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Although it is not very usual to see owners taking their cats for a walk, the truth is that it is a practice that exists and that it can bring multiple benefits for this. And it is that looking for a harness that fits well, will keep your furry comfortable when walking and will allow him to move outdoors with the security of wearing it tied, thus avoiding any accident.
If you have considered purchasing a harness for your cat, you will need to find out which is the most suitable for it, since there are numerous types of cat harnesses in the market. Or if you have purchased one and have difficulties or do not know how to put it, At AnimalWised we provide you with all the information you need in this article..You may also be interested in: Rabbit harness - Types and characteristics Index
- What is the best harness for cats?
- Types of harness for cats
- How to put the harness on my cat?
What is the best harness for cats?
Selecting the most suitable harness is an important part when deciding that you want to take your cat for a walk, as it will provide you with the necessary confidence in the event of an unforeseen event. We want to be sure that if our cat gets scared, this elusive animal I can't take it off and run away.
What's more, it is not recommended walk our cat directly with a necklace, as it is harmful to their health because cats have thin throats and can choke if they walk in this way. With the harness, on the other hand, the pressure is distributed evenly.
Finally, we must mentalize that before taking our feline for a walk, it will be necessary previously educate him to do it.
Having clarified this, let's see what characteristics we should look at when choosing the best harness for our cat:
You can find many different harnesses depending on the closure mechanism they have. For this reason, it is important to get to know your furry to get a good idea of how they normally react. For example, if your cat is particularly sensitive to noise, a harness with a velcro closure will not be the most recommended. Even so, most harnesses tend to be quite safe, having closures such as metal buckles or hooks.
Cats, unlike dogs, do not usually have the problem of breaking the harness (for example, biting it). Even so, it is still important to ensure that the material from which it is made is of quality and, therefore, strong and durable. The most common and reasonably priced option is nylon. We must also make sure that it does not present elements that can irritate, rub or dig into your body.
Generally, cat harnesses come in different sizes and they usually tell you the measurements. You should therefore, measure your cat to make sure you get the harness that best adjusts to your body, without pinching or being too loose. In general, you should be able to place one finger between the harness and the body of the cat. Fortunately, many harnesses have the option of being adjustable.
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Types of harness for cats
There are different styles of harness. Mainly, we find three formats:
Step-in harness for cats
This type of cat harness works by tucking your pet's front legs into it and closing it at the upper body. In this way, you avoid having to slide it over your head, which can be very unpleasant for many cats. Nevertheless, not the safest harness, since if your cat tries to escape, it could put its paws under the harness and take it off.
H-shaped harness for cats
This type of harness for cats consists of one H-shaped piece that wraps the feline in front and behind the front legs. It closes with buckles along the back of the cat. It is one of the most basic models of harness.
Vest style harness for cats
This is the more safe, Since it wraps the entire body and makes it difficult for your furry to remove it. Even so, it is not the most loved by felines, since it has the disadvantage that you have to slide the head to be able to place it and it is quite bulky, so may make some cats uncomfortable that they are not used to.
How to put the harness on my cat?
Once we have purchased the harness, it will not be enough to put it on immediately. Since the chances of him accepting it right off the bat are very slim. To be able to put it on without being perceived as something negative, we must start a learning process in which, our furry associate the harness with something positive.
To begin with, it will be necessary arm ourselves with patience. On the contrary, if we hurry and end up forcing the situation, we will only achieve that our kitty catches rejection of the harness and us. It should be emphasized that this learning it can last days or weeks, always depending on the character and age of the cat, since normally a small kitten will be more tolerant and will learn faster than an adult.
Next, we will progressively bring the harness closer and we will go rewarding with a tasty treat, for example, some wet food or malt. We can gradually increase the contact with it, caressing it with the harness, leaving it on it while we reward it, etc..
When we want to increase the difficulty, we must always pay attention to whether this shows indifference towards this element, or if on the contrary, he is uncomfortable. For this reason, when we are sure that it is calm, we can put it on and even close it (ensuring that it is not too tight, in case it is adjustable).
Once he's harnessed, be sure to praise him, play with him, and keep feeding him. In this way we will achieve that I know forget you are wearing it. In addition, we will not leave it for a long time, but we will gradually increase the time you wear it, as we see that you feel confident and without discomfort..
For more information, you can consult this other AnimalWised article about ¿How to teach a cat to walk on a leash?