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Harness for cat: how to choose it
Harness for cat: how to choose it

Selecting the perfect harness is important if you want to best equip your cat for your outdoor adventures: it will keep him safe and comfortable at the same time as he walks, climbs and walks with you. Let's see together then how choose the cat harness that's right for you.

Walk with a cat

cat with green harness
cat with green harness

While walking down the street it is normal to see a dog being led on a leash by your owner, it is much less common to see a cat in the same situation. To the latter, in fact, don't like to be limited in their movements and it could be difficult to get them used to the idea. However, this is not a possible undertaking, it is indeed a trend that has been particularly widespread lately.

Types of bib

Harnesses are especially important because attaching a leash directly to a cat's collar is never a good idea, and not just because it's easier for them to slip off. Unlike dogs, cats also have the most delicate necks and can even choke if jerked in the same way.

The harness, on the other hand, ensures that the attachment point of the leash either on the back, so as not to put too much stress on the neck area. Obviously you need to know how to choose the right model based on the weight, age and size of the animal, but the first step is to know the main styles of harnesses on the market: the 8 and the H model. Let's talk about it better.

Harness at 8

The bibs called 8 (or X) are made up of two collars: a collar around the neck and another around the torso joined on the back, in the same point where the leash is attached. It is the lightest but the least safe, because it is the one that the cat tends to be able to slide off more easily.

However, it shouldn't be a problem for short walks, especially if your cat has a quiet temperament and doesn't put up much resistance on the leash.

cat with red bib
cat with red bib

Harness in H

This model takes its name from the H-shaped structure of its harness: although similar to the 8-shaped one, it has an additional strap that connects the two collars by sliding between the cat's shoulder blades; this guarantees him one greater mobility. This is the most common and generally considered to be the safest model.

Harness H band

It is a padded version of the H model and is made up of a thicker fabric which, in fact, wraps the upper part of the animal. This structure certainly guarantees greater security and a better distribution of force that we exercise when we pull the leash (remember that it must always be hooked on the back) but it can be heavy, especially for small cats. Also, animals used to moving around a lot may find it restricting their movements.

cat with headband harness
cat with headband harness


  • As we mentioned earlier, cats don't like to be tied up or carried around on a leash - you have to get used to them gradually, and it can be a long and complicated process that must be started at home rather than outdoors.
  • Check that the harness is adjustable and has no sharp or abrasive parts for your cat, and that they are used resistant and breathable materials.
  • If the harness is tolerated well enough by the cat, you can too use it at home to make him wander around the balcony or terrace in maximum safety and without having to install special safety nets.