Most cats are very quiet, and sometimes as owners, we want to know where they are so we can take care of them. You may think that a bell is a good idea, but… do you know if that bell around the cat’s neck is harmful?
Have you ever found it strange that cats have a bell on the front of the neck? Surely you thought there was a reason why some cats wear them. Let’s do a review on the pros and cons of using this object with our animals.
Everyone agrees that bells are a good idea to know that our cat is nearby. Also, when it comes to leaving them alone in the yard, it means that it is easier to prevent the presence of mice, birds, or similar plagues since our cats drive them away with the sound of the bell.
Felines have a hearing that is not found in other animals, the unique characteristics of their ears allow them to hear sounds with great clarity. Unfortunately, the repetitive sound of the bell causes your cat to lose this ability, decreasing their hearing capabilities over time.
If we don’t take care of them, the bell could even cause them a lot of distress. The more they hear the noise of the bell, the more they will cry and feel scared, causing them a lot of stress.
Another problem with collars and leashes is that they are very uncomfortable for the animal and do not allow it to scratch properly. So sometimes you will see how the cat will try to remove the collar with the bell to be able to do it naturally.
What are the alternatives to collar bells?
While some owners prefer their cats to have the sound on at all times, this is annoying and uncomfortable for them. If what you want is to have an identifier for your cat, use collars with plates so that it is recognizable regardless of whether it is inside or outside the house. Or if you just don’t want to lose track of him, remember that cats’ behavior is extremely independent, so ideally you should give him his space and build trust in your relationship to get to know your cat’s routine.
There is a wide variety of collars, such as identifiers, antiparasitic collars, and even some of them integrate a chip so you can know where your cat is. Always remember that it is not necessary to use a rattle and unfairly harm him.
If you are still not convinced if your cat is ready to use bells or not, talk to your trusted veterinarian to examine your pet’s hearing health and give you some tips.
Be careful with the devices your cat uses daily, making sure you make the best decisions for their well-being. To follow the best habits, be sure to read our Kitten Care section. And share with us in the comments, what kind of collar does your cat wear?