Cat Harness
for Outdoor Exercise

cat harness

A cat harness is a necessity if you want to take your cat outdoors.

While most cats are content at home, many do like to play outdoors – but they still need air and sunshine as well.

Cats do go outside on their own but when they do, they can cause damage to others and themselves – which makes a harness the easiest way to extend a bit of outdoor freedom to them.

Why Use a Pet Harness?

You usually see people walking their dogs, but there are not that many cats outdoors. Many states have recently added laws stating the necessity of putting cats on a leash. When you take your cat out to the vet, it should be in a harness to keep it, other animals, and people safe.

A cat collar is not sufficient for a cat as it is not comfortable for them. Often, cats can slip out of their collars and run amuck outdoors. A harness goes securely around its body, so that your pet cannot slip out of it. With a good harness, you can comfortably take your cat out for a walk or to the park.

Your cat also needs a harness for its own protection, as it may not be able to protect itself against bigger or more aggressive animals that it may meet.

Cat Harness Training

A cat needs to train with this accessory if you expect it to wear a harness without a struggle. You can start when it is still a small kitten so that it gets used to the restrictive feeling. Put a comfortable harness on your kitten without a leash and allow it to roam around the house.

This way it will get comfortable with wearing the item. Once it is used to the harness, can you try to attach the leash.

Again allow it free rein but supervise it so it does not tangle itself in the leash.

When you are certain your cat is comfortable with both harness and leash, then you take the leash in your hand and train your cat to walk around with you and come to you on application of gentle pressure.

Rewarding good behavior will reinforce it and your cat will become accustomed to moving with a harness and leash. Cat treats play an important role in training, so be sure to throw a few Fluffy’s way when he does well.

Once your kitty has mastery over these concepts you can then try to walk with it outdoors. First, you need to try going out in your front or back yard and slowly work your way near your house.

It takes quite some time for cats to become used to walking with a harness but soon it will start enjoying the outings.

Types of Harnesses

Different kinds of cats are comfortable with different types of harnesses. If your cat dislikes a particular kind and is not comfortable with it or can wriggle out of it, try another type.

Some are difficult for you to put on the cat as well. The one you choose should be lightweight and soft with nothing that will hurt your cat. You also need a harness that is easy to clean when necessary.

Figure 8 cat harness – this fits over the neck and middle of the cat, so the pressure does not come on the neck alone.

As the cat’s neck is delicate, you cannot use a traditional collar and leash.

The metal D ring where the leash attaches is located so that it cannot tangle in between the cat's legs.

  • H harness (pictured below) – also distributes pressure and is easy to slip on as well.
  • V harness – is especially good when you leave your cat indoors with the harness on.
Cat H Type Harness

Photo Above: cat fig H harness and lead

Additionally, you can also get fancy vests and jackets for your cat which may have attractive designs or even bling. Nylon, cotton and soft suede are good materials, while leather can be too hard and uncomfortable.

Instead of heavy buckles, Velcro is easier to use.

Using your harness to take your friendly feline on walks and adventures is an excellent way to promote bonding and exercise for both of you.

Once your cat gets used to wearing its cat harness, it will associate the harness with outdoor activity, making these trips much easier on you, the owner.

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