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Cat Leads and Harnesses – The complete guide

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Walking your kitty and cats

Like humans, cats love to wander and explore rather than being indoor and restricted. If you want to keep your furry companion in trim and tip top shape, a regular walk may be the right thing to do. Obese cats are more likely the victims of conditions such as diabetes mellitus, liver disease, cardiac disease and arthritis. Vets recommend a fifteen minute routine workout for your cat to remain healthy. Cat harness and leads are ideal if you want to exercise your cat outdoors without the freedom of roaming free. It becomes very handy to owners who live by very busy roads or just moved into a new house and it helps to control the movement of your kitty.

So why use cat harness instead of cat collars when both seem to serve the same purpose? Cats love freedom and a collar attached to a leash makes it very easy for cats to pop it right off the head. It even increases the chances of your cat getting entangled when caught or hooked on something. Collars can be used more as jewelry or to hold tags. Cat harnesses are designed to stay securely on a cat, even when the cat is on a lead. An ideal choice for a harness for your cat is a lightweight nylon or cotton harness or you can go for more deluxe models that look more like padded vests.

Types of cat harnesses

There are three types of harnesses for cats: the figure eight, the H-harness and the V-style harness. The names relate to the harness design, the figure eight type is the basic harness, it consists of two loops that go around the cat’s torso and neck, attached at the back of the neck. It prevents the cats from slipping out as it tightens if the cat pulls. The H- harness connects the two loops with an additional piece, which when faced sideways creates the letter ‘H’. Many cat owners seem to prefer the H and V shaped harness, as it seems to create less pressure on the cat’s neck and are easy to be worn.

The factors to be considered to get the right cat harness include type of materials, flexible, width of straps, safety, fashion, buckle types, adjustable, right size and ease of use. Harnesses must be machine washable, durable and appealing. Avoid harnesses that are too bulky, not adjustable and too big or too small.

Once you choose the right harness, clip a suitable leash to the harness. Leads come in two types: the standard one and the retractable one. Standard cat leashes are approximately five to six feet long. Another consideration would be the weight of the cat leash which varies amongst the different types. The retractable type is ideal for those who want to provide their cats more freedom to explore the surroundings and still keep them close by. These leashes are of adjustable length.

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Harness-Train Your Cat

Now you have all the accessories ready to take your cat outdoor for a safe and comfortable walk, it’s time to train your cat to walk with a leash and harness. Cats are the most trainable among animals though it takes some time and patience.Allow the kitty to become acquainted with the harness before putting it on her. Place and buckle up the harness on your cat and quickly distract her with a treat or a favorite toy. Let her get used to wearing the harness, all buckled up, for at least fifteen minutes a day.

Step by step process of putting a cat into a harness

  • Ensure you’ve selected the right size for our cat/kitten.
  • Hold your cat calmly and pet your cat’s head and neck.
  • Once your cat appears calm begin the dressing process.
  • For figure 8 harness, place opening gently over the head, then start with the left leg and wrap the remaining harness straps around the body.
  • For H-shaped harness wrap the belt trap harness around the neck and tighten.
  • Fasten the clasp at the cat’s belly or side on either type of harnesses and ensure there are no kinks or twists.
  • Ensure your cat is comfortable. Note that your cat might not enjoy the first few times you put on the harness. Keep giving the cat short turns with the harness until she is completely comfortable.

Once the cat seems relaxed while wearing the harness, clip the leash and let the kitty drag it about the house on her own. Once the kitty is unperturbed by the dangling leash, pick up one end of the leash and follow the kitty around the house.

When you feel your cat is completely comfortable with walking on a harness and leash, you may attempt those first outdoors strolls. Start somewhere close to your house and in familiar surroundings. Start walking in the direction you want to go and give the leash a short, soft tug. If it resists, try throwing in cat treats and lead the way. If you notice the presence of foreign cats or ferocious dogs on the way, don’t let them scare your cat, either change the route or pick your kitty up in your arms until it is safe and comfortable.

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