Cat bell

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A cat with a bell on its collar.

A cat bell is a bell attached to the collar of a cat.

The bell will warn potential prey of the cat's approach. Cats eventually learn to walk without ringing the bell and pet owners are therefore encouraged to regularly change the bell[1] or attach two bells on the collar.[2]

Attaching a bell on a cat's collar will reduce the amount of captured birds by 30–40%.[2]

However, some animal care organizations also claim that the bell annoys the cat, and is ineffective because of cat's hunting behaviour.[3]

Some owners worry that as well as alerting prey, a bell would also alert large predators to a cat’s presence, given most predators acute hearing.[4][5]


  1. ^ Jasper Copping. "Change your cat's bell to save birds",, 30 May 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Anton Karis. "Katter dödar 16 miljoner fåglar om året" (at 8 min), Studio Ett, Sveriges radio, 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. (In Swedish)
  3. ^ (in German) Halsband mit Glöckchen für Katzen? Nein!
  4. ^ "Animal Wellness Magazine". 8 August 2019. Archived from the original on 2020-06-26.
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