How we found the best cat harnesses
Reviews for cat harnesses were key here. A cat is either going to be happy to wear one or completely against it and while all cats will need time to get used to a harness, comfort can play a huge part in whether they say yes or no.
So, we looked for reviews that mentioned the comfort of their cat and how happy they seemed to be to wear the harness. Soft materials, and an adjustable fit so it isn’t too tight around their chest or stomach, are key here.
Aside from reviews, we looked at the way the harness can be put on to the cat and the fastenings. Putting a harness on a cat is different to a dog, so harnesses that don’t slip over their head were the ones we looked at first. Side release buckles were also preferred, as they’re less faff than metal buckles.
Side buckles can also be more secure as there’s little risk of them coming apart or breaking, which is vital when your cat is away from home. A secure D-ring was also essential, which their lead can fasten on to.
Talking of leads, most cat harnesses come as harness and lead sets which we looked for. You can’t use a dog lead on a cat as they’re too strong. However, some leads which come with cat harnesses can be flimsy and thin, so we tried to avoid any which had reviews stating that the lead wasn’t secure or safe.
Cat Harness Styles
Harnesses can come in various styles.
These allow your cat to literally step their two paws into the harness so you can avoid slipping it over their head. This could be good for any nervous cats but is often the least secure method
Literally an H-shaped piece of fabric which sits on your cat’s chest and wraps in front and behind their front legs, securing on the side or on their back
These are the most secure but could be too restrictive for your cat. They are the best for cats who are likely to try and escape though
Harness and Lead Sets
Most harnesses are available with a lead as a set. These are great if you’d like the two to match, or something that is an exact fit. It could also help save a bit of money as opposed to buying them separately.
Do bear in mind that most leads which come with harnesses will be standard, made from the same material and with no special features. You may wish to purchase a lead which is extendable or a bungee lead.
Dedicated cat leads will be a bit more gentle than dog leads, but there isn’t a huge amount out there, so look for a lead suitable for a puppy or small dog such as a chihuahua if you can’t find a dedicated cat model.