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Harnesses

Postby minervasden » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:52 pm

I'm not up to date on what's available as it has been many years since I've needed to purchase one. Any recommendations on a good, lasting cat harness? Please include links if possible. If it isn't available at Pet Supplies Plus or Walmart, I'll need to order it. Thank you.
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Re: Harnesses

Postby Minty » Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:41 pm

With some research, http://www.adventurecats.org/gear-safet ... -cat-need/ , it seems that a vest option may be better if you fear the cat will slip out. I definitely would go for a more vest styled one anyway, considering how flexible cats are.
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Postby minervasden » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:30 pm

Thank you for the reply. I like that it mentioned brands and not just styles. I have a vest that I just bought a week or two ago at a thrift store. But after getting it home I think it was actually marketed for bunnies or other small critters. It has silk like ribbons instead of nylon straps and some sort of rubber ball to adjust size. I didn't really examine it too closely before purchasing.

Oh, and I would never trust that first ASPCA recommended harness to securely contain a cat.
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Re: Harnesses

Postby Neofelis » Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:05 am

I actually use a tiny martingale collar for my cat. Obviously I wouldn't want to yank on his little neck, but he can't slip it since it tightens against pulling.
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Postby minervasden » Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:35 pm

Neofelis wrote:I actually use a tiny martingale collar for my cat. Obviously I wouldn't want to yank on his little neck, but he can't slip it since it tightens against pulling.


And my one cat cannot even wear a safety collar safely. :roll:
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Re: Harnesses

Postby hecate » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:56 pm

I had high hopes for the Kitty Holster but bobcats have short necks for their size.

http://www.kittyholster.com/index.html

The neck strap is too wide for Scully to wear comfortably. I'll either alter it or use it as a pattern to make one that fits. She wears a "practice" harness I made out of 1" wide soft elastic and velcro without any problems.
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Postby minervasden » Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:41 pm

The Kitty Holster was referenced in the link above, so it is good to hear from someone who tried one. Does the velcro seem good and secure? I will probably try this one first.
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Re: Harnesses

Postby hecate » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:53 pm

The velcro is the full width of the strap and very secure. For a cat as strong as a 30-lb. bobcat I would add a second layer of velcro like they use on protective horse boots, although Scully doesn't try to pull it open. It should be sufficient for domestics.

This is a jacket-style harness but doesn't appear to be either a Kitty Holster or properly adjusted:

https://imgur.com/gallery/Osw64Ay
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Postby minervasden » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:32 am

hecate wrote:The velcro is the full width of the strap and very secure. For a cat as strong as a 30-lb. bobcat I would add a second layer of velcro like they use on protective horse boots, although Scully doesn't try to pull it open. It should be sufficient for domestics.


OK. Shimmer already wears a sweater so shouldn't be a problem. I'd just better check her reaction to velcro noise. Thanks for your help.
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