A cat harness is a very useful accessory, and sometimes it’s even necessary if you want to walk your little cat safely or drive him to the vet without a carrier, for example. The cat has been used to his harness since he was very young, so he doesn’t mind being taken out on a lead. It’s much more comfortable for him than his collar, which tends to squeeze his windpipe. But you have to be careful to choose a harness that fits your cat just right. How do I decide, and how much will it cost? What are the different types of cat harnesses? Let’s find out!
Choosing a harness that fits the size of the cat
Even if a cat’s harness is somewhat adjustable, it shouldn’t be too big or too small. When you buy it, it should fit your cat just right. If it’s too small, it will damage the cat’s fur and, even worse, squeeze some parts of its body, which is very painful. If it is too wide, the little cat can easily get out of it and run away. The cat is then left on its own, which puts it and other people on the road in danger if this happens during a break near a busy road…
This accessory comes in different sizes, so the person who buys it can choose the one that fits his or her pet’s size and shape best. But to make sure you don’t make a mistake, you need to know how to measure your dog. You don’t buy a harness at random, and you don’t buy a model because it looks good.
So, it’s important to take three measurements:
- The neck circumference is the distance around the neck at its widest point.
- From the base of the tail to the back of the neck, this is the length of the cat’s back.
- The chest circumference is the measurement of the chest’s widest part. To measure the chest, you walk a measuring tape behind the front legs and around the chest.
- If the cat has very thick fur, you should bury the tape measure in the fur, or the harness might be too big. In any case, a harness that is adjustable is best because it can be changed to fit the cat as it gains or loses weight.
Different types of cat harnesses
Cat harnesses come in three different shapes: a “8,” a “V,” and a “H.”
The name “eight-point” comes from the shape of the harness, which is made up of two circles, one around the animal’s body and the other around its neck. On the back, there is a ring for a leash to go through. The most common type of harness in pet stores is the “figure 8” harness. It is the starting point.
The H-harness also has two parts (the chest and the back), but they are connected by a third piece. The special shape is made to put as little pressure as possible on the cat’s neck, which is especially important if the cat doesn’t like being walked on a leash and tends to pull or fight.
The V-harness looks like a waistcoat and has two openings for the front legs of the cat. It is very comfortable, and its clever shape makes it impossible for the cat to hurt itself by pulling or pushing too hard. This lets the owner control the cat without having to worry about hurting himself.
Picking the right harness
All types of cat harnesses are made from different materials, and each has its own unique qualities. This is one of the most important things to think about when choosing equipment because the material determines how strong, durable, and comfortable it is. It’s also a matter of style, which is less important even if some masters put a lot of weight on it.
These are the main kinds of materials that are used to make cat harnesses:
- Padded mesh
- Water-resistant fabric
You must now be able to decide what types of cat harnesses are best for your cat.
Remember that the final choice is up to you and depends on your cat’s personality and what he or she likes. Any other questions? Feel free to ask us!