The Five Best Cat Harnesses And Leashes

Once upon a time dogs went for walks, and cats sat on the sofa. But nowadays, cats are going for walks too, with more and more felines learning to walk on a cat leash.

More and more cat owners are buying their cats harnesses which provide for a far better solution than a collar and a leash. There are several big advantages to a harness, particularly if you want to get your cat to walk on a leash so she can explore the great outdoors, or just want to give your indoors cat a little stroll in the garden for occasional exercise.

There are a couple of reasons a harness is better than a collar for your active cat. First, unlike a collar, a harness doesn't put any pressure on your cat's throat if you need to pull back and restrain the cat. You can't choke your cat with a harness. Secondly, it's much more difficult for kitty to wriggle out of a harness than it is for him to slip his collar - though it's not impossible (and escape-proofness was one of the criteria we used in making our selection of cat harnesses).

Of course, walking a cat is never going to be quite like walking a dog. Cats aren't going to 'heel'. In fact, it's not so much you who's walking the cat, as the cat who will be walking you. You're just her facilitator. She may decide to sniff around and take her time, or she may want to stride out - you can pull her back, but she's going to call the shots. If you wanted a dog, you should have got one.

Cat Walking With Harness

​Harnesses come in two types; they can be made of straps, like a horse harness, or they can be little vests that cover the cat more completely. Vests, because they have more coverage, and are slightly more difficult for a cat to wriggle out of, essentially making a great escape proof cat harness. Harnesses can also have different types of catches - Velcro is more convenient to do up, but can catch on long fur, and the noise upsets some cats, while buckles can be a bit more fiddly to do up but don't have Velcro’s disadvantages.

You should also think about where you're going to walk. A short, four foot cat leash is good for walking in town where you need to be in control and to have the cat close to you. An extendable leash can be great for going to the park, since you can let your cat forage around in the bushes or stalk a pigeon or two.

We considered a number of criteria when choosing cat harnesses; whether they were washable, how well they took the weight off the cat's neck and shoulders, the quality of the stitching, and 'escapability'. You should also note that not all of these harnesses come with their own leash.

Here are our five recommendations for the best cat harnesses that you can buy:

Our Top Recommendation

​​​​​​​​​​​​PupTeck Escape Proof Cat Harness

This adjustable walking harness from PupTek is great for cats of all sizes as it comes in a choice of small, medium and large. What we especially liked is the fact that this harness is marketed as escape proof – a claim backed up by many owners. The harness features a secure Velcro and mesh design which is designed to wrap around both your cat’s neck and body. We found it to be very robust whilst still proving to be very comfortable and secure.

  • ​Available in small, medium and large sizes
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    ​Soft and comfortable yet very sturdy and protective
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    ​Very well made
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    ​Comes with a leash supplied 
  • ​Some complaints surrounding sizing issues

It ​has been reported that a couple of very small cats have managed to escape which is why it is so important to buy the right size. We suggest measuring your cat and using that as the basis for your purchase. 

PupTeck Cat Harness


Source: walmart.com

OUR RATING

Both the neck and chest straps are adjustable. This harness comes with a matching 5 foot leash and is available in pink, black, or red – we found the black version looks very high in quality but why not buy all three colors for a little variety. And at around $15 or so, we think this is a bargain!


​Runner Up

​​Kitty Holster Cat Harness

The Crazy K Kitty Holster cat harness is a snazzy walking vest with a 100% cotton soft lining, selling at $25-30. It's ultra light-weight and easily washable, and there are a number of colorways including sober black, tiger skin, and our favourite, the red bandana. This cat harness has Velcro closures, and has a d-ring very firmly stitched under a contrasting tape roughly between the cat's shoulders, so that any pressure on the leash is transferred to the cat's chest rather than its neck.

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    ​Available in a variety of great designs 
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    ​Lightweight but very secure
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    ​Should hold even the most eager of cats securely
  • ​Features a sturdy D ring for attaching a leash
  • ​Sizing appears to be a little off

​The Velcro is very strong, so your cat can't easily break out, and it makes the vest easily adjustable - if you have too much Velcro left, with a small cat, you can simply chop the end of the strap off. However, some cats react badly to the noise - a familiarisation session can help. (Simply sit and rip the Velcro again and again without trying to put the harness anywhere near the cat, till she gets used to the noise.)

Kitty Holster Cat Harness

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OUR RATING

​The Kitty Holster comes in four different sizes, from XS to XL, so you can get a good fit for your cat. Customer reviews provide very favourable feedback with just a small minority of cats being able to get out of it. 10% of profits goes to the Crazy K animal rescue charity, which is nice.


​​​​​​​​Puppia Neon Soft Harness

Puppia's Authentic Neon Soft Harness combines strap and vest approaches - it's a minimal vest, with a large breastplate that helps direct the pressure from your leash to the cat's chest rather than its neck. While the girth is adjustable, the neck isn't, so a wily cat could escape more easily - you need to be careful about picking which of the three sizes is best for your cat.

  • ​Everyone loves neon
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    ​Very comfortable
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    ​Great design
  • ​Easy to wash by machine or hand
  • ​The neck isn't adjustable which makes sizing even more important

​Made of 100% polyester in a sporty open mesh design, it's machine washable, and has a quick-release buckle rather than Velcro fastening. The neck opening is well padded, for your cat's comfort. As the name suggests, this is not a harness for the shy cat - it's bright neon, whether you choose orange, green or pink.

Puppia Soft Neon Harness

Source: walmart.com

OUR RATING

The Puppia harness runs around $25, and while most of its users are canine, cats also give it good reviews. It's fair to say, though, that this harness may not be 100% escape-proof.


​​Mynwood Cat Jacket

One for those cats with attitude, Mynwood's Cat Jacket is decorated with big grinning skulls. It looks particularly good on black cats, of course. It's also reversible to plain black cotton, so your cat can go incognito and no one will know he's really a pirate!

Mynwood jackets are all handmade by a cat owner whose cats escaped from regular harnesses, and who decided to outwit her wily felines by making jackets they couldn't get out of. She also offers a made to measure service from her website - and really backs her product with excellent service.

  • ​A great range of designs
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    ​Reversible
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    ​Machine washable
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    ​Very secure and sturdy
  • ​Only available in one size unless a custom order

This jacket costs around $30, and is made in cotton, with Velcro straps and a firmly attached steel D ring. It's machine washable, too. The Velcro straps make it easily adjustable; the same jacket can fit a relatively petite fur baby or a bigger beast of a cat. You can also buy this jacket for a young cat and simply loosen the Velcro straps as she grows up. The leash is attached further back than on many harnesses, so if the cat tries to reverse out of it, she has further to go.

Mynwood Cat Jacket

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OUR RATING

Some owners still report their cats managed to escape, but this jacket receives overwhelmingly possible feedback from customers. But of course, if your cat hates Velcro, this might not be the right harness for him.


​​​​​​​​​​Pet​Safe Come With Me Kitty Harness

This is not a vest but a strap harness and comes supplied together with a bungee leash, so the comparatively slim price ($15-20, depending on the size) is even better than it looks. It's very light, and comes in three sizes - unfortunately customer feedback shows that problems with sizing seem to be rather more common than usual with this harness, so buy carefully.

The smallest size fits kittens under 3 months; you may not want to take them out into the wide world, but the earlier you start putting them into a harness and walking on a leash, even just around your house, the happier they will be when it's time to head outside.

  • ​Cost effective
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    ​Comes with a flexible bungee leash
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    ​Fully adjustable
  • ​Great for small cats and kittens
  • Strap design might not be suitable for all cats

The harness is adjustable around the cat's girth and also has a slider adjustment for the collar, and the leash is attached right at the back of the harness to distribute any pressure from the harness properly. The harness has snap-on buckles, and in pretty purple will make any cat look proud.

PetSafe Come With Me Kitty Harness

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OUR RATING

​Cats could potentially get out of this kind of harness - but they would have to walk backwards to do so. The smart owner can easily get in the cat's way just by putting a foot out behind her, and prevent her breaking out.


​​Our Verdict

And the winner is .... ​​the PupTek Cat Harness. We love it's simple yet effective design, the fact it comes with a great leash and also doesn't break the bank.

Whichever harness you decide to buy, make sure that you measure your cat properly before you order - sizing is one of the common difficulties encountered by buyers. Take the cat's girth measurement with the tape measure nice and snug, then add two or three inches for comfort. The ideal is that when your cat is wearing her harness, you can just get a finger or two underneath, allowing free movement for the cat without the harness becoming too loose.

Cat And String

If your cat hasn't worn a harness before, she may not be comfortable with it at first; many cats hunker down and refuse to move. Take it gradually, and remember that bribery almost always works - give her a treat every time you put the harness on, and while she's wearing it, and she'll soon be happily walking around in it.

And don't leave a cat tied to a tether in the garden. A harness is for walking your cat or letting her wander while she's supervised - if she gets a paw tangled up in the leash, or manages to twist herself up in the harness, she needs you to be there to help.

What do you do when it’s that time of year again and you have to take your kitty to the vet? You probably put them in a box and pray that they will stay inside, right? Maybe it’s time you upgrade that shabby old box and get your kitty the best cat carrier they deserve!

Here are five cat carrier reviews that we think will help you choose the best cat carrier for your feline friend.

Our Pick

Winner: Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075SY583P/

The Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier was designed to meet your cat’s needs for safety but for comfort as well. The carrier features a reinforced steel frame that will prevent the carrier from collapsing in on the kitty. The 600D polyester material mesh is going to encourage air circulation so that your cat has plenty of fresh air. With that said, the carrier is capable of folding up nice and compact when you aren’t using it.

This pet carrier is airline approved, so you can take your pet with you on your flight. There is a fleece bed that your cat can lay on while flying, but the carrier also includes a paw print blanket for a little extra comfort. Along with the blanket, there is a collapsible water dish included so you don’t have to worry about your kitty getting dehydrated while traveling.

Notable features of the Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier include:

Strong straps and seams, durable zippers, enhanced stability, soft mat and a light weight

Expanding sides that zip out to give adult dogs and cats plenty of room.

Easy to carry by shoulder strap or integrated handles.

Folds flat for storage under a bed or in a drawer.

Carries cats up to 11 lbs and measures 11 x 11 x 18 inches and 31 x 11 x 18 inch in expanded mode.

Durable metal swivel clips prevent twisting of shoulder strap

Leash clip prevents your animal from dashing out.

Free fleece blanket and collapsible bowl

Storage pocket on the side of the crate keep accessories at your fingertips.

1 Year Money Back Guarantee - 100% refund of your purchase price. No questions asked.

When looking at what people had to say about the Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier, they had great things to say. Customers appreciated that this pet carrier included a comfortable fleece bed, a blanket, and a water dish. They went on to say that they were impressed by how lightweight the carrier was and that the comfortable shoulder strap didn’t dig into their shoulder while carrying it. Several customers commented that the case felt pretty sturdy and they were confident that their cat’s wouldn’t be able to break free.

Though there were many positive reviews, there were some people who were disappointed with their purchase. Of these critical reviews, customers were most disappointed that the zippers on the case were defective. Some people said the zipper on their case was missing the pull tab, while others said that the zipper on their carrier would get stuck from time to time in certain areas. Other customers reported that they received the wrong colored case, but also the accessories that were included didn’t match the colors they received.

Best Soft Sided Cat Carrier

Winner: Bergan Comfort Carrier

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XHFUB9U/

The Bergan Cat Carrier is designed to be stylish and functional! This is the best cat carrier for those who have heavier cats and you don’t (or can’t) carry the weight on your shoulder. This is because the carrier is outfitted with removable wheels and a pull strap that allows you to pull the bag as if it were a piece of luggage. However, if you have to go up steps or you don’t want to drag your cat behind you, the pull strap does convert to a padded shoulder strap. The bag is so lightweight, you will just be carrying the weight of your pet and an extra pound or so for the bag.

The carrier also features strong mesh on all four sides and on the top. This allows for excellent airflow, allowing your kitty to get plenty fresh air, but also so you can look in and check on them without having to open the case. The bag also features several pockets on the sides so that you can tuck away treats and toys to make the trip a little more pleasant for your cat. The case is airline friendly, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to fly with your cat right at your feet in this cat carrier.

Notable features of the Bergan Comfort Carrier include:

Comfort Carrier has a practical design, which creates stress free traveling.

Its generous mesh panels ensure maximum breath-ability.

Includes a washable fleece travel bed and light tan interior for a cushioned and cool ride

Multiple mesh panels for maximum ventilation for your cat

Internal Dimensions: 18" L x 11" H x 9" W

Typically for pets up to 20lbs; however, varies per pet, refer to dimensions

We ensure every product comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

When looking at what people had to say about the Bergan Comfort Carrier, they had great things to say. Customers liked that the case was large enough for two cats (one person said she had two 8-pound cats in the carrier) and they had plenty of room to get up and move around. Other customers reported that they appreciated that the carrier gave you the option to carry it on your shoulder, or pull behind you. Other people said they liked that this case was airline compatible and they can take their cat with them on trips instead of trying to find care arrangements.

There were some people who left critical reviews of the carrier and the most common complaint people had was that the carrying case wasn’t as large as they had anticipated. Some people reported that their cat didn’t have very much room to move or lounge. Other customers reported that the mesh isn’t indestructible and their cats put a hole in the mesh. A few people also mentioned that the zippers on their bag needed repairing only after a few uses.

Runner Up: Airline Approved OxGord Pet Carrier

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EW2WKZU/

The OxGord Pet Carrier is one of the most respected name in the pet supply and accessory industry. Their airline approved, soft sided carrying case features a Sherpa bed inside, which is  going to make your kitty comfortable while traveling. The pet carrier is quite sturdy, even though there are numerous mesh panels to promote air circulation and breathability. When you’re traveling in the car with the carrier, there are safety belt straps that allows you to buckle the carrier securely to the seat.

This pet carrier is FAA Airline Approved, which means that you can fly with your cat without any hassle. If you do have a cat who gets anxious while flying, the unwind and bind feature is designed to keep your kitty calm in-flight. If there is a favorite treat or toy your cat likes, you can tuck it away in the storage compartments that are designed in the bag.

Notable features of the Airline Approved OxGord Pet Carrier include:

19"x10"x13" inches - Can hold up to 15 pounds.

Compliant with most airlines (please check with your airline before flying).

The unwind and bind feature allow owners access to their pets without the risk of escape.

Includes:

Removable fleece travel bed

Padded shoulder strap

Lost and found tag

Storage compartments for medicine, toys and treats.

Made from durable and comfortable breathable materials for maximum airflow.

Ventilated security screens are easy to clean and 100 percent washable.

Money Back Guarantee

When looking at what people had to say about the Airline Approved OxGord Pet Carrier, they had great things to say. Many customers commented that the design of this carrying case is well thought out and they like that the case is easy to use. People also appreciated that the bed can be removed to be washed and the water-resistant underside will protect the rest of the carrier from getting damaged if the cat has an accident. Customers also liked that there is a zipper that makes it easy for you to check on your cat without worrying about the cat escaping.

Some people were not as impressed with this case and left critical reviews. Of these critical reviews, the most common problem people had was that the seam on their bag popped. They went on to say the cat wasn’t doing anything vicious to the bag – they just leaned on it. Some people said the zippers were difficult to use with one hand without it getting stuck. A few other people commented that the bag was too small and their cats would not fit into it.

Best Hard Sided Cat Carrier

Winner: Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0062JFGM0/

Unlike other pet carriers you may come across, the Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel features a door on top of the crate that enables you to lower your kitty inside if they are hesitant to going in through the front door. Not only will the top loading door make it easier to put your cat inside, but you can check in on your cat without having to jostle the crate to peer in through the side. The handle on the crate is designed to be ergonomic and it’ll fit comfortably in the hand.

This crate doesn’t rely on a latch system to hold the components together, instead it requires hardware that is going to be far better at holding everything together. When it is all assembled, you’ll be able to take this cat carrier on an airplane, as it meets all airline travel requirements. You’ll want to put a small pet bed or a comfortable blanket inside so that your cat is nice and comfortable for the journey.

Notable features of the Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel include:

Steel and plastic construction for enhanced strength, safety and visibility

2-door carrier design allows for easy access to pets

Durable ergonomic carry handle for safer pet transport

Water cup NOT included. Inner Dimensions: 21" x 14.75" x 13.25"

Ideal for small pets no more than 7 inches tall and 15 inches in length

Product Dimensions : 24.05" X 16.75" X 14.5"

 

When looking at what people had to say about the Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel, they had great things to say. Many customers reported that the crate was easy to assemble and they appreciated that the necessary hardware was included with the crate. People also appreciated that the crate was large enough to accommodate small dogs, cats (of course) and other pets like rabbits and guinea pigs. When it comes to loading their pets inside the crate, many customers appreciated the option to put them in through the front, but also using the top door.

On the other hand, not everyone was satisfied with their purchase and they left some critical comments about the carrier. The most common complaint people had was that the crate wasn’t as large as they had hoped. People commented that their pet barely had any room to move around. Others commented that the crate didn’t feel very sturdy, even though it was made from a thick plastic. Some went on to say that the top door needs to be held open, which is impossible if you’re struggling to get your cat in the crate to begin with.

Runner Up: AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OP6SVJW/

The AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel is an affordable two door pet carrier that allows you to safely carry your cat from one place to another. This unit has a steel wire front door, but it also has a door on the top where you can lower your kitty down into the carrier if they are reluctant to go in by themselves. The top door can be opened either on the right or the left. This convenience lends itself to being a functional carrier for right handed pet owners and left handed pet owners alike.

This pet carrier is made from a heavy duty plastic material that will your cat contained, regardless of how much they may struggle. There is plenty of ventilation in this carrying case so that your cat has access to fresh air, but so that you can look in a check on your kitty, but also for your cat to look out and be aware of their surroundings.

Notable features of the AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel include:

Two-door, top-load model allows for easy loading of your cat or dog

Measures 23x15x13 inches (LxWxH)

Top door can open to the left or right for easy access and convenience

Included screws can be used to further secure the top and bottom of kennel for reinforcement

Made of durable plastic with a steel-wire front door

 

When looking at what people had to say about the AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel, they had great things to say. Customers who left positive reviews of these carriers commented on how nicely the carrier was constructed. People felt that the plastic was sturdy and they could rely on the steel wire door to stay latched. Customers appreciated that there was a door on top of the carrier because their cats were apprehensive about going into the carrier on their own.

There were some people who were less impressed with their purchase and they had some concerns about the quality. The most concerning complaint was that the top door was not very sturdy and when you used the handle to carry the case, the top door would open. Many were upset that this is quite dangerous, as their cats could have ran away and gotten hurt when the door opened and the case fell in a busy parking lot. Others were upset that the holes for the screws didn’t line up properly, making it very difficult (or impossible) to get all the screws in.

What To Look For When Choosing the Best Cat Carrier?

Choosing a pet carrier for your pet is incredibly important because you want to make sure they are safe, secure, and comfortable. If you travel a lot and you want to bring your cat, instead of finding a house sitter or lodging solution, you may want to consider finding the best cat carrier for air travel, as these are going to be airline approved.

Here are the main factors you will want to take into consideration when looking for your new cat carrier:

Type: There are several different types of carriers that you can choose from:

 

Cardboard Carrier: A cardboard carrier is usually given to new cat-parents who are bringing home a newly adopted cat or kitten from a shelter. These carriers are not suited for long term or air travel.

 

Soft Carrier: A soft carrier is generally made from a soft nylon material and will have a sturdy, removable bottom. They often look like a large gym bag with mesh windows so the cat can get plenty of fresh air. They will have zipper openings on the side of the bag and on the top.

 

Hard Carrier: These carriers are often made from plastic or polypropylene and they are going to have ventilation on each side of the crate. These crates will have one or two doors (one on the side and one on the top) and they are going to be the easiest to clean.

 

Size: The size of your carrier should be large enough so that your cat has enough room to stand, stretch, and turn around. Size is especially important if you are going on longer trips because you want to make sure there is enough room in the carrier for food and water dishes. To figure out the size, you will want to know the size and weight of your cat and choose a carrier that way.

 

Ventilation: It’s important that the cat carrier you opt for has plenty of ventilation while you are traveling. Not only is it important for your cat to have fresh air, but the best cat carrier for nervous cats will have ways for you to look in, and them to look out, also.

 

Easiness to Clean: Cleaning your cat carrier is going to be par for the course while traveling, so you’re going to want a case that is easy to clean. There are some soft cases that have removable bottoms, but if you just want something super simple, a hard carrier is the way to go.

 

Airline Approved: Traveling with your pets can be tricky, especially if you are flying. However, look for an airline approved carrier to make sure your pet is going to be safe. Each airline has their own regulations, although most of the best cat carriers for airplane travel will be safe to use on all airlines. To be safe, you should always check with your preferred airline for these regulations.

Our Recommendation

There are many cat carriers on the market and choosing the best cat carrier for your furry friend doesn’t have to be a hassle. Of the ones we’ve discussed in these buying guide, the Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier is by far our top choice. It’s affordable, it’s a soft carrier that your cat will be able to breathe and move in, and when it isn’t being used, it folds up nice and compact for storing! What more could you ask for? Oh, that’s right! A soft fleece bed and a collapsible water dish. How perfect is that?

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