Loud tinkling with every movement and a constant feeling of constriction: this means a collar with a cat bell. Cat owners should urgently refrain from expecting their kittens to do so, for good reasons:

1. Bells mean constant exposure to sensitive cat ears

Cats have very sensitive ears and perceive sounds in the frequency range of 50 to 60 Hz. Humans, on the other hand, only up to 20 Hz. The sound of bells is therefore much louder for cats than for cats. human beings. A neck bell means for the cat continuous loud sound and greatly disturbs the animals. This is comparable to tinnitus in humans.

2. Collars can be life-threatening for cats

Not only are collars extremely annoying to cats, they can also injure or even kill them. It happens again and again that cats are in the bushes strangle with his collartrying to get rid of the collar get caught on your leg or get stuck during cleaning. Without help, they can usually no longer free themselves in such situations, resulting in severe injury, necessary amputations, or death. Collars that are too tight can also cause inflammation.

3. Bells do not protect birds from cats

Collar bells on cats are often used because they are believed to be able to protect the birds the cat hunts. But that’s not true at all!

The bells are even closer counterproductive: Birds have their own sounds that they use to warn each other of dangers. Young birds that are not yet able to fly (so well), for example, crouch down due to these warning signs and remain motionless on the ground. However, they do not perceive the bell as a warning sign, rather they just scare the birds away. So they are more likely to be the cat’s prey than without a bell.

Cat collars are simply not needed, not even for address labels or the like. Because that’s what tattoos and microchips are for. We advise you to do without the collar in principle, because it annoys cats (even without a bell) and is life-threatening! Collars with safety locks are also not secure enough.
Collar bells do not protect birds from cats.© Nadine Haase-stock.adobe.com

Colored ruffs as an alternative to collars with bells?

Colored fabric gorgets have been offered for some time now, which is supposed to be the best alternative to bell collars. The bright colors are meant to visually alert the birds to the cats.

According to one study, cats with this ruff actually bring home fewer prey. However, this does not mean that fewer birds are actually caught, because the prey that cats don’t bring home is not recorded.

But are these ruffs really friends with cats? With the bellless gorget, the annoying aspect of constant sound is permanently eliminated. However, this does not automatically mean that it is suitable for cats. Because the gorget also tightens the cat and can be extremely annoying. In addition, it cannot be ruled out that the cat may get injured, strangled or tangled with the ruff.

Birds protect without a collar or cat collar

We would like to point out briefly that cats are not the reason why many native bird species are critically endangered. The cat is certainly one of the most common bird predators in settlements, especially as the number of domestic cats continues to grow. However, the decisive points for the endangering of many bird species are other, for example the loss of habitat. That’s what he says too Nabuwho is significantly engaged in the protection of birds:

“However, for affected prey animals, habitat quality is more important than the predatory cat. Small animals need near-natural habitats with sufficient food and good opportunities to hide and nest. Where there is sufficient food, nesting and hiding places, birds can successfully reproduce and through losses Predators, including cats, usually do well. “

But of course you as a cat owner (and not a cat owner) can and should still make sure the birds are as safe as possible in your yard, even without a ruff and collar with bells. To do this, protect bird nests and nesting boxes from predators. Read here how it works.

Other ways to protect birds from cats without wearing ruffs or collars on cats are:

  • Play enough and extensively with your cat every day. So he can live his hunt and play with instincts with you and maybe go bird hunting less. After a game drive, there is usually a nap.
  • Provide your cat with a portion of food outside if he’s out all day, such as while you’re at work.
  • If you are far away, take care of a reliable cat sitting who also plays with the cat and takes care of him.
  • Design your garden close to nature with many options for hiding and nesting birds.
  • Don’t expose a cat!
  • Especially in April, May and June when young birds begin their first flight attempts, be careful not to leave the cat outside for as long as possible or (if possible) just to be supervised.
  • Feed your cat high-quality, high-meat food. A she studies from England showed that this reduced the cat’s catch rate.
  • You can also inform your neighbors about these possibilities, after all, most cats don’t just stay in their yard when it’s outdoors.


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