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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-19-2016, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Cat harness too tight?

I can fit two fingers under either loop. But I still worry about whether the harness is too tight. I don't want to strangle my cat. He seems to enjoy the harness. Never had any issues, he took to it immediately. My friend thinks it may be like a security blanket for him.

The fact that he is not struggling makes me think that he is ok. But I still worry. when he lies down, the straps holding the two loops together pull the the collar back.. it just makes me nervous.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-20-2016, 04:36 PM
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that's what I'm told. He's really mellow. I adopted him from Petsmart when he was like 8 months old.

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I think you have it right: you're supposed to be able to fit two fingers under the collar. Is your harness all one piece, or does it attach to a separate collar? I had a very old harness where it would have been relatively easy to get the collar too tight if you weren't careful about fastening it properly. In fact, I almost had that awful situation with my first cat. But I think most collars now are breakaway, so if the tension was too great, it would snap free.
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I think you have it right: you're supposed to be able to fit two fingers under the collar. Is your harness all one piece, or does it attach to a separate collar? I had a very old harness where it would have been relatively easy to get the collar too tight if you weren't careful about fastening it properly. In fact, I almost had that awful situation with my first cat. But I think most collars now are breakaway, so if the tension was too great, it would snap free.
It's two pieces. it is the harness, but the big loop can unsnap and be pulled out. it is like the front of the harness, and then a bottom and top strip that go back. then the big loop is threaded through those two strips to form the big loop.
it is not a breakaway.

Right now my issue is getting him to move when on the leash. he just lies there... uninterested.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-21-2016, 08:46 AM
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Oh yes, I know that Don't Move tactic. For me it was called "Taking the Cat for a Drag". With that cat I never did work it out, it was a complete FAIL.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 02:38 AM
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LOL, grandpa. My first cat was like that at first, like she wasn't quite sure what she was supposed to do with this thing on.

Two of the three cats I've had loved the harness. Well, maybe not the harness, but the fact that they knew the harness meant they were going outside.

eldercat, I called it "taking the cat for a sit." Margaux would find a bush that apparently appeared promising to her, sit in front of it, and wait for something to happen.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-23-2016, 06:12 PM
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I should be SNUG. Loose enough for comfort, strong enough to hold. My late great orange boy would do that too. Lay on his side, 'WHAT did I do, that Kurt put THIS on me?' Robin kept slipping his harness...
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-23-2016, 06:15 PM
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That's 'IT should be snug'. Haven't figured out the new edit feature...
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