Harness for a Cat that Hates Harnesses

Harness for a Cat that Hates Harnesses

Are you the proud owner of a feline friend who absolutely hates wearing a harness? Do you struggle to take them outside for a walk because they simply won't cooperate?

Fear not, for there is a solution to this problem - choosing the right harness for cats that hate harnesses.

  • Escape Resistant - Hard to escape from
  • Comfortable - Reduces escape attempts
  • Light - Allows them to move freely
  • Safe - Protects their chest if they pull

Stay Wild, Stay Safe! 

In this comprehensive guide, we will cover everything you need to know about how we selected the perfect harness for your furry friend.


As cat owners, we understand the importance of ensuring our pets receive adequate exercise and fresh air. However, this can become a challenge when our cats refuse to wear harnesses. With the right harness and training, you can take your feline companion for a walk without any hassle.

In this guide, we will provide tips on how to choose the perfect harness for cats that hate harnesses. We will also answer some frequently asked questions about harnesses for cats.

How to Choose a Harness for Cats that Hate Harnesses

Choosing the right harness for your cat can make a world of difference. Here are some tips to help you choose the right harness for your feline companion:

  1. Look for a soft harness: Many cats find the standard harness uncomfortable and restrictive. That's the reason they hate them.

  2. Opt for a lightweight harness: Heavy harnesses can make your cat feel weighed down and uncomfortable. They trigger the scruff reflex on your cat, making them plop to the side or not move at all.

  3. Select a harness that fits properly: A harness that is too tight can be uncomfortable for your cat and make them less willing to wear it. On the other hand, a harness that is too loose can be easy for your cat to slip out of. 

  4. Consider a harness with a small chest pad: Vest harnesses are a great option for cats that hate traditional harnesses. The small chest pad can provide protection but not limit your cats' movements.

  5. Take your cat's personality into account: Every cat is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Consider your cat's personality when choosing a harness. 

Soft is Best:

The Fabric Makes the Difference: Many cats aren’t fans of the standard harnesses, often due to the rigid materials from which they're crafted.

Soft materials like nylon or mesh emulate the gentle touch of a comforting hand. These materials guarantee that your feline companion is cozy, ensuring they don’t feel confined or trapped.

Benefits of Soft Harnesses: Besides being more comfortable for your cat, a softer harness can reduce the chances of chafing, especially during prolonged use. Plus, they often come with adjustable straps, so they adapt to your cat's unique size and shape.

Light as a Feather:

Understanding the Weight Issue: Think of wearing heavy winter gear during a light jog—uncomfortable, right? That's the feeling a heavy harness bestows upon your cat. To keep your cat agile and happy, a lightweight harness is key.

The Right Material: Harnesses made of materials such as breathable mesh are often lighter and more suitable for cats. These harnesses not only reduce the load but also regulate temperature, ensuring that your cat doesn't overheat during your excursions.

The Perfect Fit:

The Dangers of Ill-fitting Harnesses: The fit of the harness is about more than just comfort.

A harness that’s too tight can restrict your cat's breathing and movement. Conversely, one that's too loose poses an escape risk. It's crucial to prevent your cat from escaping the harness to keep adventures safe. If your cat is an escape artist, consider the Houdini cat harness.

Measuring Tips: Use a flexible measuring tape to determine your cat's girth and neck size. When measuring, ensure the tape is snug but not tight, leaving enough room for two fingers to fit between the harness and your cat.

Vest Up:

Why Choose a Vest Harness: Vest harnesses provide a blend of comfort and security that traditional harnesses might lack. They distribute pressure evenly across your cat's body, preventing any strain on their neck or back.

Getting Your Cat Acquainted: Introduce the vest harness gradually to your cat. Let them sniff it, play with it, and wear it for short durations initially. Over time, as they get used to the feeling, they'll be more accepting of it during your adventures.

Tailored to Their Personality:

Unique Cats, Unique Needs: Each cat is a world unto itself, with distinctive likes and dislikes. While some might prefer a straightforward, functional harness, others could have a penchant for something with a bit more flair.

Customizable Options: Today, harness makers understand these unique needs. Many offer harnesses with varied designs, patterns, and even customizable patches. So, take a moment to think about what your cat might prefer—after all, they should adventure in style!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why does my cat hate wearing a harness? Some cats may find the sensation of wearing a harness uncomfortable or restrictive. Others may simply not like the feeling of being restrained.

  2. Can I train my cat to wear a harness? Yes, with patience and consistency, you can train your cat to wear a harness. Start by introducing your cat to the harness in a positive environment and gradually increasing the amount of time they wear it.

  3. What is the best type of harness for cats? The best type of harness for cats depends on their individual preferences. Consider a soft, lightweight vest harness or a harness with a specific closure type that your cat may prefer.

  4. How tight should a harness be on a cat? A harness should fit snugly but not be too tight. You should be able to fit two fingers between the harness and your cat's skin. Check this video to learn how to put a harness on a cat.

  5. Can I use a dog harness on my cat? No, you should never use a dog harness on a cat. Dog harnesses are designed for the body shape and size of a dog, which is different from that of a cat. Here's a short article to help you find the best cat harness.

  1. How do I know if my cat is comfortable in their harness? Your cat should be able to move freely and breathe comfortably while wearing their harness. If they are constantly trying to escape or seem agitated, the harness may not fit properly or be too uncomfortable.

Additional Tips for Choosing the Right Harness

  1. Take your cat's size and weight into account when selecting a harness. A larger cat may require a different type of harness than a smaller cat.

  2. Look for a harness that is adjustable. This will allow you to fine-tune the fit of the harness to your cat's specific needs.

  3. Consider the design of the harness. Some cats may prefer a harness with a certain pattern or color.

  4. Try out different types of harnesses to see what works best for your cat. It may take some trial and error to find the perfect harness.

  5. Choose a harness with a secure closure. This will prevent your cat from slipping out of the harness and getting loose.


Choosing the right harness for cats that hate harnesses can be a challenge, but with the right approach, it is possible to find a harness that your cat will tolerate and even enjoy wearing. Remember to take your cat's preferences and personality into account when selecting a harness, and be patient when introducing them to the harness for the first time. With a little bit of effort and the right harness, you and your feline friend can enjoy walks outside together.

Stay wild, stay safe and we'll see you outdoors!

Albert & Mia

1 comment

  • Stf

    Where can I buy this harness in the articles picture?

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