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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-29-2008, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Dog harness OK for cats?

My cat, Nardamon, sometimes goes around the apartment, seemingly looking for someplace new. He's also shown some interest in exploring the stairwell, and possibly further. He's gotten out the door a couple of times and started cautiously sniffing around. I don't want to chance him suddenly racing off or possibly getting outside without some supervision, so I want to try him with a harness, but they don't have cat harnesses here in Israel (I got this look – harness + leash for cats ????)
I did see dog harnesses though, including one sized for Chihuahuas and other small dogs, and Nardamon (my cat) is a fairly big boy. Might the small-dog harness be OK for Nardamon to wear?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-29-2008, 01:12 PM
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Re: Dog harness OK for cats?

As long as it fits (not too tight or loose), a dog harness should be fine. Dogs and cats are basically the same shape.

Some people have reported that taking a cat outside on a leash & harness increased the cat's desire to door-dash.
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Re: Dog harness OK for cats?

My former cat, Ginger RIP, insisted on going out twice a day for an hour or so, and usually came back on his own. He'd been around for a while before I adopted him, so he knew where things were, where he lived and how to get back home.
I won't mind if Nardamon gets to be the same way, but he doesn't know the neighborhood yet, so I'm afraid that if he got out, he wouldn't know how to get back. I'm also not sure how he'd get along outside because I know he's always been an indoors cat. Ginger RIP obviously knew his way around because he'd been doing it for a few weeks before I adopted him.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-29-2008, 04:38 PM
 
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Re: Dog harness OK for cats?

I use a small dog "H" harness on my 7lb
cat with 7" neck and they work just fine.
make sure you fit it nice and snug, not loose,
since cats are better escape artists than dogs.
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Re: Dog harness OK for cats?

I used a harness for a small dog on one of my big cats (19 lbs.) and it worked fine. Make sure you look for one that isn't easy to slip out of. You need wide straps that go around the front of the body as well as the midsection.

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-30-2008, 08:06 AM
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Re: Dog harness OK for cats?

Cat's are indeed excellent escape artists, and some people have reported better luck with walking vests:

http://www.petwalkingvest.com/6.html

http://www.petdiscounters.com/c42/Wa...ash-p7634.html

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_426odnogyh_b


Just another idea, I can't recommend anything in this regard, as I've never been brave enough to try to walk a cat


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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-30-2008, 09:50 AM
 
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Re: Dog harness OK for cats?

yeah, a vest is also a great idea.
my breeder had ones with handles
on them so you could carry the
cat like a purse. if you want I can
find out where she gets them.
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Re: Dog harness OK for cats?

Location: Israel.
Definitely not USA. I was lucky to find a dog harness
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-30-2008, 11:23 AM
 
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Re: Dog harness OK for cats?

yeah, I'm not surprised you can't find much for cats in Israel.
Jerusalem is over run with feral cats, so people don't see them
as potential pets, just a public nuisance. Just stop looking for
cat specific items (accept food) - think really small dog stuff.

you should really shop on ebaY for cat accessories because
there are lots of Hong Kong, Australia, and Japanese based
resellers who ship all over the world on the cheap. Just this
Month I bought several items for my cat from overseas, and
I'm here in NYC, USA - where you can buy almost anything.
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Re: Dog harness OK for cats?

All Israel is overrun with feral cats, but that doesn't mean people don't keep them as pets too. There are even a number of places that breed various pedigree cats (Persian, Siamese, British etc.). You can find a fair amount of stuff for cats, but not everything (things not available unfortunately includes quality wet food )
I tried ebay for various things, including Zoom Groom. Shipping was too expensive to make it worth while for the stuff I looked at. I bought the Zoom Groom at the store of www.theanimalrescuesite.com, along with some other stuff. The Zoom Groom was more expensive there, but you can't beat the shipping price (especially when they do one of their free shipping deals).
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