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post #1 of 55
Thread Starter 

So between the squabbles the two boys are having and how the vet visit went today (Montressor put a 4 inch claw mark on the vet tech's arm), I have decided that Montressor is far too stressed out and I'm thinking part of the stress is always wondering what Midway is up to.  So I have decided on putting collars with bells on all three of the darlings.

 

I was buying a cat tree online anyway and decided to look at the collars.  I fell in love with one.  Isn't it adorable?

 

 

 

So I decided to order it.  Problem - it's an in-store only item, not an online item.  And the local store has only two of them.  I have three cats!  How can I possibly justify putting the cute ones on two and putting a plain one on the third?

 

Sigh, decisions, decisions. dontknow.gif 

post #2 of 55
Thread Starter 

I decided to order the two they have available.  Shadow shredded the last two collars I put on her so I'll keep my eyes open for the store restocking the one I want.

 

Last time I put a collar on Shadow was probably 9 or 10 years ago.  I wonder if she's still going to rip them apart.

post #3 of 55
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Originally Posted by arouetta View Post
 

I decided to order the two they have available.  Shadow shredded the last two collars I put on her so I'll keep my eyes open for the store restocking the one I want.

 

I think that was a good idea, i.e. ordering the two they have available.  That way if something else comes along that you like for the 3rd cat you can always get it or  as you said, wait until they restock it.  You'll have to post a pic of the cats wearing their new collars when you get them.kitty.gif

post #4 of 55

I love the collar but my cats hate the bells. They literally freak out so no bells for my family. They hear each other coming and so do I . There is no sneaking around in this family

post #5 of 55

Cats' hearing being far more sensitive than our own, and cats being both predators and prey in the wild, depend on stealth and are often very stressed by noise.  Having to carry noise sources around one's neck could not be anything but stressful for cats.  The first thing I always do when collars arrive is to remove the bells.

post #6 of 55

So do I but my Salem seems to be a Houdini. She seems to get every collar off of her within minutes. She does not like a collar but will were something sparkly. Typical girl LOL

post #7 of 55

I love the bells because then I know where the cats are. They have different sounds, too, so I know which cat is where. The cats don't seem to mind the noise. However, Lily's collar vanished in seconds. She was playing in the living room, I carried something to the bedroom, and when I came back, her collar was gone. I've looked everywhere, but can't find it. She is a small cat and it's hard to tighten it up so it doesn't slide off, and the kitten size is too small for her.

 

I think the cats get used to the noise, and it certainly doesn't stop them from catching mice.

post #8 of 55
I like having bells on my cats collar, just So I can hear where he is. He doesn't seem to mind at all. I take it off at night when we go to bed, Cuz I bring him in the bedroom and close the door so I know he's safe with me. Then in the mornings when I put it back on he actually stretches out his neck waiting for it and then struts around all proud and happy to be wearing it. It definitely depends on the cat though. I could see how some wouldn't respond well. Just remember to always use some type of breakaway collar so if the cat ever gets stuck it will snap off instead of strangle them.
post #9 of 55
All three of my girls wear collars with bells. I'm paranoid about them getting out and getting lost, so there's no way I'd ever let them go collar-less even though they're indoor only, and being the ninja kitties they are the bells come in handy. We started it with Isy, who's since passed away, because she would appear all over without a sound and scare everyone half to death and it carried on to the others. The bells are a quick and easy way to find any of them, too, especially Maya who likes to hide under furniture. Plus, who doesn't love picking out cute collars? Our girls are color-coded: Calypso's purple, Aria's blue, and Maya's pink. Ours don't have problems with each other but I'm sure it'd be a great way to help in that situation. Ours don't seem to mind the noise at all, either, and it certainly never stopped Isy from catching mice, though none of our girls now are much of hunters.
post #10 of 55
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Originally Posted by CamilleL View Post

I love the collar but my cats hate the bells. They literally freak out so no bells for my family. They hear each other coming and so do I . There is no sneaking around in this family

My kitties have a tendency to freak out with bells too. They jump in the air and always seem spooked and wide eyed. (Except for my little girl toonces)
post #11 of 55

I had a kitten four years ago that was always under my feet.  I stepped on his little feet all too often.  I got him a collar with a bell so I would know where he was.  He did not seem to mind it, at first, anyway, and it was very helpful.  When he got older he stopped hanging around my feet and I stopped using it.  Though I must say, one of the reasons I stopped using it was that he got really good at taking it off!  :lol3:

post #12 of 55
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Originally Posted by Tarasgirl06 View Post
 

Cats' hearing being far more sensitive than our own, and cats being both predators and prey in the wild, depend on stealth and are often very stressed by noise.  Having to carry noise sources around one's neck could not be anything but stressful for cats.  The first thing I always do when collars arrive is to remove the bells.

My cats are all belled and incredibly stealthy at going into stealth mode when stalking birds at the window. If you've listened to my videos Mercy has a very loud bell because she took to hiding early on. She'll get a quieter one when she gets a new collar as she's leaned to come to her name.

post #13 of 55
Hello everybody, happy weekend. I'm new on the site and a new kitten mom as well.
My kitten, MoonShadow is black and not very vocal, he likes to hide and because of his color there were a few times when I didn't find him.
Bought him a beautiful collar with a bell and now I can hear him where ever he may be. I was afraid he may get locked someplace and me been unable to find him.
post #14 of 55

All my cats wear bells. Actually, Ruby has two bells. All my cats are very sneaky and can walk without jingling the bells at all. This hasn't been an issue for me since Carrot and Angua are incapable of running without making their bells jingle and my whole point in having them wear was to hear them coming if they run. Ruby can run with one bell and not make a sound. So she has two. 

post #15 of 55

Hello everyone! So, I decided to buy a collar with a bell for my cat because I live with my grandma, who can not listen and see very well. Besides I have a big garden and sometimes he can disappear into it. So the bell does a good job alerting my grandma and helping me to find him. We also have a tag with his name and my number.

My cat doesn't care for the bell, haha. But I think it is kind annoying but it was the best solution for my problems so far.

post #16 of 55
I wish I could HEAR the little bell on my kitty cats' collar !
Not sure but I don't think my ears 👂 work as well as they once did . ~😟`
post #17 of 55
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Originally Posted by NewYork1303 View Post

All my cats wear bells. Actually, Ruby has two bells. All my cats are very sneaky and can walk without jingling the bells at all. This hasn't been an issue for me since Carrot and Angua are incapable of running without making their bells jingle and my whole point in having them wear was to hear them coming if they run. Ruby can run with one bell and not make a sound. So she has two. 
Carrot and Angua have been reading your Discworld books and taking notes from their namesakes. (Cats, of course, think all names were theirs first.)

Edit: I misread the post as 'capable of running without making the bells jingle' and remembered that C&A can both move silently, when they need to.
Edited by catspaw66 - 1/8/17 at 9:59am
post #18 of 55
Thread Starter 

Hey, good luck on my part.  The three collars I ordered online, the non-pirate one, when I got it I found it was not a breakaway collar.  So I took it back.  And they had restocked and I got a third pirate collar!

 

The cats are wearing them now.  Shadow has not tried to shred hers, yay!

 

And Montressor doesn't seem to be having trouble from Midway now, there was only one incident of hissing and it was really short.  Which is weird because Midway can walk quietly.  I guess he can't be quiet running and pouncing.

 

I'll try to get pictures later, but only Midway's collar can actually be seen.  Shadow and Montressor are long-haired, so only an indent in the fur can be seen.

post #19 of 55

My feral adopted cat Tipper (now 10 months old) hates a collar but I wanted her to have one just if she ever gets out it marks her as owned and not feral. I bought her two and thought the bell was what bothered her most. So I took the bell off the one collar but she still doesn't like it and does anything to get it off even though it is a break away.  All of my previous cats wore collars without any problems but I did have them as 6 week old kittens and they started out with one.  I can take it with me to the vets and put it on and she doesn't mind it a bit because she is too distracted. Thinking of putting it back on her and getting her to play with her mouse on a stick and see if she can get use to it.  

post #20 of 55

I would try Beastie Bands for cats that totally reject collars but need to wear them.

post #21 of 55
I've given up on collars. My cats are indoor only so the need isn't great. Mingo used to hide a lot so the jingling of the bell let me know where he was. Lily is a small cat, and I couldn't make the collar small enough for her. She lost it in a few days. Mingo scratched at his until it broke away three times, so I let it go. They both are microchipped if they should suddenly escape out the door.
post #22 of 55
Both my cats wear non breakaway collars. I hate breakaways because they seem flimsy and I can't grab it to restrain the cat.

No cowbells for my guys but they do have tags Indy has a USB dongle since the jingling bothers her.
post #23 of 55
~ I am always replacing the break-away collars. My cats that go out in the yard like to climb in the ivy so I am afraid to use solid collars.
More '$' out the window - but sometimes I find them and can reuse . 😺`
post #24 of 55

Grabbing a cat by the collar is undoubtedly painful and may very well injure the cat.  Please don't use non-breakaway collars on cats, either.

post #25 of 55
My guys don't go outside unsupervised so it's not really a concern getting caught in something the latch on breakaway ones wares out much faster I've found. Never use the elastic breakaways cats can get their jaws stuck in them and break or dislocate their jaws.
post #26 of 55

We always use the plastic closure breakaways.  Cats CAN get caught on things indoors as well as outdoors.  Always better safe than sorry, just as with kids.  

post #27 of 55
My old cat had a beasty band type that she got her leg stuck in and it gouged her
post #28 of 55

Terrible!  I'm so sorry to hear that.  Maybe for your cats, microchipping is a better alternative.

post #29 of 55
My cats are chipped as well but tags help the general public know where they live. It's a pretty smell semi rural area here and we don't have a local animal shelter serving the area.
post #30 of 55
We also get a lot of unwanted dumped cats here (oops litters, sick cats, etc) so the collar tells people they aren't barn cats or alley cats.
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