Our cat's (reluctant) first time putting on a leash harness
Jun 21, 2007 - We tried putting a harness on our cats today and they both were crawling around like they were walking under a table or something
Your cat may resist putting on the harness when you attempt to do it. She just needs some time to learn that the harness is perfectly safe and will do no harm. What you can do is offer your cat her favorite treat and a lot of encouragement when you are putting on the harness. Speak calmly and softly. It will help compose and soothe the cat. Also your encouragement will reassure your cat that she is in good hand. Initially your cat may act a little strange to have a harness strapped around her. Leave it on for a few minutes and then take it off. While the harness is on, bring your cat to a window or a door. By repeating this exercise several times a day for 7 - 10 days, your cat will begin to associate the harness with the outdoors while being acclimated to wearing the harness.
I have a cat too, and he hates the harness as well. Maybe it is just uncomfortable for it so you can try getting a softer and less tight harness. If he or she is trying to reach behind and pull it off, that's a sign he doesn't want it. What I did is I left the cat with the harness on so he would get used to it, then attached a leash. Sometimes the cat just doesn't want to be on a leash. Train the cat and after putting on the harness give it a treat. Soon the cat will get used to the harness. As I said, sometimes the cat just doesn't want it, it's too tight or uncomfortable or he needs to get used to it. Hope this was helpful
How to Put on a Cat Harness: 12 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
How to Leash Train a Cat: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
Allow your cat time to acclimate to the harness before putting it onhim. Leave the harness on the floor where your cat examine it carefullyfor a day or two before you try putting it on.For starters, their heavy weight means putting more strain on the harness and the leash. A cat’s throat, unlike the dog’s one, is too fragile, so you can’t just attach a leash to its collar and take it out like that.Teaching your cat to walk on a leash with a harness can open up a new world of possibilities outdoors for both of you while keeping your kitty safe according to Dr. Karen Becker, DVM on Healthy Pets. Harness training is the initial part of putting a cat into a harness for the first time. Several types of cat harnesses exist; each have a distinct method for putting them on your feline friend."While the process of putting on and taking off other cat harnesses can be very stressful for your cat and frustrating for you, putting a Kitty Holster on your cat is a simple -- and much more enjoyable -- experience for both of you. You simply drape our soft cat harness over the back of your cat and reach beneath chin and belly to secure the Velcro closures. While a good-fitting Kitty Holster cat harness is very difficult for the cat to remove, it is exceedingly easy for you to take off of your cat."4. Start small. In the first session, place the harness on the cat with confidence, and fit it snugly but not tightly. The moment you’ve finished putting it on, give your cat a treat. If the cat then falls to the ground and plays dead, give it a treat if it moves at all. If it is willing to try walking in the harness, give it a treat when it takes a step. The moment the cat starts seeming overwhelmed, remove the harness and give a treat to end on a high note. Throughout the process, give lots of praise and head pats.Cats should be comfortable on their harness before heading outdoors. Once you are ready to take things outside, open the door and let your cat sniff around and choose the direction (while you are holding on to the leash). Ideally, the first outdoor space should be enclosed with a fence and not be filled with stimuli. If you live in a city, consider putting your cat in a crate and driving somewhere more remote without loud sounds and masses of people, which can be overwhelming.