Why do cat collars have bells? Find out by reading this comprensive article that has dwelt so much on this topic. What is it with us humans and cats? In almost every house that you go to, you are more likely to find a cute and adorable cat as compared to a kid. It is not only you; I also have one too. The cat charm is just unavoidable.
Enough said about the obnoxious cat population. There is this little issue of cats and bells. What could that be for? Why do cat collars have bells? If you have stayed with an outdoor cat, then you probably have the answers.
The bell on the cat’s neck has nothing to do with “cat fashion”. Don’t think that the cat has a “bling bling” or that cats consider bells as their most expensive jewelry to show off how cool they are.
Cats, collars and bells, what is it all about?
Cats are a bunch of interesting fellows. Sometimes they take us through some weird escapades. It is already past his bedtime, and he is not in the litter box and nowhere to be found. You are then forced to look for him in the backyard, and to your surprise, there he is, just seated and staring at the sky unperturbed of your worries.
There is a way to get around this problem, especially when the Creator was not so generous when awarding brains to cats. Have a bell on the cat’s collar! Whenever the cat struts around, the “ring ring” sound of the bell will tell you exactly where he is.
You might do everything expected of you as a cat owner, but if you do not know where your cat is at any given time, then having a cat should not be a thing for you. A bell will not make you the friend of the century, but the jingle will be a lifesaver when your kitty decides to play chicken with your feelings.
Why should you put a bell on the cat’s collar?
1. To alert garden birds
Apparently, the population of garden birds such as house sparrow, robins, and dunnock is dwindling. Can you guess the culprits? You guessed that right, your cat. You might be wondering why that should be an issue yet cats are natural predators.
Over time, research has shown that nearly 50% of kills by cats are just for fun. The thrill of catching the little birds unaware and snapping their necks is quite appealing to cats. They only consume a 1/3rd of the kills.
This does not help the need to have a balanced, healthy ecosystem. To warn the birds of the imminent danger, have a bell on your cat’s collar. The cat will not be able to sneak on small critters and birds. This does not always work though.
It is like some cats have bigger brain proportions than others. After a day or two of having the bell, they figure out a genius way of getting around undetected. If you do not move your neck as you walk, the bell on your neck will not ring. Wow! Even I couldn’t come up with that. Cunny fellas ha!
2. Tracing your cat
It is common to find cats (or do they find themselves) in very strange places. He could be just chilling on a date with his lady friend from next door or lulling away lazily under/on a tree in your backyard. When it comes to playing hide and seek, nothing beats an outdoor cat at it.
To win this enjoyable game before it even starts, just hang a bell on his collar. Doing so may be an act of cheating when playing the game with your cat, but you are the boss. The boss always wins. If your cat is clever enough, he may convince you to use modern ways of finding him like tying a GPS locator on his neck and not the old fashioned bell method.
Real funny, I tried denying this fact before, but it is true. Some cats love looking cool, and they would rather tolerate the noise of the bell on their necks but keep looking cool. Some of you also find the collar-bell combination really cute on the cat.
A colorful collar and a fancy bell make your cat stand out in the ‘crowd’ (of cats though). It may not be appealing to the cat, but so long as it does to you, you’re good. So depending on the cat’s personality, he may fancy the collar-bell combination or not, but you have the final say as the owner of the cat.
You decided what happens; at least before cats start dominating the world. This is because when the time comes, the cats will be the commanders and we shall all be servants to the cats.
Why your cat should not have a bell?
The topic of cats and bells is one of those with divided opinions. It has both the good sides and the ugly sides. Not as ugly as you are thinking right now, do not overthink. Here are some of the reasons why a bell on your cat is not such a good idea.
1. Makes hunting impossible
Confusing, right? On the one hand you do not want your cat to unnecessarily hunt birds, but still, you want him to get rid of the rodents that can be a nuisance in the house. Doing the latter with a bell on is just impossible.
Rodents would hear the cat coming from a long way out making the efforts futile. What is the point of going to war if your enemy can see you coming and has all your war tactics?
2. The bell is annoying
Even I would not be very pleased with a bell ringing on my neck every time I make a step. The cat will not be pleased either. The jingly object right under his chin can increase his anxiety if he experiences it.
Instead of being jovial and playful around the house as the cat should, he may just sit around contemplating how to get rid of the damn thing and keep cursing you. You may think your cat is trying to come up with some new scientific invention while in the real sense he is just trying figure out how to eliminate the bell.
Having a bell around can also interfere with your cat’s sneaky ways with the girls. There is no way he can to tiptoe to your neighbor’s place without being heard from a ‘mile’ away. This will be very bad for him especially if his hormones decide to take over and he has to deal with the bell on the neck first.
3. It can be a hazard
When pissed off and motivated enough, cats will attempt to get the collar off by force. The only force cats know of is actually chewing the collar or bell off. Do not get me wrong though; this is only true now when they cats have not yet decided to dominate the world.
As of now, the cat will try getting rid of the bell by chewing the collar. When he succeeds, the smaller ball in the bell can dislodge and choke the cat in case he swallows it accidentally. You don’t want your cat’s death to make its way into the cats’ version of “a thousand ways to die.”
Why do cat collars have bells? You should be in a good position now to answer this question well. The main reason for advocating for the bells on cats’ collars is to warn preys, especially garden birds of the imminent doom that is about to befall them. Cats tend to hunt them, mostly for fun and not for consumption, therefore creating an imbalance in the ecosystem.