Buying a harness for your cat means you do not have to run after
your kitty every time. You can always control your cat as it is
attached to your hand by a cord. Before you order a cat harness,
you must get a tape measure. Take all measurements around the
girth of the cat. The measuring area should be just after the
front legs. Duly note the measurement in inches. Yes, you can
measure its neck too, but the girth measurement is more
important. This will wriggle backward if the cat squirms. The
harness must be adjustable so that you can make it a snug fit.
You must be able to put your two fingers under the harness when
the cat has it on.
Harnesses for cats come in many styles. The style of figure 8
fits over the head and also behind the shoulders. The H style
slips over the neck and a strap buckles around the circumference
with a short strap over the shoulders connecting them. The vest
style is a harness that covers the whole body, especially the
torso. The walk-in style of harness involves the cat stepping
into the harness and then it buckles behind the animal's
shoulders. Good security is provided by the H style, the best in
this context being the vest style. The latter has a downside to
it. Cats may feel confined in the vest harness, and it could take
some time to get used to such confinement. It is to be noted that
if you own a big cat, you can put on a dog's harness over it too.
Fastening and putting it on a cat
Harnesses can be snapped into place with Velcro and buckles.
Although some cat owners prefer Velcro, there are doubts about
whether it will stay locked when the cat jumps or runs without
any prior warning. A hard plastic buckle is a much better bet in
this regard. Do keep in mind that you may find it hard to tie the
buckle if your cat is too hairy or has excess amounts of fur on
its body. Any variety of car harness, independent of its style,
must have the D-ring-a ring where you snap the leash. It is
located right after the shoulder blades of the cat.
Cats do not like to wear harnesses, and the animal must be eased
into wearing one. The process must begin from the kitten stage
itself. Show it to the kitten and allow it to play with the
product. Make it think of the harness as a toy. Do give treats
after it wears the harness. You can rub catnip into it. The idea
is to make the cat used to wearing a harness.
Will You Harness Your Cat?
Attaching a harness to your cat will make it secure outdoors. You
can supervise it without fear of a bigger predator or the cat
getting lost. The problem is the cat may not like wearing a
harness. It is up to you to condition it to wear one. Do remember
that you should select the most suitable harness for your kitty.
To choose one, you have to select between a walking jacket or the
H-type harness. Do note that harnesses of figure-eight design are
Once your car wears a harness, you must adjust it. The fit must
be so that you could insert your two fingers between the harness
and your kitty. If your cat is of a larger size, opt out of the
cat harness and buy one more suitable for a smaller dog.
The cat must be used to its
You can expect some out-of-the-way behavior from your cat when
you first attach the harness to its body. A majority of cats
dislike the harness at first contact. To overcome this, you must
distract the kitty when the harness is on. Put it on during free
time and it must wear the same for a few minutes while eating.
Alternatively, play its favorite game when it is wearing the
harness or simply give it its favorite food. Do not extend the
sessions by more than a few minutes. Increase the harness-wearing
time as time goes by. When you find your cat having no problems
with wearing the harness, add a leash.
Please note that you must not allow the harness-wearing cat to be
left unsupervised. The cat must link the harness with nice
memories like treats, play, or food. Begin with a short session,
amounting to two minutes or a maximum of 10 treats every day. If
your cat does not progress as quickly as you like, be patient.
The cat will be adapted to the harness after some time.
Using a leash
It is vital your cat must get familiar with the leash. The feline
must be comfortable when it wears the restraining grips. The
harness must be worn by the cat about 15 minutes earlier before
it wears the leash. The thing must be strapped onto your cat in a
quiet and safe place. Attach the leash to the harness and not to
the collar. The leash must not be more than eight feet long. You
may have to wait for a little until the tension on the leash
becomes zero. It is perfectly safe to allow your kitty to move
around as long as it does not pull. Do follow it to prevent
tension. If you walk with your kitty, it must not be longer than