a Maine Coon with a walking collar

Do Indoor Maine Coons Need Collars? (Main Reasons Explained)

Not everyone has the luxury of having an outdoor Maine Coon,

Life situations and other factors all feed into the fact that many Maine Coons will be kept indoors. I have an indoor Maine Coon.

Collars are largely thought of as necessary for identification if your precious pet is injured or found away from home, and can be returned to you.

But what about an indoor Maine Coon? Is it necessary for a collar?

Do indoor Maine Coons need a collar?

While an indoor Maine Coon doesn’t need a collar it is still advisable. A collar acts as an identification aid should the unthinkable happen and they escape. Accidents happen and should your cat disappear then the chances of them being returned are greater with an ID collar.

Alita, my own Maine Coon has a collar and she’s an indoor cat.

Alita the Maine Coon with a collar

Essentially it’s a little tag that most people who see them associate with an already owned cat.

If they are lost or injured then someone knows who to call immediately without taking them to a vet to check if they’re microchipped.

While a microchip is great, they only work if the person can get the cat to a vet, and if the vet is open.

A collar with some quick contact information can help return a lost cat to you much quicker.

Collars – Why Do Maine Coon Cats Wear Them Anyway?

First then, a small recap as to why you may want to put a collar on your Maine Coon.

Identification – Collars with identification can be useful should a cat go missing.

This is especially important given that a lost cat found outside of the home can be picked up by someone who will care for it.

A cat without a collar might be assumed to be a friendly wild cat.

It is said that 75% of lost cats are returned, but only 2% at animal shelters.

Give the finder of your cat a fighting chance of locating you.

It’s The Law – In some States and locations, it can be a requirement for ownership that your cat is collared.

The requirement for a collar can sometimes be in tandem or an ‘either/or’ situation of your Maine Coon being microchipped.

If your Maine Coon isn’t microchipped your local legal authority may insist upon collared domestic pets.

Fleas And Ticks – While there’s much debate as to whether these are healthy, many people want to get rid of fleas on your cat.

Flea collars will kill off these parasites that live on your cat.

Accessory – A Maine Coon might not be the only pet in the household.

Cats are stealth predators, and many owners put a bell on their cats to make their other pets like gerbils, hamsters, and birds aware when the cat is nearby.

Collars can also get your Maine Coon used to the apparel should you want to put a walking harness on.

You may get less resistance if they are used to a collar.

a Maine Coon with a collar

Why An Indoor Maine Coon Might Need A Collar

Not all Maine Coons will NEED a collar.

Alita, mine probably doesn’t.

She has never taken the opportunity to run away, rather the reverse.

I still have an identification collar on her just in case.

She is a female Maine Coon and that may make a difference.

I wonder how many escaped cats are male.

A few points to consider are;

Risk Of Bolting – Whatever the reason, if you feel your Maine Coon is always seeking an opportunity to get outside, even if it’s for curiosity, then a collar would be a good idea.

If they ever did get out without a collar, then at least there’s a chance that you can find them.

General Risk Of Getting Out – Houses are not hermetically sealed containers.

Doors, windows, chutes, and sunlights all mean there’s a gap where a curious Maine Coon could go for a wander.

Fleas – Fleas and ticks will be found everywhere.

These parasites can carry disease and infections so having a collar can keep these troublesome irks at bay, and help keep your Maine Coon healthy.

Be careful with flea collars, and get the appropriate safety information before putting one on.

a Maine Coon in the grass with a collar

Risks Associated An Indoor Maine Coon With Not Wearing A Collar

Most lost cats aren’t lost deliberately, it’s nearly always a slip up or an accident, and those can happen in a split second.

Apart from windows being left open, doors remain ajar for a fraction too long as you come through with both arms full, there are a whole plethora of opportunities waiting to cause some distress.

  • your Maine Coon could rip or damage a screen or barrier
  • a visitor might leave a door open who doesn’t realize it’s an indoor cat
  • a postman leaves a door open

Your Maine Coon may look all cozy and immensely satisfied with its indoor life, but its cat instincts may drive curiosity to see what the world is like.

It’s impossible to run through all the possible scenarios as to why a Maine Coon might decide to get outside, and may like the new freedom.

A point to make here is that initially even if people see your cat, they will assume it’s an outdoor home cat.

Your Maine Coon will look well fed, well groomed, and have clean healthy looking fur.

It will not look like a wild animal, nor a lost cat.

This is probably a huge factor in why the statistics on unfound lost cats are a serious percentage.

People see them and don’t immediately assume a lost cat.

Many ‘escaped’ cats simply come back though so it’s not all doom and gloom.

Assuming you microchip your Maine Coon and have all the information up to date, the strategy still relies on the people seeing your Maine Coon to acknowledge that it’s a lost cat.

A microchipped cat can only be found if the person who finds it takes it to a vet or shelter.

A collar is a simple solution that is widely acknowledged to be an identification mechanism.

Collars are a widely held knowledge to the owner of a domestic cat.

Should your Maine Coon ever wander outside the house, then a collar increases the chances of success for finding them.

a Maine Coon with a bib

Conclusion

Indoor Maine Coons don’t NEED a collar but many people still make their cat wear one as it increases the likelihood of them being returned to you in the event of a mishap.

While it seems unnecessary at first glance, it’s more of a precaution than anything else.

Indoor cats are forever going missing, and having a collar at least makes sure that someone knows that the cat is not a stray and is owned by someone.

Collars can be small and unobtrusive but could be a ‘lifesaver’ if they’re ever needed.

Many people don’t like the idea of a cat having a collar, and that’s fine.

No one is forcing anyone.

But if you have no ideological reason for not putting a collar on your Maine Coon, then it’s still advisable, even if your Maine Coon is an indoor cat.

About the Author

MaineCoon

My name is Ann and I have been looking after and breeding cats since 2013. I am currently the proud ownder of Alita, a female Maine Coon to whom I've dedicated this site. She has had 2 litters and is around 3 years old. We share adventures and stories together.

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