Pet parents love walking them with leashes and harness on. Allowing your cat to go out without supervision can be a nightmare for pet parents.
You cat may end up getting lost, attacked or stolen. No matter how carefully you hold them it is never safe enough. Putting your cat on leash may be the best idea for you.
Cats don’t love the idea of using harness and you have to show patience if you want to put it on. You have to train her little by little. You will also need to look for one that will give them maximum comfort. This means you have to measure your cat for the harness.
Measuring the Cat for a Harness
After deciding to get a harness for your cat it is important to know her correct size to keep her comfortable. Start by getting a flexible tape measure.
A normal string held against a wooden or metal ruler can work if you don’t have a measuring tape. Cats are not comfortable when you are touching some parts of their bodies.
They won’t like when you are measuring those parts either. Start by measuring these areas that she doesn’t like.
To do this you may have to distract them with something enticing like cat treats or wet cat food. Place the food strategically so you can measure her while she eats.
The two spots you will want to take measurement are around the neck and front legs. Run the measuring tape around the girth when your cat is standing.
Hold the measuring tape tight but not too tight so your cat can still breathe and move easily. When measuring the front run the measuring tape from the shoulder blades around the fore from the breast bone and back again.
After getting the measurements you should add a few points to get the right size. For example if the measurement reads 15 inches you can add 2 more to make it 17.
The manufacturers specification also determines your measurement. Some will ask the size of the chest, stomach and neck.
Make sure you note all the measurements so that the harness fits appropriately. Good harness should be snug fit to prevent your cat from escaping easily.
The harness should have a space left that a finger can fit between it and your cat. Make sure the harness does not pose any challenge to your cat either when breathing or walking.
We would advise you look for an adjustable harness which allows you to modify so that so it can properly fit your cat.
Should I use a collar for my cat?
No, it is not very safe to use a simple collar on your feline friend. It is easy for your cat to slip away and also it is very risky.
You should always use a harness for your cat instead of a harness because it puts all the pressure on her neck and throat. In case your cat moves suddenly and she has a collar she may get neck injury or get chocked.
It is important to choose the beast hotness for your cat so that they can have a peaceful outdoor walk. A good harness should keep your cat safe and comfortable.
It is not recommendable to attach lashes directly to the collar and this is why we are advised to use a Harness. Cats throats are soft and can easily get chocked by a collar.
There are a wide variety of cat harnesses in the market and for you to get the best one for your cat you need to understand the basic styles they come in. Here are some of those styles:
1. Strap Harness
Strap Harnesses are made of nylon and are very light. This type however does not restrain a cat’s movement as much as a vest type does. It is easier for a cat to slip out of this kind of harness.
The harnesses are most suitable for the following cats:
Cats that are trained
Cats which the Velcros sound
2. Vest Harness
Vest harnesses are also known as Holster or Jacket Harness. This type of harnesses are the most comfortable for your feline friend. This is because they distribute weight and pressure evenly on her body.
They are reliable and guarded making them ideal for strong cats. Unlike strap styled harness they don’t have pinch point.
This harness is mostly made of fabric which feels comfortable on your cat’s skin. Cats will have a hard time escaping from these harnesses.
These harnesses are the best for the following cats:
Cats that have had a history of abuse
How to put on a harness to your cat
After you have found a harness for your cat with the right measurements you will be one step away from walking your cat outdoor.
The harness may bring confusion to your cat at first but once you start using it she will get used. The first thing you should do is make her comfortable.
The first time you put the harness on your cat she may start squirm or scratch. Scratching may not be a problem if you trim her nails regularly. Look for the best nail trimmers for cats.
Most cats don’t enjoy nail trimming and you can get them nail caps. Cat nail caps are made to reduce the damage caused by cats nail to you or your furniture.
Cat nail caps are small plastic covers you stick on your cats nails. You only need to know your cat’s size. For a kitten weighing from six to eight pounds you need a small sized nail cap. A medium cat weighing 9 to 13 pounds needs medium sized nail cap while heavier wants will need large nail caps. When going outside make sure you remove the nail caps so she can comfortably walk on rough edges. A nature walk will also help trim her nails when she is walking on rough edges.
Back to the cat harness; do not unnecessarily leave your cat harness on. This is to avoid the risk of getting caught on something or getting stuck.
Put the harness on for short periods so that your cat can get used to having the harness put on and taken off. If your cat gets irritated by the harness you should try getting her distracted.
You can do this by offering treats or putting the cat harness during feeding time.
Now that your feline friend is comfortable with the idea of using a harness the next step is training her to get used to a leash.
Begin by joining the leash to the harness then letting her drag it along. After a while let her drag you while you follow her.
Try as much as possible not to lead your cat when starting out with the leash and instead let her lead you. You can later start moving them to the direction you want slowly.
Use toys and treats to encourage them to move in the direction you want.