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7 Best Cat Collars That Are Safe, Comfy, and Cute

Veterinarian-approved picks that range from no-frills to fun and fancy.

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If you're shopping for a new cat collar, you'll want one that's cute, of course — befitting your beautiful fur baby! But visual appeal is far from the only important quality to look out for, veterinarians say. Dr. RuthAnn Lobos, a veterinarian at Purina, explains that safety is the most important feature shared by all the best cat collars on the market. "Ensure it fits properly and also has a breakaway feature on the clasp," she advises. "The collar should fit snugly, and you should be able to slide two fingers between it and the cat’s neck."

Ultimately, the vet says, the best cat collars are ones that fit properly, and that the cat is comfortable wearing. "There are lots of fun colors and styles for all seasons and occasions," she says, "so cats can look good and be safe!" We researched the best cat collars you can buy, based on safety features, durability, fit, and style.

The best cat collars to buy in 2022

You can read more about how to shop for the best cat collar at the end of this guide. Looking for more ways to keep your kitty happy? Check out our guides to the best outdoor cat houses and the best flea treatments for cats.

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Best Overall Cat Collar
Polyester Breakaway Cat Collar With Bell

  • Breakaway safety buckle
  • Available in solid colors, too

  • Only for cats 8 pounds or larger

This affordable breakaway collar made from polyester webbing is great for everyday use, for indoor and outdoor cats alike. A quick-release circle buckle clips in easily and stays on securely, but breaks away for safety. A secure bell signals that your cat’s nearby. “This type of collar is affordable, comfortable for the animal, and has a breakaway safety buckle that can come undone if the cat gets caught on something,” Dr. Grewal says.

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Best Value Cat Collar
Reflective Cat Collar With Bell (Six Pack)
Bemix Pets
Now 46% off

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Sturdy materials

  • Some reviewers note the reflective stripe comes off easily

Made of sturdy nylon, this set of six adjustable cat collars is a great deal — the brand even offers a lifetime warranty or free replacement. Featuring a breakaway clasp and reflective tape for safety, the bell is also designed to only jingle when your cat is especially active. With almost 12K five-star reviews on Amazon, happy customers say these collars are good quality at a great price. "These are the best breakaway collars I've found yet!" said one reviewer.

Best Customizable Cat Collar
Personalized Nylon Reflective Breakaway Cat Collar

  • Customizable with personal information
  • Reflective

  • May not hold up against rugged or outdoor use

Personalize this cat collar with your pet's name and phone number (up to 21 characters) for a streamlined profile without bulky ID tags. A reflective surface and breakaway clasp add to this collar's safety features. "This is a nice way to have your contact info on your cat's collar without a name tag dangling," one reviewer says.

Best Lightweight Cat Collar
Breakaway Collar

  • Available in many colorways
  • Kitten sizes available
  • Lightweight

  • Allow extra time for shipping

This smooth silicone cat collar is designed for your pet's comfort. Waterproof and lightweight, these colors come in a range of fun, global-inspired colorways. "It is a top-quality collar for cats," one reviewer notes. "The texture is very soft and it is very easy to release it from the cat's neck."

Best Leather Cat Collar
Breakaway Leather Cat Collar

  • Available in 8 colors
  • Size options for adult cats and kittens

  • Expensive

This leather cat collar has an air of luxury, but it's not just about style: It also has a top-quality breakaway buckle for safety, and the fit is slim and lightweight so it's easy to wear. One reviewer who was initially “reluctant to spend” now reports “no regrets.” The reviewer says, “beautiful collar… and really lovely quality. Thick and robust but still soft. And the rivets and finishes are of a nice standard so it looks and feels quality.”

Best Cat Collar for Kittens
Celestial Breakaway Kitten Collars (2 Pack)

  • Comfortable
  • Good value

  • Pattern needs substantial solar charge to glow

This pack of two kitten collars has a cute celestial pattern that even glows in the dark. These small breakaway collars are made from nylon and feel soft and silky. “The bell is great for alerting you when sneaky kittens are trying to get into trouble, and the charm is adorable,” one reviewer comments.

Best Bow-Tie Cat Collar
Bow-Tie Breakaway Cat Collars (3 Pack)

  • Value-priced multipack
  • Adds style and flair

  • Not made to last

These polyester cat collars come in a multipack, so you have options to change up your cat's look. (Family photos, anyone?) The bows are removable for versatility, and the breakaway feature keeps them safe. "My handsome kitty looks awesome," one pleased reviewer shares. "He looks proud to wear his dapper bowtie!"

What to look for in cat collars

✔️ Safety: Safety is the most important feature in a cat collar. “Don't purchase collars that don't have a breakaway safety buckle,” explains Dr. Sehaj Grewal, veterinarian and owner of The Melrose Vet. “The purpose of this type of buckle is if the collar gets caught on something, the cat is able to get out of it.” So avoid collars with traditional clasps, buckles, or other fasteners that can’t easily unhook. "This could cause serious harm if the collar gets hooked on something when the cat is jumping and playing," Dr. Lobos says. "Other things to avoid can be bows, ribbons, and decorative things of that nature that stick out." These can be pulled off and swallowed, which can turn into harmful blockages and cause stomach issues for your cat, she says.

✔️ Fit: “Make sure that the collar is not too tight or loose,” Dr. Grewal says. “You should be able to comfortably place two fingers through it.” If it’s too tight, it may be uncomfortable for your cat. And if it’s too loose, it can get caught on things, which could be a safety hazard, too.

✔️ Identification: Consider where you'll include identifying information on your cat's new collar. "Having an ID tag or contact information engraved on the collar will help in case the cat escapes," Dr. Lobos advises. "Also, having a microchip can help if the collar comes off when they’re outside."

✔️ Style: Once safety and comfort standards are met, look for a cat collar that suits your (and your pet's!) personal style.

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  • What information should I put on a cat collar? The most important piece of information on your cat’s collar is the best way to reach you fast — typically that’s your go-to mobile phone number. Beyond that, and if space permits, you might also include your pet’s name, address, and even any indication of a potential reward if found.
  • Does a cat's collar need a bell? Bells can warn cats’ potential prey that they’re around, and wearing one can therefore reduce the number of small animals your outdoor cat kills. Furthermore, even indoor cat owners might find a bell comforting as an alert about their pet’s whereabouts; others might find the bell’s jingle annoying, especially at night.
  • Does my kitten need a collar? “It’s best to start early with kittens, if you can, to allow them to get used to the feeling of something around their neck,” Dr. Lobos explains. “As they grow, you will need to increase the size of the collar or adjust it.”
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