The 3 Main Types Of Cat Harnesses You Should Know About

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Have you ever had a feeling that cat harnesses are kind of similar to one another? What are the different types of cat harnesses out there? And what makes them different from one another? Well, this guide is to help you understand the three most popular types of cat harnesses.


1. The H-style harness

This is the most common type of cat harness. It consists of 2 straps that go around the cat's chest and belly, with a strap going around the neck to keep it in place. The H-style harnesses are particularly good for cats who are nervous about wearing a harness because they're more comfortable and less restrictive than other styles. However, they have some disadvantages as well. The straps around the belly can get tangled in the legs when your cat walks, which can slow down their movement and cause discomfort. The neck strap could also hurt your cat if you don't put it on correctly. This type of harness is best for indoor cats only, as if your cat does get out, they could wriggle free easier than with other styles.


2. The step-in or vest harness

The step-in style of cat harness looks like a vest and fastens at the back with two clips or buckles. These are easy to put on as they slip over your cat's head, but some cats can be difficult to get off again if you have trouble reaching around their belly. This style of harness is ideal for cats who don't like to be touched or handled. It also works well with large cats, since you can adjust the straps to fit them comfortably. And, if your cat is extremely confident, a vest style may be the best option because it gives you more control over them. Some cats can be a little leery of step-in harnesses at first due to the fact that they are unfamiliar with them or simply don't like having anything put on them. If you find that your cat is hesitant about wearing this style of harness, try putting it on them when they're asleep or distracted (playing with a string toy works well). Once they see that they can move freely while wearing it, they'll likely get more used to it over time.


3. The jacket harness

They are similar to the non-restrictive "step-in" style harnesses, but they have a few key differences. They tend to be more decorative and can be made of thicker/more durable materials than step-in style harnesses. They also tend to have more options for adjusting the fit and comfort of the harness, such as adjustments for girth size. Jacket-like style cat harnesses are easy to put on and remove, therefore reducing stress on the cat. They are wonderful for cats who prefer to be outdoors. They offer comfort and protection while still giving your cat the freedom they want. Additionally, they stay in place easily when your kitty starts to squirm away from you or try to dart in another direction, which means no tugs on their neck or other body parts, which could cause injury.


How to measure my cat for the perfect fit?

Measuring your cat is crucial in order to determine which harness will fit them. It is best to measure your cat while they're standing up and relaxed. Make sure to keep the measuring tape horizontal when measuring. In general, a good rule of thumb is that the harness should be no more than 2 fingers' width away from your cat's armpit when they're standing up straight. This will ensure that it fits well and doesn't get caught on things. Here is how to measure your cat for the perfect fit:


The first step to measuring your cat for a harness is to take the neck measurement. This is done by measuring from the base of the neck where it meets the body, down to behind the front legs.


The second step is to measure the girth of your cat's chest. This is done by measuring around the widest part of your cat's chest, typically behind the front legs and just in front of the hind legs. Your measurements should be taken with a flexible tape measure or a string and ruler. If you're using a string, mark where it crosses itself with a pen or pencil so you'll know where to measure next time.


The third step is to compare your measurements to our sizing chart. Match up your measurement, select that row and corresponding column for your cat's size.



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We hope this article has given you some insight into the different options available and helped you get started on the right track to finding the best type of cat harness for your furry friend.