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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Etienne, Apr 17, 2011.


  1. Etienne

    Etienne Dad to Puss and Shadow

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    Hi
    Are their any owners that use a cat harness for keeping your pet safe?
    If so, are there any pitfalls using them?
     
  2. welshjet

    welshjet PetForums VIP

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    We use one on ours, but its only in the garden, when we are out there he is out there, we either walk with him or "teather him" on a longer lead but NEVER leave him, either me or oh are always in garden with him at all times, so is used under supervision at all times
     
  3. IndysMamma

    IndysMamma PetForums VIP

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    Indy is harness trained and I use the 'Rogz' Small Dog Harness for him and Loki, the girls use the XS size

    downsides:

    > if determined they *can* escape - though not if I pay attention
    > tree climbing is an activity for you as well as kitty, the lead gets tangled if you're not on hand to pass around branches
    > training requires a lot of patience and bribary
    > can only walk one kitty at a time as you aren't choosing the direction, they are.
    > can't hunt - follow natural instinct

    Advantages:

    > Kitty stays safe
    > kitty gets to experience outside - smells, butterflies, sunshine, fresh air
    > can't hunt - no needless deaths
    > more exercise - healthier kitty
    > more muscle developement/strength
    > mental stimulation
    > climbing naturally blunts claws a bit

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  4. honeysmummy

    honeysmummy PetForums VIP

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    How did you harness train Indysmama ?....by the way your cat is a beauty :)
     
  5. flev

    flev PetForums Member

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    Hi,

    I used a harness on my cat when he was first home, as he was desperate to get outside. He took to it pretty quickly, and seemed to enjoy himself.

    The only real problem I had was when he spotted another cat in next door's garden, and reacted as any territorially-minded cat would - snarling, hissing and trying to jump over the fence. I had the choice of letting go of his lead (which I waasn't going to do - I hate to think what he could have got it caught on if he took off with it trailing) or preventing him getting to the other cat. I chose the latter option, and as a result got some re-directed agression towards me in the form of some heft scratches and bites. It really shook me up quite badly, and that was the last time I used the harness.

    (Thankfully, this happened when he'd been home almost a month, so I let him out on his own soon after that - and he now seems to be good friends with that same cat!)
     
  6. IndysMamma

    IndysMamma PetForums VIP

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    awh thankies - my Indy is my baby :p

    here's a step by step I wrote a while back on a harness training thread

     
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  7. honeysmummy

    honeysmummy PetForums VIP

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    Brilliant...thanks ..i have my own timetable now for them...thanks...much appreciated :)

    Kelly x
     
  8. GingerHound

    GingerHound PetForums Member

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    When we tried to put a harness on our cat, we only managed to get it half-on her before she raced off round the house dragging the harness behind her.

    Never tried it since. :mad:

    Now when we take her out for a walk, she goes in the cat bag, pushed, mad cat woman style, on a pushchair. :)
     
  9. welshjet

    welshjet PetForums VIP

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    Indysmamma - that is so fab to see them in trees even with a harness on x
     
  10. IndysMamma

    IndysMamma PetForums VIP

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    thankies

    the main reason I chose the Rogz harness is the way it sits on chest/collar bone with a vertical strap between belly and collar bone - this means they are safe when climbing as even if an acciden happens (which it may even with me watching and half in the tree with them) then they cannot strangle themselves or harm their necks - they are suspended harmlessly in the air.

    Some more pics of my cats out and about on harness

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