Buying a Cat Harness

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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.

Harness styles

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.

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