Choosing The Best Cat Harness For Your Feline Friend
Why use a cat harness?
A cat harness is an essential accessory for any cat parent who wants to take their feline friend out on adventures. Let's look at the three best reasons to use a harness:
A cat harness can be used to teach your cat to walk on a leash. Using a harness gives your kitty the freedom to explore the great outdoors without restrictions. Cats that are kept indoors all of the time can become stressed and bored. Walking a cat on a leash is a fantastic way to reduce that stress and stimulate the mind. Your cat will also have the opportunities to socialize with other people or animals they might meet along the way.
A leash attached directly to a collar can be dangerous because if your cat pulls hard enough, they might be able to slip out of their collar and escape, not to mention collars can get caught on something and choke your cat. Harnesses distribute the pressure around their chest instead of their neck, so they're much safer for walking. A properly-fitted harness also gives you the flexibility and control to let your kitty explore the outdoors without worrying about losing sight of them or putting them in danger by letting them run loose.
If your cat has mobility issues, arthritis, or other health concerns that make it difficult for them to walk on their own, then wearing a properly fitted harness will help support their weight so they can get around easier without hurting themselves further. A harness can also be used during recovery from surgery; this allows you to take daily walks with your cat while they heal up!
What to look for in a cat harness?
A cat harness is a great way to get your cat outside to enjoy all the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. The perfect cat harness will keep your kitty safe, comfortable, and ready to explore.
So how do you know which harness will be the best fit for your feline friend? When choosing the perfect harness for your cat, there are a few things you'll need to consider:
The first priority is safety. A good cat harness should have safety features built in so that your cat can’t escape from it. Look for a harness with clips that snap securely into place as well as reflective straps to help keep you both safe during low-light walks or nighttime adventures. Make sure the attachment points are strong and secure. The more secure it is, the less likely your cat will be able to slip out of it or back out of it.
A cat that is uncomfortable in their harness may try to slip out of it by rubbing against objects or scratching at it with their paws. So choose a lightweight and breathable material like nylon or mesh that won’t irritate your kitty’s skin or cause them to overheat. Some harnesses come with padding on the chest or abdomen, which can help prevent chafing if your cat is particularly active. These padded areas can also reduce pressure from the leash if your cat tries to pull or run ahead of you.
For your cat to enjoy wearing the harness, it needs to fit just right. A good cat harness should fit snugly and securely around your cat's chest and ribcage and allow them a full range of motion and comfort while walking. If the harness is too loose, your cat can slip out of it. A tight harness will be uncomfortable and constrict your cat's movement. Look for adjustable straps so that you can secure the harness firmly around your cat's body without restricting their breathing or making them feel too constricted.
Some cats have sensitive skin and require a harness made from soft materials such as cotton or nylon. While leather may look good, it might not be a good option if your cat has allergies. In addition, make sure that no edges or tags irritate or scratch your cat's skin.
There are many styles available — from bright colors to plaid patterns — so you can find one that matches your cat's personality and suits them best. A variety of sizes are also available to ensure there’s one that fits your feline friend perfectly. Whatever design you choose, a good harness will make walking your cat easier and more enjoyable.
Ease of use
A good harness should be easy to put on and take off without any complicated buckles or straps that get in the way. You don't want to spend several minutes trying to put on or take off your cat's harness every time you want to go outside! If it takes too long or is too much of a hassle, you may find yourself skipping outdoor adventures altogether. Look for a harness that has quick-release buckles and attaches in just one or two places on your cat's body.
The design is another important factor in making sure your cat can move freely and happily while wearing their harness. Cat harnesses come in two main designs: H-Harness and Vest Harness. H-harness consists of a strap that goes around the neck and another that fits around the chest. The straps connect in an H-shape across the back. With a vest harness, there are no straps that go around the head or neck. Instead, it looks more like a vest, with two loops that fit over the cat's front legs and another loop that goes under the belly. The leash attaches to a point on the back or near the cat's shoulder blades.
How to put a harness on a cat?
If you're having trouble figuring out how to put the harness on your cat, follow the tips below.
Use a towel or hold your cat's back legs with one hand and wrap the harness around your cat's stomach. Make sure to press down on the buckle part when you are wrapping the harness around your cat's stomach.
Put the strap that goes through the back legs above the cat's tail and pull it up and out of the cat's back legs. The straps should be snug but not tight.
Fasten the harness with the Velcro, and make sure it is fastened as tightly as possible. Check by pulling on it with your fingers to make sure it is secure. Pulling on the harness with your fingers will also help calm your cat down and make them relax their muscles.
Attach a leash and pull up on it slightly so that your cat has to look up at you instead of looking down at their feet. This will help them feel more confident. Keep hold of the leash in case they try to bolt as soon as they are released from your grasp.