- 1 Best Cat Harness Reviews (Updated List)
- 1.1 1 PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash
- 1.2 2 CatYou Durable Pet Car Safety Harness
- 1.3 3 ROGZ Catz Alley Reflective Leash and Adjustable Harness
- 1.4 4 GAUTERF Cat Universal Harness with Leash Set
- 1.5 5 Mynwood Cat Jacket/Harness
- 1.6 6 Ezeso Cat Vest Harness and Leash
- 1.7 7 PUPTECK Escape-Proof Cat Harness
- 2 Types of Harnesses
- 3 How to Choose a Harness For Your Cat?
- 4 How to Put On a Cat Harness?
- 5 How to Train Your Cat to Walk On a Leash?
- 6 Why Should I Walk My Cat?
- 7 Conclusion
Do you know that cats actually do like going outside and explore the world? And yes, they do get bored at home from time to time. This thought first occurred to me while taking my dog for walks or playdates twice each day and leaving my cat behind every time. She stood in the doorway and watched us leave and it made me feel really sad. That is when I started thinking “Isn’t there a way to let her tag along every now and then? This feels very unfair to her…”
Instead of taking her everywhere in a travel carrier and to give her a chance to walk and roll over on the grass, I made a thorough research on best cat harnesses available on the market and picked out the safest ones. If you are interested, here we go with my cat harness reviews;
PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash
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CatYou Durable Pet Car Safety Harness
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ROGZ Catz Alley Reflective Leash and Adjustable Harness
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GAUTERF Cat Universal Harness with Leash Set
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Mynwood Cat Jacket/Harness
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Ezeso Cat Vest Harness and Leash
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PUPTECK Escape-Proof Cat Harness
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Best Cat Harness Reviews (Updated List)
1 PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash
Petsafe Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash have specifically been designed for cats, applying gentle pressure to the shoulders and not to the neck or throat. It comes in three different sizes like small (9”-11”), medium (10.5”-14”) and large (13”-18”). For the given sizes you need to measure the girth of your cat by wrapping a measuring tape around the deepest parts of your cat’s ribcage behind its front legs. After picking the correct size, two adjustment points further allow you to custom fit the harness to your cat’s body, leaving it no way to escape.
Apart from the size options, Petsafe Kitty Harness is available in 6 different colors, my favorite being the burgundy. It also comes with a 4-foot bungee leash that stretches to 6 feet for gentle give while walking. This way, it prevents sharp pulling or tugging making your cat’s walks more comfortable. Finally, it has a limited lifetime warranty against defects so that you can go on to lifelong adventures with your furry friend.
- Three size options.
- An adjustable sternum slider for a custom fit.
- Dual-adjustment points on the girth strap for a snug and safe fit.
- 6 different color options.
- A 4-foot bungee leash that stretches to 6 feet.
- Limited lifetime warranty.
2 CatYou Durable Pet Car Safety Harness
CatYou Car Safety Harness is a fully-padded vest with a breathable liner providing superior comfort and safety for your cat. Since it is a car safety harness, it comes with an adjustable seatbelt. The advantage of it is that you can drive to the park with your cat and then go for a walk after you remove the seatbelt and put on a leash. Of course, you will need to purchase a leash separately.
CatYou is available in four sizes like S, M, L, and XL. To find the best fit, you need to measure around the chest and the neck of your cat. There are also weight restrictions available for reference. Also, both neck and chest girths are adjustable for a custom fit.
- Padded vest with a breathable liner.
- An adjustable seatbelt.
- Four size options.
- Adjustable neck and chest girth.
3 ROGZ Catz Alley Reflective Leash and Adjustable Harness
Rogz Catz Alley is a two-in-one product set that includes an H-harness with a 6 feet leash. The H-harness is fully adjustable and can fit cat chests with a circumference of 9 to 15 inches. If your cat falls into this category, which most cat breeds do, you are good to go and buy one. It is made of durable nylon with scratch-proof webbing. Furthermore, it is perfect for those who like night walks because both the harness and the leash have a reflective strip that glows in the dark making sure that your cat is seen clearly at night.
Rogz Catz Alley Harness is totally escape-proof. By means of it, your cat can safely prowl the streets by your side.
- A two-in-one set of an H-harness and a 6 feet leash.
- Fully adjustable harness.
- Durable nylon and scratch-proof webbing.
- Reflective strip for visibility in the dark.
4 GAUTERF Cat Universal Harness with Leash Set
GAUTERF Cat Universal Harness and Leash Set is available in five size options like XS, S, M, L, and XL. However, the XS size is only for kittens. When you have picked the size that fits your cat, it can be further adjusted via two adjustable buckles. It is a vest-like harness and has an abdominal pad to ease the pressure caused by the collision and to keep your cat breathing smoothly.
GAUTERF Cat Universal Harness and Leash set is made of durable and easy to clean material. Plus it is very lightweight. There are 3M reflective tapes on both sides of the harness to make your cat visible even at night. It comes in five different color options but my favorite is the grey one.
- Five size options.
- Two adjustable buckles for a perfect fit.
- An abdominal pad for your cat’s comfort.
- 3M reflective tapes for visibility in the dark.
- Five color options.
5 Mynwood Cat Jacket/Harness
Mynwood Cat Jackets are handmade by a proud cat owner, Maria, in Yorkshire. She claims that her design has six main aims for success; security, strength, practicality, design, comfort and customer satisfaction. When I read the customer feedback, I thought that the products are in line with the aims.
Each jacket is triple sewn for strength and hard-wearing, using quality fabrics. They fasten securely around the neck and chest with long strips of velcro. Also, they are reversible with black cotton and can be machine washed. They are easy and quick to put on and adjust to your cat. Furthermore, they have an extra secure welded steel D-ring with extra reinforced stitching to attach your leash.
- Triple sewed for strength.
- Reversible and machine washable.
- Easy to put on and adjust.
6 Ezeso Cat Vest Harness and Leash
Ezeso Cat Vest Harness And Leash are just for you if you are looking for something stylish. It is incredibly cute with its bowtie. It is available in three sizes like XS, S, and M but a lot of people who have purchased it have mentioned that the armholes are a bit too tight. Plus, it is a velcro design and on the measurement instructions, it is stated that you should remember to subtract a velcro distance. Otherwise, you will end up purchasing the wrong size.
Ezeso Cat Vest Harness is made of knitted fabric and cotton. The chest cotton is very soft and comfortable, it plays a buffer role to prevent your cat of sudden force like a strong pull on the leash. It is an all in one product; style, comfort, and safety.
- Very stylish and cute.
- Available in four sizes.
- Pay special attention to the armhole size.
- Velcro design.
- Made of knitted fabric and cotton.
7 PUPTECK Escape-Proof Cat Harness
Pupteck Escape Proof Cat Harness comes with a 59” leash. It is available in three size options like S, M, and L. You need to measure the neck girth and the chest girth of your cat and compare them to the size chart to pick out the right size. While taking the girth measurements make sure that you are snug against the fur and then add two or three inches to prevent the feeling of suffocation.
Pupteck cat harnesses are made with easy-to-secure Velcro which is easy to put on and secure. The material used is kind of a soft mesh that doesn’t overheat your cat in hot weather. This breathable mesh fabric is suitable for all seasons. Also, a special soft Velcro is used in the neck and chest and a plastic closure is added to the neck to prevent your cat from escaping in case it manages to get out of the velcro. Moreover, Pupteck cat harnesses feature two heavy D rings to connect to the leash, making it very secure.
- Available in three sizes.
- Velcro design.
- Breathable fabric is suitable for all seasons.
- A plastic buckle in the neck as an extra safety measure.
- Two heavy D rings to connect to the leash.
Types of Harnesses
1. Step-In Harness
Step-in harnesses are the easiest to put on a cat but not the safest. It is easy to put on because you simply put the harness on with your cat stepping both front paws into it and then securing it. Some cats things being slipped over their heads and this harness type saves you from that. If your cat sometimes freaks out when outside and tries to wiggle itself out of its harness, I do not recommend this type. However, it is perfect for cats of mellow nature because it gives the cat much more mobility.
The name comes from the H shaped piece that wraps around in front and behind the cat’s front legs and is secured with buckles along the cat’s back. They are very lightweight but the narrow straps can be quite uncomfortable, digging into your cat’s limbs. Unless your cat is extremely calm and mild, I suggest that you prefer a more secure harness type.
3. Vest Type Harness
Vest type harnesses are also known as jacket harnesses because your cat wears it like a jacket. They have very wide straps, mostly with paddings on the chest area to minimize the sharp edges digging in. They distribute the pressure from the pulls of the leash evenly on the shoulders and the chest. Vest harnesses are safer and more comfortable than the other harness types. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you prefer them if you are living in a city where there is constantly passing traffic. A mishap may lead to catastrophic happenings in that case. As safe and secure as they are, vest type harnesses tend to be the heaviest of all. Also, since the surface area of the harness is big, it is important that you choose one made of breathable fabric because otherwise, it may cause your cat to get extremely hot on warm seasons.
4. Figure 8 Harness
A figure 8 harness looks exactly like an 8 shape when placed on the floor. It wraps around the chest and the neck of the cat with single straps. The straps tighten whenever your cat pulls or tries to back out so they are quite safe to use on escape artists. But if your cat constantly pulls and tries to wiggle out of the harness, the narrow straps may become really uncomfortable after a while and might even irritate the skin. On the other hand, they are very lightweight and put very little extra weight on the cat.
How to Choose a Harness For Your Cat?
1. The Best Fit
When you are picking up a harness for your cat, it is very important that you pick the perfect fit. You would never want your cat to get loose when you are outdoors, especially if you are living in the city. It could get really dangerous. Therefore, you need to make sure that your cat cannot wiggle itself out of the harness
Depending on the harness type you decide on, you may need to measure your cat’s neck, belly and right behind its front legs. You can use a soft tape to take these measurements. The harness needs to be snug on the fur but not so that that it digs into the skin and limits your cat’s mobility. You should also check the ease of securing the buckles and right after you secure them all see if your cat can get either of its elbows out of the harness. If it can, then the harness is too loose.
Even though your priority should be your cat’s security while picking up a harness, since you want this to be a positive experience for your cat, you should also pay attention to the comfort it provides. Most cat harnesses are made of materials like nylon, cotton or leather. Make sure that the material used is soft on the skin without any rough stitches, sharp-edged buckles or so which may pinch in or irritate the skin.
If you are living in a warm climate, you may want to pick a breathable fabric.
Your comfort is of course also important. Therefore, you can prefer to choose a harness that is easy to clean. Some of them are even machine washable.
3. Sturdiness and Durability
Sturdiness and durability are important for two reasons. First of all, for safety measures. If you do not want the hooks of the harness to tear off in the middle of your evening and your cat ending up on a tree, it is important that you pick a well-constructed harness with enough strength to hold your cat.
Secondly, who would want to pay for a new harness every other month? Let alone the money it will cost, the whole process of choosing and buying is tedious. Thus, it is best to pick wisely the first time and choosing something that will be worth your money and time.
4. Nature of Your Cat
As I have already listed above, there are some different types of harnesses and the type that you should choose has a lot to do with your cat’s personality. If you have an escape artist for a cat, then you definitely need one more secure. However, if your cat is a calm explorer, then you can go with something more lightweight and one that offers more mobility.
How to Put On a Cat Harness?
- Purchase a harness for the leash, not a color. In spite of the fact that there are incredibly cute collars available, they are never as safe as a harness and most cats can wiggle themselves out of their collars effortlessly.
- When you bring the harness to home, do not try to put it on your cat right away. Instead, leave it around for your cat to sniff and get associated with. Cats are skeptical of new objects and trying to put it on immediately might freak your cat out. Let your cat see that it is nothing to be afraid of.
- The first time that you put the harness on, observe your cat’s behavior and let it wear it in the house for a while. Treats help a lot at this stage. For example, if your cat drops to the floor as soon as you put the harness on and refuses to get up, immediately remove it to try later on. Meanwhile, keep leaving it around and preferably in your cat’s favorite spot or near its food so that it will associate the harness with positive things. However, if your cat takes a few steps wearing the harness, encourage it by giving treats and with a lot of words of praise. Keep the first sessions short.
- After getting your cat used to its harness, it is time for leash training.
How to Train Your Cat to Walk On a Leash?
It may seem even impossible for you to train your cat to walk on a leash but do not give up before trying out the following steps. Your furry friend may surprise you!
- Once you feel that your cat has gotten used to its harness and feels comfortable walking around in it, you can start practicing with the leash, still at home, though. One thing to keep in mind is that you cannot walk a cat but the cat walks you. So, do not imagine anything like walking a dog. With a cat, all you can do is to hold the leash up without exerting any pressure on it and follow your cat around. Meanwhile, do not forget to spoil it with a lot of treats and praises.
- When you have successfully finished at-home training, it is time to go outside. However, you still need to be very patient. The first time you get out, you may not be able to go further than only a few steps. It completely depends on how your cat will react to the world outside. Try to expand your perimeter with each outing but no matter what you do, do not force your cat into anything.
- If you are living in a neighborhood with a lot of traffic and sounds, it may be a better idea to take your cat to a more silent place in the beginning.
- Leaving your cat alone with its leash tied to somewhere is out of the question. Never ever leave it alone unattended, it is too dangerous.
Why Should I Walk My Cat?
Like humans and dogs, cats also need to exercise. Sitting at home all day by the window does not help much to keep your cat slim and fit. Walking is a great exercise to maintain your cat’s body weight and overall health.
2. Joy and Experience
Cats are very curious animals and they are extremely intrigued by all the sounds, smells, and movements of the outside world. They have this innate urge to explore, climb and hunt but they cannot do it from the windowsill. Unfortunately, it is unacceptably risky to let them loose for the countless dangers of the outside. When there is a way of being able to let your cat safely experience all the wonders of the outside world, why keep it at home? Let it and smell the soil, dig out a few worms, scratch a few tree trunks and be a part of nature! This way, you will help your cat broaden its horizons.
3. Less Stress
As I have mentioned before, cats get bored at home from time to time. And when they do, they start showing aggressive behavior like scratching your favorite couch or ruining the carpet. Taking walks in the park may help a lot to save your cat from its boredom. A cat that has chased a few butterflies and climbed a few trees is a happy and tired cat. After all the adventures of the day when you go home, it will prefer to lounge in its favorite spot instead of attacking the curtains.
A walking expedition in town will certainly help you bond deeper with your cat. You will be spending one to one time with it and by doing something your cat is thrilled about. While your cat is exploring the world, you will also be exploring it once more but through your cat’s eyes, if you pay enough attention. You learn much more about what catches its interest the most, what it particularly despises, how it reacts in certain situations and so on. As you understand your cat better, you will come to notice that your relationship has reached a whole new level.
Finding the best cat harness and training your cat to walk on a leash may take a lot of patience and time. But believe me, the reward will be worth your effort and I hope my reviews on the best cat harnesses will help you along the way. For those of you who could not succeed in harness and leash training, I have something for you too. Check my reviews on best cat strollers or the backpack carriers and bubble backpacks and see if your cat that hates the harness and leash will come to love either of them.
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