Cat harness: go for a walk with the Stubentiger?

The cat harness can be a way to give your room tiger some exercise, maybe even go for a walk if unsecured clearance seems too dangerous. But not every cat is doing a favor with it. In general, such a walk with the cat should be well considered: it is possible, but not always advisable. Image: Shutterstock / cynoclub

A cat harness is uncomfortable for most cats - getting used to the foreign body feeling is much more difficult for cats than for dogs. It is important that you do not force your kitty to do anything and be patient if you decide to try the controversial cat harness.

Does the cat harness really bring freedom?

Cats are not dogs. Therefore you will never behave on a leash like a well trained dog. While this is trotting on mistress's or master's side, your velvet paw explores what it wants. They run after her - and not the other way around. The reactions of cats are unpredictable, especially on busy streets. Other sudden noises can also have incalculable effects.

If an unleashed dog rushes to your house tiger, it could definitely be too much for your cat. It could panic out of the cat's harness or get tangled and injured in it. The countless new impressions in the great outdoors are often too much for cozy parlor tigers who have not had any free access so far. Therefore, such a walk is to be enjoyed with extreme caution.

If you still want to try it

If you still think your cat can handle a bit of leash clearance, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Always choose a cat harness with a chest and back strap. With a simple collar, the risk of strangulation is too great. When you buy a cat harness, it should meet the following requirements:

• Cat harnesses must sit firmly on the stomach and chest, be stable and be adapted to the size and weight of your cat
• It must be safe, so it must not have buckles or sharp and hard plastic or metal parts that pose a risk of injury
• The material should be soft and comfortable (for example, fabric is better than leather)
• The material should not rustle as this can irritate your cat
• Reflective, reflecting, glowing or glittering elements should be avoided

Get your cat used to cat harness: patience is required

Basics: Get used to your velvet paw as slowly as possible on the new camisole and take the first steps on a leash in your own four walls. When it finally comes outside, use fenced front gardens or backyards right in front of your home. First keep the leash short so that your cat stays close to you. With a little time and practice, you can give your room tiger more freedom with a longer leash.

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Tips on how to get your cat used to cat harnesses

• Before you put on the cat dishes, you should get your kitty used to the "strange thing". Place it near the scratching post or a favorite spot of your house tiger and let it sniff it
• Only put on the harness when your cat is balanced and busy
• First, do without the leash inside the apartment, but only put on the dishes
• Combine the creation with praise and maybe also with a treat
• Put on the dishes in a calm, relaxed atmosphere and be patient - do not force anything
• It is best to kneel behind your kitty so that it squats between your legs, hold the cat by the sternum and then put on the harness in a relaxed manner
• Do not be alarmed if your cat stumbles the first few steps more than it takes - the unusual weight takes a lot of getting used to
• Distract your cat immediately with a game as soon as she wears the harness - she'll forget about it faster and get used to walking with the harness more easily
• If your cat has got used to the dishes, you can put the leash on and make the first attempts in the apartment before you go outside after a few days of practice