Cat Collars & Harnesses
Cat harnesses and collars – Walks with cats
Taking your cat for walks is only possible with safety measures, which can be provided by a cat harness or collar. Find out more here about both products, specific benefits, further possible uses and getting cats used to 'going out clothes'.
When is a cat harness helpful?
Whether a cat harness is useful or not always depends on the situation in which you use the harness. An outdoor cat with unlimited access to the garden and immediate surroundings doesn't usually need a cat harness in day-to-day life. However, a harness is a practical option to give indoor cats in cities the occasional luxury of some fresh air. On longer car journeys, cats wearing a harness can stretch their legs together with their owner without the danger of them running away. A cat harness is also useful for trips to the vet if there is no cat carrier to hand.
Cat harness or collar – Making the right choice
A cat harness is preferable with regards to your cat's safety. The pressure isn't concentrated on the throat if the cat makes a quick movement when frightened. Models with soft padding are also very comfortable to wear. Strong materials and a good fit make sure that the cat harness is completely secure. The advantage of a cat collar is that it's very quick and easy to put on. A straightforward snap clasp makes this even more straightforward. The continuous adjustability of a cat collar guarantees an optimum fit. After buying a collar with a bell, make sure that your cat responds positively to the ringing sound.
Calculating the right cat harness size
Before making a purchase, ideally measure the circumference of the throat, abdomen and back in order to choose the right size of cat harness. When putting on a harness, it's important to find the ideal combination of comfort and security. The harness shouldn't limit normal bodily functions like breathing. Hence, make sure that there's some wiggle room especially in the throat and chest area. If you can place your middle and index finger alongside each other beneath the harness without creating pressure, the harness isn't too tight. If there is much more space than for two fingers next to each other, you can tighten the harness slightly.
How do you train a cat to put on a harness?
First give your cat time to familiarise itself with the harness without putting it on straight away. For instance, place it in the cat basket or alongside the food bowl so that it becomes a familiar object for your cat. When you first put it on, choose a familiar place and wait for a time when your cat is relaxed. If it works well, you can take the next step and put on the lead. First practise walking on the lead at home before going outside with the cat harness for the first time. Only cover short distances initially, which you can gradually increase.