Five Of The Best Cat Flea Collars You Can Buy

Your cat starts scratching. And scratching. And scratching.

You have a problem. Your cat has fleas.

There's no shame in a cat having fleas. Fleas lurk all over the place, mainly in shady places in the garden, and outdoor cats will, from time to time, come back with fleas. Even indoor cats can catch fleas if they get out, or if they visit someone with an outdoors cat, or if a friend brings a dog round and he has fleas - it's almost impossible to be 100% flea-proofed, and fleas are really opportunistic little critters and will find their way just about anywhere. Some cats are even allergic to fleas and lice, and will scratch themselves till they bleed unless you find some way to protect them.

Best Flea Collar For Cats

You can use a spray-on treatment or medication, but a lot of cats will resist the sprays - they're terrified. Some cats also have allergies or show reactions to the topical treatments. A flea collar can be an easier way to protect your cat from fleas, as well as other nasty insects such as lice and ticks. A good flea collar will protect both against adult fleas, and against the larvae, so your cat won't get re-infected.

Flea collars are usually manufactured in a resin that's designed to let the insecticide through gradually over a period of time in a controlled way, providing the optimal dose. As the cat's neck rubs against the collar, it helps to release the chemicals. Usually you'll see results within a couple of days to a week.

Flea collars may look similar - we were rather disappointed that there don't appear to be any effective collars that actually look nice as well as doing the job -  but there's a huge difference between the best and the rest. The worst of them can irritate your cat's skin and even raise blisters, while remaining ineffective against the fleas they're meant to kill. Watch out for cheap collars with negative reviews! Also, never try to save money by buying a collar meant for dogs - the canine physiology is quite different, so dog collars may contain chemicals that are not safe for cats, like permethrin. Do also bear in mind that most flea collars are only suitable for kittens over 10 weeks old.

Most flea collars offer six to eight months of protection. If you're going to make an outdoor cat wear one, make sure it has a breakaway or release mechanism so that if it gets caught in a hedge or fence, the cat can break out of it safely.

And so with all that said, here are five of the best cat flea collars available to buy:

Our Top Recommendation

​​​​Bayer Seresto Flea & Tick Collar

Bayer Seresto is the granddaddy of all flea collars, the top seller and the brand that's been going the longest. At $60-70 for one collar, it's expensive, and as you'd expect at that price, it's very effective, ridding cats of their fleas within a few days. It contains insecticides imidacloprid and flumethrin which will kill fleas fast, and it's clean to use and non-greasy. Each collar will last 8 months, and it has a release mechanism, too, though its looks are absolutely the antithesis of glamorous - it's grey and clunky. Still, you're not buying it to look good, you're buying it to kill fleas - and it does that exceptionally well.

  • ​The best in the business
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    ​Tick and flea protection for 8 months
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    ​Will leave no unwanted pest alive
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    ​Quick release breakaway mechanism 
  • May produce an allergic reaction in a small number of cats

However, we're concerned that some user reviews of this product chronicle serious allergic reactions, including hair loss, irritated skin, and excessive scratching. A small percentage of owners say their cats had problems with this collar - so if you do buy this one - keep a close eye on your cat, and remove it at once if there's any allergic reaction.

Bayer Seresto Flea & Tick Collar


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OUR RATING

That said, veterinarians and cat refuges often use this collar as their standard, because it really gets rid of those fleas.


​Runner Up

​​Prunno Flea & Tick Collar

The Prunno flea and tick collar claims to be effective against 500 different kinds of creepy-crawly, including ticks, fleas and lice. It comes in a single size, but it's adjustable (just snip off any excess) and gives eight months of protection for around $20. It also comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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    ​Effective against just about every flea or tick imaginable 
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    ​Adjustable by simply cutting to measure
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    ​100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Features a great safety release mechanism
  • ​Some cat owners simply prefer the Seresto

The Prunno collar comes with a safety release mechanism. (You might lose the collar, but at least your cat will be safe.) Another great feature for outdoor cats is the fact that it's waterproof, so if they come home drenched, they'll still be flea-free.

Prunno Flea & Tick Collar

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OUR RATING

​It has a similar formula to the very popular Seresto collar, including flumethrin and imidacloprid which are the strongest (though safe to cats) insecticides in the mix, but it's cheaper, and unlike Seresto, we haven't noticed any reports of allergic reactions from unhappy cat owners. Some customers have used Prunno collars successfully to clear up really bad infestations, and it doesn't appear likely to irritate your cat's skin.


​​​​​Hartz Ultra Guard Plus

The Hartz Ultra Guard flea and tick collar protects cats against fleas, ticks, lice, mosquitoes and a number of other insects. It's non-toxic - except to fleas, of course! - and offers seven months' protection, which is a little on the short side compared to some other collars. It comes in just one size and is available in a fecthing grey color. 

  • ​Works on a variety of pests
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    ​Non-toxic
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    ​Great value for money
  • ​100% satisfaction guarantee
  • ​Only for cats and kittens older than 12 weeks old

The user reviews are ​good; this collar often seems to work where other products have failed. It's super effective against ticks - which are potentially much more damaging to your cat's health than fleas, and can be harder to kill. It's also non-greasy and has no bad smell.

Hartz Ultra Guard Plus

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OUR RATING

​A very cheap flea collar that offers 7 months flea and tick protection and is also water resistant in addition to featuring a break-away mechanism. 


​​​​Totopet's Flea & Tick Collar

Totopet’s offers a grey adjustable collar that will protect against fleas, ticks and lice for six months as is pretty affordable at around $20 – buy two and that's 12 months protection for one cat. It's a pretty good deal, though the collar doesn't look particularly stylish (very few flea collars do).

  • ​Very cost effective
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    ​Waterproof
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    ​Adjustable
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    ​100% satisfaction guarantee
  • ​Some users have noticed it doesn't always last as long as stated

The collar is enhanced with natural oils such as eucalyptus and citronella, though it doesn't appear to be 100% natural (that it, it also contains insecticides). It's waterproof, too, under normal conditions. There is one small downside; the collar does smell quite strong when you first put it on your cat, but the bad odour goes away after a few days. (So do the fleas!)

Totopets Flea & Tick Collar

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OUR RATING

It gets overwhelmingly good customer reviews, though it doesn't work for everyone - but it doesn't appear to set off any allergies in cats that have used it, so you're not running a risk with your cat's health if you order it. The vast majority of customers report good results.


​​​​​HARKY Flea & Tick Collar

The HARKY flea collar is a fully adjustable one-size collar which protects against fleas, ticks, and lice for a full eight months. It's waterproof and has a release mechanism (though that isn't apparent on the photographs of the product), and at around $20 it's one of the ​most cost effective flea collars you can find on Amazon. It also comes in quite an attractive grey, one of the two better-looking collars we found.

  • ​New on the market but highly effective
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    ​Eight months protection
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    ​Waterproof
  • ​Adjustable
  • ​Customer feedback is limited but we felt it worked well

​Whilst not a particularly well known brand, this flea collar performed well during our tests and has also now accumulated a considerable number of positive customer reviews. It's a winner in our eyes. 

HARKY Flea & Tick Collar

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OUR RATING

​A possible downside is the collar won't remain water resistant if your cat goes swimming more than once a month. We think that probably won't be a problem for very many cat owners!


​​Our Verdict 

And the winner is .... ​the Bayer Seresto Cat Collar. ​Although the most expensive product we reviewed, it is still the best cat collar for the majority of cats and is backed by several industry professionals. If you would rather save a little money, the ​Prunno ​collar makes a great cost effective alternative. 

It's worth noting that fleas can become resistant to a treatment, so you may want to switch pet collars occasionally to stop this happening.

Make sure any collar is reasonably snug on your cat - it won't do her any good if she's able to chew on it. If you can get a couple of fingers under it, but no more, it's probably about right. And snip any protruding ends off once the collar's been attached.

Cat Flea Treatment

As well as giving your cat a flea collar, you should also look around the house for any places that fleas might have made a home - particularly in soft furnishings or in the cracks of wooden floors and skirting boards. Give your home a quick blast of insecticide - making sure the cats aren't in the same room you're treating - to stop the fleas hiding out there once the flea collar has got them off your cat. And give the whole place a vacuuming, making sure you tip the cleaner bag out down the bottom of the garden or somewhere else outdoors so the fleas don't jump out and come back again.

What do you do when it’s that time of year again and you have to take your kitty to the vet? You probably put them in a box and pray that they will stay inside, right? Maybe it’s time you upgrade that shabby old box and get your kitty the best cat carrier they deserve!

Here are five cat carrier reviews that we think will help you choose the best cat carrier for your feline friend.

Our Pick

Winner: Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075SY583P/

The Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier was designed to meet your cat’s needs for safety but for comfort as well. The carrier features a reinforced steel frame that will prevent the carrier from collapsing in on the kitty. The 600D polyester material mesh is going to encourage air circulation so that your cat has plenty of fresh air. With that said, the carrier is capable of folding up nice and compact when you aren’t using it.

This pet carrier is airline approved, so you can take your pet with you on your flight. There is a fleece bed that your cat can lay on while flying, but the carrier also includes a paw print blanket for a little extra comfort. Along with the blanket, there is a collapsible water dish included so you don’t have to worry about your kitty getting dehydrated while traveling.

Notable features of the Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier include:

Strong straps and seams, durable zippers, enhanced stability, soft mat and a light weight

Expanding sides that zip out to give adult dogs and cats plenty of room.

Easy to carry by shoulder strap or integrated handles.

Folds flat for storage under a bed or in a drawer.

Carries cats up to 11 lbs and measures 11 x 11 x 18 inches and 31 x 11 x 18 inch in expanded mode.

Durable metal swivel clips prevent twisting of shoulder strap

Leash clip prevents your animal from dashing out.

Free fleece blanket and collapsible bowl

Storage pocket on the side of the crate keep accessories at your fingertips.

1 Year Money Back Guarantee - 100% refund of your purchase price. No questions asked.

When looking at what people had to say about the Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier, they had great things to say. Customers appreciated that this pet carrier included a comfortable fleece bed, a blanket, and a water dish. They went on to say that they were impressed by how lightweight the carrier was and that the comfortable shoulder strap didn’t dig into their shoulder while carrying it. Several customers commented that the case felt pretty sturdy and they were confident that their cat’s wouldn’t be able to break free.

Though there were many positive reviews, there were some people who were disappointed with their purchase. Of these critical reviews, customers were most disappointed that the zippers on the case were defective. Some people said the zipper on their case was missing the pull tab, while others said that the zipper on their carrier would get stuck from time to time in certain areas. Other customers reported that they received the wrong colored case, but also the accessories that were included didn’t match the colors they received.

Best Soft Sided Cat Carrier

Winner: Bergan Comfort Carrier

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XHFUB9U/

The Bergan Cat Carrier is designed to be stylish and functional! This is the best cat carrier for those who have heavier cats and you don’t (or can’t) carry the weight on your shoulder. This is because the carrier is outfitted with removable wheels and a pull strap that allows you to pull the bag as if it were a piece of luggage. However, if you have to go up steps or you don’t want to drag your cat behind you, the pull strap does convert to a padded shoulder strap. The bag is so lightweight, you will just be carrying the weight of your pet and an extra pound or so for the bag.

The carrier also features strong mesh on all four sides and on the top. This allows for excellent airflow, allowing your kitty to get plenty fresh air, but also so you can look in and check on them without having to open the case. The bag also features several pockets on the sides so that you can tuck away treats and toys to make the trip a little more pleasant for your cat. The case is airline friendly, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to fly with your cat right at your feet in this cat carrier.

Notable features of the Bergan Comfort Carrier include:

Comfort Carrier has a practical design, which creates stress free traveling.

Its generous mesh panels ensure maximum breath-ability.

Includes a washable fleece travel bed and light tan interior for a cushioned and cool ride

Multiple mesh panels for maximum ventilation for your cat

Internal Dimensions: 18" L x 11" H x 9" W

Typically for pets up to 20lbs; however, varies per pet, refer to dimensions

We ensure every product comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

When looking at what people had to say about the Bergan Comfort Carrier, they had great things to say. Customers liked that the case was large enough for two cats (one person said she had two 8-pound cats in the carrier) and they had plenty of room to get up and move around. Other customers reported that they appreciated that the carrier gave you the option to carry it on your shoulder, or pull behind you. Other people said they liked that this case was airline compatible and they can take their cat with them on trips instead of trying to find care arrangements.

There were some people who left critical reviews of the carrier and the most common complaint people had was that the carrying case wasn’t as large as they had anticipated. Some people reported that their cat didn’t have very much room to move or lounge. Other customers reported that the mesh isn’t indestructible and their cats put a hole in the mesh. A few people also mentioned that the zippers on their bag needed repairing only after a few uses.

Runner Up: Airline Approved OxGord Pet Carrier

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EW2WKZU/

The OxGord Pet Carrier is one of the most respected name in the pet supply and accessory industry. Their airline approved, soft sided carrying case features a Sherpa bed inside, which is  going to make your kitty comfortable while traveling. The pet carrier is quite sturdy, even though there are numerous mesh panels to promote air circulation and breathability. When you’re traveling in the car with the carrier, there are safety belt straps that allows you to buckle the carrier securely to the seat.

This pet carrier is FAA Airline Approved, which means that you can fly with your cat without any hassle. If you do have a cat who gets anxious while flying, the unwind and bind feature is designed to keep your kitty calm in-flight. If there is a favorite treat or toy your cat likes, you can tuck it away in the storage compartments that are designed in the bag.

Notable features of the Airline Approved OxGord Pet Carrier include:

19"x10"x13" inches - Can hold up to 15 pounds.

Compliant with most airlines (please check with your airline before flying).

The unwind and bind feature allow owners access to their pets without the risk of escape.

Includes:

Removable fleece travel bed

Padded shoulder strap

Lost and found tag

Storage compartments for medicine, toys and treats.

Made from durable and comfortable breathable materials for maximum airflow.

Ventilated security screens are easy to clean and 100 percent washable.

Money Back Guarantee

When looking at what people had to say about the Airline Approved OxGord Pet Carrier, they had great things to say. Many customers commented that the design of this carrying case is well thought out and they like that the case is easy to use. People also appreciated that the bed can be removed to be washed and the water-resistant underside will protect the rest of the carrier from getting damaged if the cat has an accident. Customers also liked that there is a zipper that makes it easy for you to check on your cat without worrying about the cat escaping.

Some people were not as impressed with this case and left critical reviews. Of these critical reviews, the most common problem people had was that the seam on their bag popped. They went on to say the cat wasn’t doing anything vicious to the bag – they just leaned on it. Some people said the zippers were difficult to use with one hand without it getting stuck. A few other people commented that the bag was too small and their cats would not fit into it.

Best Hard Sided Cat Carrier

Winner: Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0062JFGM0/

Unlike other pet carriers you may come across, the Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel features a door on top of the crate that enables you to lower your kitty inside if they are hesitant to going in through the front door. Not only will the top loading door make it easier to put your cat inside, but you can check in on your cat without having to jostle the crate to peer in through the side. The handle on the crate is designed to be ergonomic and it’ll fit comfortably in the hand.

This crate doesn’t rely on a latch system to hold the components together, instead it requires hardware that is going to be far better at holding everything together. When it is all assembled, you’ll be able to take this cat carrier on an airplane, as it meets all airline travel requirements. You’ll want to put a small pet bed or a comfortable blanket inside so that your cat is nice and comfortable for the journey.

Notable features of the Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel include:

Steel and plastic construction for enhanced strength, safety and visibility

2-door carrier design allows for easy access to pets

Durable ergonomic carry handle for safer pet transport

Water cup NOT included. Inner Dimensions: 21" x 14.75" x 13.25"

Ideal for small pets no more than 7 inches tall and 15 inches in length

Product Dimensions : 24.05" X 16.75" X 14.5"

 

When looking at what people had to say about the Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel, they had great things to say. Many customers reported that the crate was easy to assemble and they appreciated that the necessary hardware was included with the crate. People also appreciated that the crate was large enough to accommodate small dogs, cats (of course) and other pets like rabbits and guinea pigs. When it comes to loading their pets inside the crate, many customers appreciated the option to put them in through the front, but also using the top door.

On the other hand, not everyone was satisfied with their purchase and they left some critical comments about the carrier. The most common complaint people had was that the crate wasn’t as large as they had hoped. People commented that their pet barely had any room to move around. Others commented that the crate didn’t feel very sturdy, even though it was made from a thick plastic. Some went on to say that the top door needs to be held open, which is impossible if you’re struggling to get your cat in the crate to begin with.

Runner Up: AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OP6SVJW/

The AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel is an affordable two door pet carrier that allows you to safely carry your cat from one place to another. This unit has a steel wire front door, but it also has a door on the top where you can lower your kitty down into the carrier if they are reluctant to go in by themselves. The top door can be opened either on the right or the left. This convenience lends itself to being a functional carrier for right handed pet owners and left handed pet owners alike.

This pet carrier is made from a heavy duty plastic material that will your cat contained, regardless of how much they may struggle. There is plenty of ventilation in this carrying case so that your cat has access to fresh air, but so that you can look in a check on your kitty, but also for your cat to look out and be aware of their surroundings.

Notable features of the AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel include:

Two-door, top-load model allows for easy loading of your cat or dog

Measures 23x15x13 inches (LxWxH)

Top door can open to the left or right for easy access and convenience

Included screws can be used to further secure the top and bottom of kennel for reinforcement

Made of durable plastic with a steel-wire front door

 

When looking at what people had to say about the AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel, they had great things to say. Customers who left positive reviews of these carriers commented on how nicely the carrier was constructed. People felt that the plastic was sturdy and they could rely on the steel wire door to stay latched. Customers appreciated that there was a door on top of the carrier because their cats were apprehensive about going into the carrier on their own.

There were some people who were less impressed with their purchase and they had some concerns about the quality. The most concerning complaint was that the top door was not very sturdy and when you used the handle to carry the case, the top door would open. Many were upset that this is quite dangerous, as their cats could have ran away and gotten hurt when the door opened and the case fell in a busy parking lot. Others were upset that the holes for the screws didn’t line up properly, making it very difficult (or impossible) to get all the screws in.

What To Look For When Choosing the Best Cat Carrier?

Choosing a pet carrier for your pet is incredibly important because you want to make sure they are safe, secure, and comfortable. If you travel a lot and you want to bring your cat, instead of finding a house sitter or lodging solution, you may want to consider finding the best cat carrier for air travel, as these are going to be airline approved.

Here are the main factors you will want to take into consideration when looking for your new cat carrier:

Type: There are several different types of carriers that you can choose from:

 

Cardboard Carrier: A cardboard carrier is usually given to new cat-parents who are bringing home a newly adopted cat or kitten from a shelter. These carriers are not suited for long term or air travel.

 

Soft Carrier: A soft carrier is generally made from a soft nylon material and will have a sturdy, removable bottom. They often look like a large gym bag with mesh windows so the cat can get plenty of fresh air. They will have zipper openings on the side of the bag and on the top.

 

Hard Carrier: These carriers are often made from plastic or polypropylene and they are going to have ventilation on each side of the crate. These crates will have one or two doors (one on the side and one on the top) and they are going to be the easiest to clean.

 

Size: The size of your carrier should be large enough so that your cat has enough room to stand, stretch, and turn around. Size is especially important if you are going on longer trips because you want to make sure there is enough room in the carrier for food and water dishes. To figure out the size, you will want to know the size and weight of your cat and choose a carrier that way.

 

Ventilation: It’s important that the cat carrier you opt for has plenty of ventilation while you are traveling. Not only is it important for your cat to have fresh air, but the best cat carrier for nervous cats will have ways for you to look in, and them to look out, also.

 

Easiness to Clean: Cleaning your cat carrier is going to be par for the course while traveling, so you’re going to want a case that is easy to clean. There are some soft cases that have removable bottoms, but if you just want something super simple, a hard carrier is the way to go.

 

Airline Approved: Traveling with your pets can be tricky, especially if you are flying. However, look for an airline approved carrier to make sure your pet is going to be safe. Each airline has their own regulations, although most of the best cat carriers for airplane travel will be safe to use on all airlines. To be safe, you should always check with your preferred airline for these regulations.

Our Recommendation

There are many cat carriers on the market and choosing the best cat carrier for your furry friend doesn’t have to be a hassle. Of the ones we’ve discussed in these buying guide, the Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier is by far our top choice. It’s affordable, it’s a soft carrier that your cat will be able to breathe and move in, and when it isn’t being used, it folds up nice and compact for storing! What more could you ask for? Oh, that’s right! A soft fleece bed and a collapsible water dish. How perfect is that?

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