Top 5 Best Cat Collars [2019 Buyer’s Guide]

Top 5 Best Cat Collars [2019 Buyer’s Guide]

image of a kitty with a blue collar

What sound is cuter than the jingling sound of your kitty’s collar as she trots into the room to give you some love?

We know—not much!

If your cat doesn’t have a collar yet (or needs a new one), you might find this article super handy. Why? Because putting a collar on your cat is definitely a worthwhile consideration to make as a pet owner—even if your furball is indoors only.

To help you find the best cat collar for your kitty, we’re going to highlight some of the main purposes and benefits of cat collars, point out what to look for when selecting the right one for your animal, and review the pros and cons of the top 5 cat collar brands we found in our research.

What Do Cat Collars Do?

Cat collars offers three main purposes:

A cat collar makes medical information about your kitty readily apparent.

Tags on your cat’s collar can prove that your animal is up-to-date on her rabies vaccinations, which are required by law in every state. If your animal has any other health issues (such as allergies), it’ll be easy for anyone who finds her to quickly check, which can help modify or direct any medical treatment.

A cat collar can improve the chances of reuniting with your pet after it goes missing.

image of a kitty outdoors

Ideally, your cat’s collar will have an identification tag on it. If your pet goes missing, Good Samaritans, animal control officers, or other veterinary professionals can simply call you and let you know she’s been found!

Plus, a cat seen in the community with a collar on won’t be mistaken for a stray, which could prevent a well-meaning person from bringing her to a shelter. Sadly, thousands of unidentified cats with human families are sent to shelters every year, and many of them aren’t reunited with their forever home.

Of course, because identification tags and collars can sometimes fall off or be taken off, many pet owners opt to have a microchip implanted in their kitty, as well. A microchip is like permanent identification that can be detected with a microchip scanner and digitally stores your contact info in a microchip database registry.

But for ease and speed, an ID tag and collar is still preferred for many pet parents—a Good Samaritan, after all, probably won’t have a microchip reader, but can easily call you on their cellphone!

A cat collar can be an adorable and cute way to give your kitty some personal flair.

image of a cute kitty with a collar

Let’s face it: there are some adorable kitty collar designs out there! It’s fun to find one that fits your furry girl’s personality…or even yours! In addition to considering the many options listed below, feel free to peruse different collar colors and patterns when choosing a collar, too.

How to Choose The Best Cat Collar For Your Feline Friend

Breakaway Collars

Collar injuries are rare but can happen. Potential issues include the collar getting stuck on objects or getting stuck on different parts of your animal’s body (especially the paws, leg, armpit, and mouth).

Many vets recommend breakaway or quick release collars. These prevent strangulation and do not have stretchy elastic components nor hard buckles that can accidentally cause damage to your little feline friend.

Quality and Durability

Unless you love spending lots of money, there’s little point in getting a flimsy cat collar only to have to replace it frequently. Many pet owners prefer to purchase a slightly more costly but high quality collar that will last a long time, is easy to clean, and can hold up to weather (if your kitty goes outdoors).

High quality collars are less likely to get frayed and damaged, which (as we’ve seen), can also pose a health hazard to your animal.

Identification

We mentioned that cat collars are great for helping people in the community quickly identify your pet if she goes missing. At the very least, you should have your kitty’s name and your phone number inscribed on the identification tag. Instead of listing your full address, you may simply want to add the town you live in.

Adjustability and Fit

image of a grey kitty

At least one study showed that the majority of the cats in their sample tolerated their new cat collars for up to 6 months after first getting one. Research like this suggests that contrary to popular opinion, the right collar can be comfortable and pose minimal to no issues for kitties—but only if it fits correctly!

Your cat’s collar needs to be loose enough so that it won’t pinch her neck, but not so loose that it slips off her head or easily catches on things or other parts of her body.

Here’s a quick fit test: you should be able to easily slip two fingers between the collar and your kitty’s neck while she’s wearing it. You can also simply measure your kitty’s neck then add one or two inches when adjusting the collar.

If you have questions, it’s always wise to run them by your local vet. He or she can make sure the collar is fitting appropriately (especially if your kitty is still growing or recently had a change in weight).

Collar Weight

While you can’t know for sure how your kitty feels while wearing her collar, you can look out for signs of discomfort (such as skin irritation, frequent vocalization, or frequent attempts to scratch or remove the collar). The weight of your kitty’s collar will also affect her comfort, especially when she’s young. So avoid hefty collars on super small felines as well as lightweight or thin collars on bigger cats.

Visibility

Brightly colored collars are easier for people to see, so your kitty will be less likely to be mistaken for a stray while wearing a bright and visible one. Additionally, many pet parents prefer to get reflective collars that make their animals easier to spot in the dark when out on the prowl at night.

Some pet parents also prefer to put little bells on their kitty collars so that cats can be heard as well as seen readily. This may be especially helpful for pet owners with visual or hearing impairments.

Can Cat Collars Prevent My Cat From Killing Birds?

image of a feline with a dead bird in mouth

Research shows that domestic cats are responsible for the extinction of at least 22 species of birds across the globe!

Of course, cats are born hunters. Stalking and killing prey is instinctive for them. But it’s not pleasant to find your kitty at the door with a dead or dying critter—especially since this may expose you and your family to disease.

Interestingly, there is some evidence to suggest that put a brightly colored and brightly patterned collar on your cat may prevent her from killing birds and certain other small animals. This is because many wildlife critters have great color vision. This means they will be able to spot your kitty-collared girl as she crouches in the bushes!

The takeaway? If your cat frequently kills snakes, birds, and other creatures, you may want to have her wear a colorful collar or collar cover. This simple strategy allows her to healthily exercise her “killer instincts” while giving birds and other creatures a better shot at avoiding injury or death.

A Review of The Top 5 Best Cat Collars

With the above considerations in mind, you might be wondering now which collar to get for your adorable feline. The following five brands are among the best cat collars we’ve found online:

Rogz Catz Breakaway Clip Adjustable, Reflective and Glow-in-the-Dark Cat Collar

The Rogz Catz collar can be adjusted to fit cats of 6.6 lbs, +8.8 lbs or +11 lbs. It also comes with a removable bell so you can hear your feline in and around your home and easily pick her out from other cats in your household. The collar width is intended for kitty necks with circumferences of 8-12 inches, and the  material is scratch-resistant, reflective, and glow-in-the-dark.

It also features an adorable fish pattern along with four other styles!

Rogz Glow in the Dark Reflective Cat Collar with Breakaway Clip and Removable Bell, fully adjustable...
  • Breakaway Buckle is a necessary Safety Measure; with added adjustable break-away load for cats of...
  • Removable Color-Coded Bell for a personalized collar
  • 3/8" Wide Collar that Adjusts fully for neck circumferences of 8-12"
  • Glow in the Dark AND Reflective for additional safety

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  • Pros: breakaway feature can be adjusted for cats of different weights, glow-in-the-dark, durable and quality material
  • Cons: quick release feature may not work for cats less than 6 lbs, some reviewers noted the glow-in-the-dark feature doesn’t last as long as desired; some reviewers also noted that the quick release buckle broke quickly

Personalized Breakaway – Custom Embroidered with Pet Name and Phone Number Collar with Bell for Cat or Kitten

From the American company GoTags, these breakaway cat collars are brightly colored and can be completely customized. You can actually have your kitty’s name and your phone number embroidered right into the durable and tough nylon material (up to 22 characters). Select from five collar colors and 15 embroidery colors.

These collars also have a 3/8 inch width, making it ideal for felines with an 8-12 inch neck circumference. Most users find that the quick release collar is sturdy but effective, although a few have reported the buckle breaking or the collar going missing after one or two uses.

Personalized Breakaway Cat Collars with Safety Release Buckle - Custom Embroidered with Pet Name and...
  • Unique and long-lasting ID for your cat. Our personalized breakaway cat collar is designed to keep...
  • 5 Collar Colors and 15 Embroidery Thread Color options.
  • Collar size is 3/8 inches wide and completely adjustable from 8-12" inches in length.
  • Durably made with comfort in mind. The nylon webbing has smooth, tapered edges for a comfortable...

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  • Pros: identification can be permanently stitched into the collar (no ID tag necessary), super customizable, highly visible
  • Cons: slightly more expensive, can only embroider up to 22 characters (so may not fit a long name); some users note that adjusting feature of collar can obscure embroidered information (more of an issue for smaller animals)

Blueberry Adjustable Breakaway Cat Collar

A two-for-one deal from the company Blueberry Pet, these multi-colored breakaway collars are adjustable for kitties with 9-13 inch circumference necks. The material is primarily made with high density polyester that is comfortable and durable.

Blueberry Pet Pack of 2 Cat Collars, Geometric Design Adjustable Breakaway Cat Collar in Warm and...
  • Neck 9"-13", Width 3/8";
  • With the coming holiday season, we are releasing a value pack with two of our favorite cat collars,...
  • Designed with adjustable and breakaway buckle, a guarantee for your cat being fabulous and safe...
  • All-match pieces that suit all breeds and every mood for even the pickiest feline!

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  • Pros: many adorable and bright designs to choose from, good price for two, users enjoy that the collar doesn’t become “frizzy” even after several months of wear
  • Cons: some users found the breakaway feature to be too effective so that the collars came off too easily, may be too big for smaller cats

Pettsie Cat Collar Breakaway with Bow Tie

Something for you, something for your little furball! This breakaway collar is made with 100% durable and natural cotton, which could be a huge plus for cats with sensitive skin. The collar can be adjusted for cats with 8-11 inch neck circumferences. It also has a lightweight bow tie made out of wood, a super adorable detail that a lot of pet owners love.

Plus it comes with a matching friendship bracelet for you or a loved ones. Kids love it!

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Pettsie Cat Collar Safety Breakaway with Bowtie and Friendship Bracelet for You, Durable 100% Cotton...
  • LOOKS AMAZING ON YOUR CAT - Our customers love this unique Pettsie set. Get the stylish and charming...
  • NATURAL, COMFORTABLE AND DURABLE COTTON THAT LASTS LONGER - If you are tired of cheap plastic...
  • BREAKAWAY COLLAR FOR YOUR CATS SAFETY - This awesome collar comes with a safety breakaway buckle for...
  • EASY ADJUSTABLE SIZE - Collars are easy adjustable from 8-inch to 11-inch, the bracelet is simply...

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  • Pros: unique and cute, comes with interesting features (bracelet for you and bow tie on the collar), made with natural cotton material, has the quick release safety feature
  • Cons: wooden bow tie may fall off, breakaway was too according to at least one reviewer who witnessed her kitty get her jaw stuck in it

Reflective Cat Collar with Bell, Breakaway By Bemix Pets

Bemix Pets offers these breakaway collars in a handy set of 3 or 6. This may be a great choice for you if you have multiple cats and/or small cats, since the durable collars can be adjusted to a neck circumference of 7-11 inches. They come with bells and a reflective strip on the durable nylon material for easy spotting.

[Upgraded Version] Reflective Cat Collar with Bell, Set of 6, Solid & Safe Collars for Cats, Nylon,...
  • NEW & IMPROVED 6-PACK - Our cat collar set contains 6 high quality cat collars of different colors...
  • HIGH QUALITY COLLARS - Our reflective cat / dog collar is solid, made of nylon. Comes with bells.
  • WORKS ON MANY PETS - Great collars for cats and small dogs and other small pets as well.
  • ADJUSTABLE SIZE - The size of the Breakaway Cat Collars is 7-11" (adjustable range)

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  • Pros: cost-effective, can be adjusted to slightly smaller neck circumference compared to other brands, Bemix offers a lifetime warranty (free replacement or refund), bell isn’t overly loud
  • Cons: bells hard to be removed, users have found the nylon fraying over time and the reflective strips crackling, less variety of color (comes in red, orange, and blue)

Conclusion

Whether your kitty is indoors or outdoors, she can benefit from a collar. Of all the different collar features to consider, the most important one is a quick release, breakaway clasp. This protects your kitty from accidental choking and other types of injury.

Also look for durability, reflectivity, visibility, and price. Cat collars aren’t super expensive compared to other feline products, but you want a high quality one that will last (and that your cat won’t be able to get off).

Lastly, have a little fun with the style and colors! Collars can tell a great story about your kitty’s personality and will help her stand out in your home and while out and about in the neighborhood!

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  • September 4, 2018
Mary Nielsen
 

A huge animal lover, born and raised around dogs, cats, chickens... Self-educated pet care nerd. Currently parent of three adopted cats and one small mutt. Animal adoption advocate. Loves a good book (about animals) and playing the piano.