We love our cute little fluffy feline friends. We want all things best for our cats. We do not want any harm to come their way. We spoil them with delicious and nutritious treats in the world and provide them all sorts of toys and whatnot. Despite all this, our cats’ curious and mischievous nature often gets them into a world of trouble. This is what makes many cat owners think about shock collars for cats. But are they safe for cats? Do they really work? What are some of the best shock collars for cats?
What is a Cat Shock Collar?
A cat shock collar is like any other cat collar. The only difference is that it has a small box (electronic device) attached to it. This device delivers an electric shock to cats wearing the collar. Some of the cat shock collars are automatic—triggering on crossing an invisible fence or at a certain meowing frequency. Others are remote-controlled, where owners are supposed to press a remote button to trigger the cat shock collar.
Best Shock Collar for Cats
If you google ‘shock collar for cats,’ hundreds of results will show up. Choosing from the overwhelming number of available options could be a daunting task. Therefore, to save you from this hassle, we have winnowed down some of the most effective yet safest shock collars for cats.
Best for: Pets 5lb+ with neck size 6 to 28 inches
Batteries Lithium Metal battery (included)
Range: ¾ acre
- Waterproof collar
- Five levels of correction that helps our cats stay inside the secured area
- Can be easily recharged in 2 to 3 hours and last up to 3 weeks
- Corrects when the pet goes out of the secured area but doesn’t correct on the return
- Covers up to ¾ acre
- The collar is compatible with all of the PetSafe wireless fence systems
- Getting an extra collar, you can keep more than one pet in the secured territory
- Dense metal objects interfere with signals transmission
- It makes a large dome-shaped play area, which doesn’t work well if you have a long rectangular yard
- Cannot be used on cats weighing less than 5lb.
- Does not work well if you have a steeply sloped lot
Material: 100% polyester
Range: 6ft radius
Best For: Pets 5lb+ with neck size 6 to 28 inches
Batteries: 3 AA batteries (not included) and receiver collar requires 2 3-Volt lithium batteries (included)
- Best for marking indoor off-limit areas such as kitchen, your prized couch, or certain rooms.
- Very easy to use—simply attach the barrier to the specific item, and your pet won’t come near it
- This PetSafe cat shock collar first beeps to warn the cat as she gets closer to the prohibited area, and if she trespass, there will be a safe but effective static correction, making your cat leave the area
- If you have to mark more than one place as off-limit to your pets, just get more barriers and place them in the desired places
- Shock often does not work on cats that have thicker coats
- There is no rest button on the unit—only plus (+) and minus (–) buttons to increase and decrease the range of the signals
- Buying multiple barriers to mark several areas off-limit could be a bit expensive
Remote Range: Collar has to be around cat neck to work
Best For: Not mentioned
Batteries: Build-in battery and there is a USB cable to charge it
- Collar automatically detects cat meowing frequency and take action to stop cat meowing
- There are two modes:
- Warning mode: sound + vibration
- Shock mode: sound + vibration + shock
- If the battery seems not to function, it will be replaced or refunded
- When there is noise, the device does not trigger on cat meowing
- There is no way to adjust the intensity of the static shock, which is too intensive
- Many users advise not to use it without rubber covering, as it can shock your cat badly
- Only comes in blue color
Material: Thermoplastic Polyurethane
Range: 330 yards
Best for: Pets 8lb+ with neck size 9.5 to 26 inches
Batteries: Built-in high capacity lithium rechargeable batteries (500mAh for transmitter and 250mAh for the receiver)
- Corrects not only cat meowing but also other unwanted behaviors like chewing, jumping, digging, etc.
- Communicate clear commands using remote
- Three training modes make it easier to use:
- Fast 2-hour charging and long battery life
- Not automatic—you’ll always have to be on the lookout with a remote in your hand
- Not to be used on aggressive pets—it might make them more aggressive
- No to be used on pets younger than six months of age
- Won’t work if your pet has gone outside the 330 yards range
Remote Range: 330 yards
Batteries : 2 Lithium Polymer batteries required (included)
- Helps cat owners build natural and better communication with their cats
- This no-shock cat collar works better than many shock collars for cats
- It has three training modes
- Tone only
- Vibration only (1 – 10 levels)
- Tone and vibration (1 – 10 levels)
- The receiver collar has IPX7 waterproof standard
- Ultra-long battery life—120 days for remote and 30 days for reliever collar
- Not automatic—you have to be observing your cat all the time to use it effectively
- Does not work if your cat is out of the 300 yards radius
Remote Range: 900ft remote range
Best for: 12 months and above
Batteries: 2 Lithium Polymer batteries required (included)
- Unlike shock collars that hurt our cats, PetJoy Humane shock collar won’t hurt your cat
- Really long battery life—when fully charged remote will last for as long as 120 days, and collar would last for 30 days
- As you press the remote button, it sends a buzz or vibration signal, making the cat stop meowing
- 3 training modes
- Tone and vibration
- You can confidently use it in the rain as it is waterproof
- Not automatic—if your cat is meowing excessively at night, you will have to get up and use the remote to send the signal
- You cannot confidently use it on cats younger than 12 months of age
- If your cat is outside the range, the remote cannot help you communicate with your cat
- The collar needs to be repositioned every 2-3 hours
Alternatives to Shock Collar for Cats
We love our feline friends. We really don’t want any harm come their way. But when they are acting out of line, we have to discipline them with positive reinforcement, and if that does not work, there needs to be some negative reinforcement. But punishing with a cat shock collar is a bit too much. Most shock collars deliver a shock of over 100 volts to 6,000 volts to our feline friends, which is cruel. No matter how mischievous and stubborn a cat is, this is unjustified.
Therefore, we should explore some safer options to discipline our cats. Above, we have discussed some of the best no-shock collars that use ‘beep,’ ‘vibration,’ and ‘vibration + beep,’ to communicate with cats.
As pet owners and pet enthusiasts, we believe that cats and other pets should be disciplined using positive reinforcements, but when that does not work, we have to resort to some negative reinforcement strategies for the safety of our pets.
For instance, if your cat has developed a habit of going out and wander on roads. And training and all other positive reinforcement strategies seem not to work, we have to use invisible fences and no shock collars for cats that will dictate them not to cross the boundary. This ensures that our cats do not roam outside on the roads, where they could experience an unfortunate accident.