Walking a cat on a leash has become quite common, with many owners choosing to put a cat harness on their feline friend and taking her for a walk on a leash. According to the folk at Voyager Harness, a good fitting harness is an essential part of any walk kit for cats. But how do you know which one is best for your pet? What do you need to look for when buying a harness and leash, and when should you use one?
When Should a Cat Harness be Used?
It is important to remember that your cat might not want to be placed in a harness. Most cats will resist this at first because it is not something they are used to. If you do want to take your cat for walks, then training her when she is a kitten will give you the best chance of success. However, that is not to say older cats cannot be trained to wear a harness and walk on a leash.
Cat harnesses are ideal for house cats that might be a little bit scared to go outside alone or for cats that might be unsafe outside alone (such as those that live in busy urban areas). You can also use a harness when traveling in your car so that you don’t have to put your cat into a carrier. Some cats prefer to be free in the car, but it would be unsafe for them if they weren’t buckled in. A cat harness keeps your cat safe in the event of an accident.
Choosing the Perfect Harness
If you are hoping to train your kitten, you need to make sure that you buy a harness specifically designed for kittens. Alternatively, as there are many more harnesses available for dogs than there are for kittens, you could buy a harness for a teacup dog.
As your cat gets a bit older, you will probably find more of a selection. Indeed, there are three basic types of cat harness to choose from. The H-harness is a combination of straps that looks like the letter ‘H’ when placed on the cat’s body. There is a strap that fits around the cat’s neck and one that fits around the upper body, and they are then connected by a strap. They are designed to distribute pressure evenly; they are available in various sizes.
A vest style harness is perhaps the most comfortable for a cat and is made of soft material that covers more of the body. Vest harnesses are preferable to H-harnesses because they make it difficult for the cat to wriggle free and they do not have to be placed over the cat’s head – they are simply placed on the back and then the front and back are clipped closed.
A jacket harness provides a tighter fit and covers more of the body, meaning it is ideal for cats that like to escape.
It is important to think about your cat’s size as well as the climate when buying a harness. For example, if your cat is quite small, you will need to make sure you choose a harness that can be adjusted to size. A jacket harness is ideal for cold climates but might be uncomfortable when it is too hot, in which case an H-harness would be better.
A short-haired cat is well suited to all types of harness, but the fur of long-haired cats might get caught in Velcro or buckles, so it is worth bearing this in mind.
To conclude, cat harnesses are available in a variety of styles. You should think about your cat’s size, fur type, and the climate you live in before making your decision.