor leaves the door ajar, a screen falls off a window, or your cat flees as you’re leaving, some form of identification is required. “All cats should wear collars with their owners’ information,” Glover insists. “It will notify anyone who finds your stray cat that it is not a stray and must be returned to you.”

 

What details should I include on a cat’s collar or tag?

The majority of collars include the ability to attach a tag. Include a cell phone number that you check on a regular basis. A name on the tag will also come in handy if you ever need to put out a call for your missing feline friend on a poster or social media. Consider your address, any medical needs or allergies your pet may have, and whether or not they have a microchip.

Conclusion

Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for spending your time reading thus far. BestForPets (bestforpets.org) has created this page in the hopes that it will assist you in selecting the best cat collars.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher

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