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Recommendation for a cat harness?

post #1 of 25
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Now that Spanky has decided that he MUST go outside (long story), I'm trying to find a good cat harness for him. He's simply too dog friendly to go out on his own, and he's told me in no uncertain terms that he's bound and determined to go outside. I can't replace screens indefinitely.

I looked at Petsmart and Petco yesterday and came up empty handed. Spanky is a very large cat and the ones they sold were too small. I want the kind that can be adjusted for their necks and torso independently - not the kind with one long strip that wraps around both with a single clip. The dog harneses were OK for his torso but too large for his neck.

The good of this: Spanky needs to shed some weight and a good walk will help, but in the mean time, he is too large to fit into harnesses that I'm finding in stores.

Can anyone recommend a good brand for me please?
post #2 of 25
No but Limerick has the same problem. He is a very tall cat and weights about 16 lbs, He cries when I put his harness on him to the point it seems to be hurting him. Other then keeping him inside, I don't know what else to do.

He is also having the problem of getting collars caught around his lower jaw. The lastest one was the elastic from the cat collar. Should I dare to try a dog collar?
post #3 of 25
I highly recommend the collars, harnesses and leads by Lupine:
http://www.lupinepet.com/cat/index.html

I have had problems with different ones in the past, but the Lupine always works well.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by eburgess
No but Limerick has the same problem. He is a very tall cat and weights about 16 lbs
That is Spanky - he is very long, his head/neck is disproportionately small for a cat and his torso is disproportionately large for a cat. He's definitely pear shaped. Dog harnesses were the same diameter neck and torso.
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post #6 of 25
We've purchase dog harnesses before and just increased the number of holes on the neck so that it can be adjusted smaller and we cut off the extra length.

~Julia
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Those are cool - just e-mailed to find out how to measure for them. Neither the standard or large size is proportioned right for Spanky (small neck and large torso), unless I don't understand how to measure him for it.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
I highly recommend the collars, harnesses and leads by Lupine:
http://www.lupinepet.com/cat/index.html

I have had problems with different ones in the past, but the Lupine always works well.
I use nothing but Lupine for my dogs - they are outstanding!! I will have to check them out also.
post #9 of 25
I agree with the Lupinepet cat harnesses. Zissou has three of their regular collars- cherry blossom, sunset stripe, and flutterby. She also has the larger sized h-style cat harness in Atlantis and the 6 ft lead in Atlantis. They are awesome.
She likes the harness way better than the old figure-8 one I got when I first started because the way it's set up you never pull on the neck at all. Which is good, esp if they try to chase squirrels suddenly.
post #10 of 25
The Lupine H-style harness looks like the one I use for Jamie, though his is a dog harness, because he's a little too long-bodied for a cat harness. His has an extra "chest strap" that makes it harder to slip out of.


post #11 of 25
Lupine also makes one just like that for dogs. The only difference would be that the buckles would look thicker and the sizing is probably different. Zissou's still small so I like the cat harnesses, but if she turns out to be a monster-size cat I'd probably get one of their dog harnesses.
Jcat, where'd you get that lead? I love it! Is it retractable?
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by jcat
The Lupine H-style harness looks like the one I use for Jamie, though his is a dog harness, because he's a little too long-bodied for a cat harness. His has an extra "chest strap" that makes it harder to slip out of.



That's what I use too, I like the way it sits more on the shoulders and chest rather than around the neck.
post #13 of 25
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I realized that I have an aquaintance that sells Lupine collars online so I've asked her for exact dimensions for the neck part - I can't find a site online that gives the dimensions of that one.

Jcat: do you know the brand of the one that you use? When I looked at those types of dog harnesses in the store, they all had neck openings that were too large for cats. I kind of like the extra chest piece to help them from wiggling out of it. Lupine didn't have it - theres are H shaped.
post #14 of 25
Momofmany:
it's in the dog section, second one down on this page http://www.lupinepet.com/dog/sm_dog.html
with a pdf file on how to fit it right underneath.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by cat_lover_330
Okay, so not the best picture of Sherbert (not nearly!!!) but here's the harness that I use with him... It may not show all of the harness the best-it's meant for adult, large cats, and it JUST fits him! lol!

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...0/100_5062.jpg

Oops - it says the image is gone!
post #16 of 25
I deleted it off of the photobucket site...could that be what did it? I tried and it came up...I'll delete it and try again...
post #17 of 25
Here it is...hope that it works! It doesn't really show the harness though...it's not nearly the best shot of my kitty, either, but...




post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
Jcat, where'd you get that lead? I love it! Is it retractable?
It's a 5 m. retractable dog lead we've had for about 20 years. There are smaller (3-meter) leads for cats - try Wal-Mart.
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Originally Posted by momofmany
Jcat: do you know the brand of the one that you use? When I looked at those types of dog harnesses in the store, they all had neck openings that were too large for cats. I kind of like the extra chest piece to help them from wiggling out of it. Lupine didn't have it - theres are H shaped.
Sorry, Amy, I don't recall the brand, and it isn't marked on the harness itself. I believe it was a German brand. There's a little dog face on the plastic clasps - it looks more like a bear face. I can post on a German forum and ask if anybody recognizes the brand, but it'll take awhile - I'm going to be out of the country for the next 8 days.
The Lupine Roman-style dog harness does look a lot like it. Jamie's is a small dog's harness.
post #19 of 25
Well, I posted on the German (dog) forum, and actually got a few replies. Nobody has the little dog face on the clasp. but the votes are for the "Hunter Vario" and the "Bernina" dog harnesses. Both are fully adjustable and have the chest strap. I actually got two dog harnesses at WalMart that look like the one I have for Jamie, but the "small" was too small for him, and the "medium" too big. He's a big cat with a little head (which is what you can get when an Oriental is wooed by a Norwegian Forest Cat or Maine Coon).
post #20 of 25
My friend uses these with her dogs. They are easy to put on & look very comfortable... Puppia harness. I'm sure that they'd work well with cats too!
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you EVERYONE for your suggestions! Time to do more shopping!!
post #22 of 25
In my experience with cat walking, the less fabric the better when it comes to harnesses. I tried to put a walking jacket on her and she strongly dissaproved. Just Zissou's two cents!
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
In my experience with cat walking, the less fabric the better when it comes to harnesses. I tried to put a walking jacket on her and she strongly dissaproved. Just Zissou's two cents!
I could see that! Some cats hate to be constrained and Spanky is one that snuggles on his terms. He probably wouldn't like the walking jacket at all.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
In my experience with cat walking, the less fabric the better when it comes to harnesses. I tried to put a walking jacket on her and she strongly dissaproved. Just Zissou's two cents!
I guess it depends on the cat. When I tried a standard harness on Jazzpurr, the took off hopping like a bucking bronco, he hates it! Roscoe on the otherhand, has been wearing a doggie t-shirt for almost 2 weeks & doesn't seem to mind it.

In case you're wondering... no, I don't normally dress up my cats. I treated Roscoe with Revolution between his shoulderblades & he scratched & licked the spot raw. The vet gave me an e-collar, but that wasn't working out too well, so I decided to try a doggie t-shirt. It works great, prevents him from licking the spot and he can still jump on the cat tree, get in the litter box, eat & groom himself like normal!
post #25 of 25
Hello! I'm glad i came across this post. I took my cat Pickles outside today for about the third time. She just loves it!!! The only problem....is the collar. I feel so bad because she tries to go under the deck...and if i stop her...she coughs and chokes, probably from the collar. So, im glad to see that petco and petsmart didnt have a harness becuase thats where i was going to go. And that would have been a waste of time. So, i thank you very much!! Hmmm...how do you find the right size harness for a cat anyways...and where. Im also worried that my cat is going to get bugs or something from rolling around in the grass...she loves to roll everywhere. Thanks again for the post!
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