Training Your Adventure Cat to Be Happy in a Harness

Do you dream of taking your cat on a hike with you? If your cat turns into soft noodles as soon as you put a harness on her, don’t worry. There is hope for you and your adventurous cat!

How to Choose the Best Harness for Your Cat

initial of all, you need to find the right harness and leash for cats. Cats are notoriously slippery escape artists, so finding the perfect fit can be a little trickier than picking up a dog collar. We’re here to help you make the process easier and avoid Houdini-style disappearing acts down the road.

The 3 Styles of Cat Harnesses

Most cat harnesses can be classified into three basic styles, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Before clicking on “buy” in your online shopping cart, you need to know the difference in the middle of a vest and a jacket for cats.

H-Harness: These cat harnesses consist of thin straps like a cat collar, but they wrap around the chest and shoulders. The minimal coverage makes them good in hot weather and easy to match with cold-weather clothes, but they are the easiest to twist. The feeling of lightness could make this style easier for a beginner cat to get used to.

Vest Harness: Vest-style cat harnesses have wide padded straps that wrap around the cat’s chest and shoulders. They can slide over the head or be a retractable harness that attaches to the shoulders. The soft mesh materials are ideal for their breathability, as the thick padded harnesses can heat cats in the summer sun. Vest harnesses for cats are a comfortable and versatile harness option.

Jacket Harness: A jacket harness for cats (also known as cat material) is the most complete style of harness, covering your cat as a shirt or jacket would. This blanket helps to provide the most secure fit and usually includes several velcro adjustment points, perfect for the restless cat in your life. On the other hand, this makes them more difficult to adjust for touch-sensitive cats or cats that don’t like the loud noise of the velcro. The lack of full coverage also means that they can be crowded in hot weather.

Finding the Right Fit

Finding a harness that your cat really likes can take a bit of trial and error, but there are a few things you can look for in a harness to make sure the only problem is your fussy cat, as usual.

Measure your cat! Putting a measuring tape around a cat can be tricky, but it’s worth it. By matching your cat’s measurements to the product description, you will get the best fit.

Find different adjustment points to customize the fit.
Your cat will appreciate an easy-to-put-on harness. Many cats prefer a harness that they can get into rather than a harness that has to go over their head.

Safety comes initial – make sure all clips, snaps and latches are secure.
Opt for safety features such as reflective materials and bells to ensure that your cat is seen and heard.

Buy a harness specially designed for cats. Some companies will repackage small dog harnesses for cats (sneaky!), but they will not fit your cat’s body properly. Look for transparent and specific brands on how they design their cat harnesses.

How to train your Cat to use a harness

This may be the most difficult step in the process, but on the plus side, it’s a lot of fun to see your feline friend boned when you try on his harness for the initial time. Whether your cat is a drama queen because of all this or is actually wearing the harness, it’s a good idea to use positive reinforcement to make your cat feel comfortable in your walking vest. Here’s how to get started.

Start placing the harness inside. Tie up your cat, then focus on giving her delicious treats and playing her favorite games. The goal is to distract them from the strangeness of their body and focus on the things they like. Start with short sessions until your cat feels more comfortable.

Add a light strap. It’s time to teach your cat the limits that come with wearing a leash. You have gone from a metaphorical attachment to the hip to a literal attachment.

Start venturing outside! Bring a cat carrier that you feel comfortable in so that you have a safe place to retreat to. Start in small enclosed spaces, such as a fenced yard, and grow from there as you feel more comfortable.

Introduce new locations little by little. If your cat seems smart, you can get out of your yard to walk around the block or go to the local park. With a little patience, you can have your cat by your side when you take your favorite trail. Take a carrier cage or a bag with you on your outdoor adventures so that your adventurous cat always has a safe hiding place to return to.

The most important thing is that you always keep a close eye on your cat’s body language to make sure he is happy. Outdoor exploration is a great enrichment for cats, but not all cats want to climb Everest, and that’s okay! Having a good relationship with your cat is about understanding each other’s limits and fortunately, most cats are superior than humans.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *