Best Cat Harness and Leash Reviews
The Ideal Cat Harness and Leash for Your Feline Friend
It was after a small mishap a few years ago, involving my pet Siamese cat that I started to search for the best cat harness. And to my surprise, I discovered that most of the products in the market don’t cut it when it comes to keeping your pets safe, especially during travel. Thankfully, Coco, my cat survived the incident but had to undergo extensive treatment to get back on her feet.
Depending on whether you are looking to restraint your curious cat and prevent it from moving around in the car or whether you are looking for a harness for walking, buying a harness off the shelves is not devoid of pitfalls.
A cheaply built harness (like most of the aggressively marketed ones in the market) can turn your pet into a projectile in case of an accident, bite into your pet’s skin if they pull on the leash or even tear or rip allowing the escape artist in your pet to break free during a journey. Ever seen a cat wiggle backwards and squirm out of a harness?
They are the smartest creatures on the planet, let me tell you.
Due to their soft throats, cats are at a high risk of choking too during leisure walks.
You have to ensure that you do your research before swiping your credit card because your pet’s life may depend on it if it ever does come down to it.
If you are reading this, chances are that your old cat harness just bit the dust or you are looking for a durable and reliable cat harness for your new fur ball. Either ways, you are in luck for I have listed the top 10 best cat harnesses in the market over here.
As a cat guardian who has lived with 9 felines and someone who’s active in the community programs with pets, you can be rest assured that my recommendations are based on actual experiences, user feedback and the durability and features of the harnesses.
10 Best Cat Harness and Leash Reviews
So sit back with a cup of popcorn and enjoy the list.
1. Kitty Holster Cat Harness
I am always in favor of a cat harness vest because it offers a secure and perfect fit around the cat’s body and allows for even weight distribution even if the cat pulls on the leash occasionally. Kitty Holster is one of the oldest and most reputed brands for cat harnesses and this vest styled harness is one of their flagship offerings.
This is an award winning product that is manufactured in the USA. While I have nothing against products manufactured elsewhere, it always gives a sense of security to buy a home made product from a business that has a great rating on the BBB.
Made from 100% soft and non-abrasive cotton, the Kitty Holster Cat Harness is extremely comfortable for your pet to wear. As a reason, most cats are not weary about slipping into this. It features secure hook and loop closures that allows you to release your cat easily after the walk. A D-ring for attaching the leash is positioned perfectly.
The perfect fit and the design will prevent your cat from escaping out of the holster en route.
If you prefer some color for your kitty, then the Kitty Holster cat harness is available in 8 different bright and stylish colors. Also, the company (Crazy K Farm Poultry and Livestock) runs an animal rescue center and 10% of the proceeds from every sale is donated to this noble cause.
- Stylish, soft and comfortable vest harness for cats
- Made from 100% soft and non-abrasive cotton lining
- Secure hook and loop closures make it easy to slip this on your pet
- Includes a D-Ring for attaching a leash
- Snug fit prevents cats from escaping
- Straps higher on the chest which is ideal for cats
Verdict: The Kitty Holster is perfect for cat guardians who are at their wits end with their cats escaping from strap styled harnesses. This is a escape proof cat harness and will keep your pets safe, secure and comfortable.
2. Rogz Catz Reflective Lead and Adjustable Cat Harness
Some cats absolutely despise the snug fit that comes with a vest styled harness. So, it is not uncommon to see them freeze up and even try to rip it apart at the first chance they get. This reflective and adjustable cat harness from Rogz Catz is just what you need if you have a vest-hater at home.
This is a beautifully designed cat harness leash that fits at two positions on the cat’s torso. You have the upper collar which secures under the neck and the lower one which fits perfectly under the belly. This allows you to control the cat during walks and prevents the cats from chasing squirrels, birds or anything else that catches their fancy. It is fully adjustable for cats that are 9-15 inches in girth and you can also buy matching collars from the same brand.
Make no mistake, it will be very difficult for your pet to wiggle his way out of this provided you buy the right size. So, even if you are looking for a no-escape harness, this is one of the best options that you have.
It is made from durable nylon which has a scratch and snag-proof webbing making it perfect for outdoor cats too. You can be rest assured that exploring the woods won’t leave the harness in tatters.
The reflective screen printing allows clear visibility in low light and keeps your cat safe from speeding vehicles.
- Made from heavy-duty nylon
- Extremely durable
- Completely adjustable
- No Escape design
- Fits perfectly
- Reflective screen printing
- 8m lead
- Scratch and snag-proof webbing
Verdict: The design, the perfect fit and the quality makes this one of the top contenders for the best cat harness and leash combo in the market. Great pricing too!
3. Cute Adorable Pet Cat Harness and Leash Set
My #3 pick is one of the most beautifully designed vest styled harness and leash combos that you can ever buy for your furball. This is the pink adorable pet cat harness with an artificial pearl wing set and a lace design that will make them the star of the neighborhood.
Be it for walks, for parties or for extra special occasions that demand the pampering, this pet cat harness is just what your kitty needs. Made from 100% lightweight, soft and breathable fabric, it will keep your pet warm and cozy.
Also, it is surprisingly low on maintenance. Any accidental spills, dirt or water can be removed with a simple wash and it will be back to good-as-new.
This cat harness for walking is available in three different sizes and the smallest one has a 11 inch chest girth making it one of the only XS sized cat harnesses in the market. If you have a pygmy sized baby at home, then this is the best cat harness that you can buy for them.
Apart from a Velcro strap which allows you to secure the fit, this cat harness and leash set also features two D-ring attachments which when hooked to the leash, provide a perfect fit for your pet. It is impossible to wiggle out of and your pet will be controlled during their daily strolls.
- Made from soft and breathable fabric
- Cute and stylish design with artificial pearl wings
- Bright and attractive color
- Keeps your pet warm and cozy
- Available in three different sizes
- Multiple security features including a Velcro strap and two D-ring attachments
Verdict: This cute and adorable Amazon cat harness is a versatile choice. Be it for Halloween or for grabbing some eyeballs in the neighborhood, this fits the bill perfectly.
4. Kitty Holster Reflective Safety Harness
Kitty Holster returns to our list of the best cat harnesses with this patent pending design which is touted by many cat guardians as one of the only harnesses that their cats couldn’t break out of. How’s that for an endorsement?
With a very bright and yellow color, this harness is easily visible even from a distance. If you have a prowler at home, this allows you to keep them in sight at all times. For low light, it features a reflective strip.
The harness is made of 100% soft and washable cotton that is comfortable on your pet’s skin and is breathable when they are walking outdoors.
It features one of the best quality Velcro that I have ever seen on a cat harness. Be rest assured that he’s not wiggling out of this. But the downside is that it can be a tad loud especially if your pet is not used to it. If you find your pet getting spooked by the sound of removing the Velcro, then you may have to take some time and train them to get used to it.
But it isn’t as difficult as it sounds and most cats get adjusted in just a couple of days. The D-ring attachment is positioned to perfection and allows you to control the cat during your walks.
- Patent pending design
- Bright yellow color for daytime visibility and reflective strips for low light visibility
- Durable Velcro straps
- No-escape design
- Secure and snug fit
- 100% soft and breathable cotton
Verdict: Kitty Holster reflective safety harness is hands down, the best cat harness for traveling and also for walking. It is safe, escape-proof and comfortable. Your cat will love it too.
5. Lupine H-Style Pet Harness
LupinePet makes really attractive strap styled harnesses for cats and some of their designs are quite popular among the community. It wouldn’t be possible without including one of their pet harnesses in our list while choosing the best cat harness in the market.
This is their H-Styled pet harness with the sea glass design that looks extremely cute against the fur of your pet. At the same time, the color is not garish. It is pleasing and attractive.
The material is soft but durable nylon. Indoor cats (and dogs up to 20 lbs) will find it comfortable for everyday wear and outdoorsy active cats will not end up getting tangled in it. The webbing does not snag or tear either. It comes with a guarantee even against chewing. So cat guardians who find harnesses in tatters more often than not, can take a breather.
The design may seem simple and minimalistic. But it is very effective in preventing the cat from escaping. At the same time, it does not restrict the natural movement of the cat in any way and lets them explore the turf comfortably.
When you wish to release your cat from the harness, all it takes is pressing the quick-release clip and you can even do it with one hand.
- Simple but stylish H-Styled harness in an attractive sea glass design
- Adjustable collar and girth
- Very effective in preventing cats from escaping
- Does not strain their necks or bodies
- Allows their natural movement
- Completely adjustable
Verdict: Beautifully designed, well constructed and priced just under $$, this best cat walking harness covers all the bases that one looks for while shopping for cat harnesses. Hard to go wrong with it!
6. PetSafe COME WITH ME KITTY Cat Harness
Jermaine, my American Bobtail has an uncanny knack of slipping out of harnesses and prowling around the backyard. Occasionally, he even bypasses the fence and risks being run over by a car or being chased by the Labrador next door. So, I was looking for a simple strap styled harness with a long leash that would allow me to tether him preventing him from wandering off too far but allowing him to enjoy the backyard.
Enter the PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Cat Harness and the problem’s solved. Jermaine isn’t complaining and I am pleased that I can see him from my study.
This is a kitty harness with an extendable bungee leash that goes from 40 inches to 64 inches when required and gives your cat some room to walk around. This neat little feature is also pretty useful if your cat has a habit of lunging forward suddenly during walks. This will prevent any unwanted strain on their delicate bones.
It features a sternum slide which allows you to customize the fit according to your cat’s size and a shoulder strap which tightens gently when you need better control over your pet.
The nylon material is extremely durable. I have tried this harness with Alex, my Maine Coon who likes to take a walk around the woods on his own. He has returned with two cotton vest harnesses in shreds. Not this one. A tad dirty maybe but never torn or snagged.
- Comfortable and durable harness with a bungee leash
- Shoulder straps that tighten gently when needed
- Bungee leash extends from 40 inches to 64 inches giving your cat some room to move about
- Ideal for walking and even if you want to tether your cat and keep an eye on them
- Available in a variety of attractive colors
Verdict: This is a very versatile cat harness that can be used for travel, walking and even for tethering your pet. It has a 100% positive customer rating too..
7. OFPUPPY Escape Proof Cat Harness and Leash Set Adjustable
Most of the cat harnesses in the market are designed for small to medium sized cats. But if you have a large sized furball that is agile and athletic, then you may find that they can find their way out of harnesses easily and some even chew their way out of it.
This escape-proof large cat harness from Doggy’s Collection is designed for large sized cats and small dogs. As the name suggests, they will find that it isn’t easy to break out of this one. With a no-pull design and with a 40 inch leash, it prevents your cats from straining their shoulders or spine if they suddenly decide to chase a squirrel or challenge the dog next door.
The no-pull design lets them tug at the leash but allows you complete control at all times. It does not choke them.
This escape-proof harness is completely adjustable and has two adjusting points which let you tailor the fit from 11.5 to 16.5 inches of chest girth.
Like most other strap styled harness for cat, this one is made of strong nylon that is soft but durable. It does not bite into the skin of your pet and has no sharp edges. The metal connector is extremely durable and it also features high quality plastic harness clips that let you release your pet in a jiffy if need be.
The bright pink color with the contrasting animal print is a favorite with cat guardians. It is stylish and suits most cat breeds easily.
- Set of a 4 feet leash and a step-in harness
- Completely adjustable at two different places
- Escape-proof design
- Adjustable from 11.5 to 16.5 inches of chest girth
- Fits your pet’s body perfectly
- Durable nylon that is soft and comfortable
Verdict: This escape-proof harness is a lifesaver for cat guardians with large sized kitties who routinely break out of flimsy and cheaply made harnesses. This is the best cat harness and leash that you can buy if your cat weighs more than 10 pounds.
8. CatYou Durable Cat Car Travel Safety Harness
I started this article with a mention of a mishap that Bob, my pet Siamese suffered during a trip to the vet. My #8 pick is a car safety harness with a nylon seat belt restraint that can be used to secure your cat during car travel. This is a very useful piece of equipment that is almost a must-have if you travel with your pet in your car. It will keep both you and your pet safe.
It has a vest-styled design with plush padding on the belly area with a breathable mesh liner which keeps your pet comfortable during the journey. With four adjustment points, two near the neck and two near the belly, you can ensure that the harness fits your pet snugly.
The top part of the vest slips over the head of your pet and you just need to clasp the buckle together making it extremely easy to wear and remove.
When travelling, you can use this with the adjustable seat belt restraint which connects to the seat belt button. If your cat or your dog likes to move about, then you can adjust it to leave enough room to let them move slightly but not enough to disturb you while driving.
When not traveling, this can function like any cat vest harness and can be used for routine tasks like walking.
It is durable, comfortable and very effective.
- Durable and lightweight nylon harness
- Fully padded with a breathable mesh liner
- Comfortable and safe
- Fully adjustable with four adjustment points
- Includes a car seat belt restraint
- Easy to wear and remove
Verdict: This vest styled pet harness is the best cat harness for travel. It will keep your pet restrained and comfortable. When not in use, it easily doubles up as a durable harness for everyday use. Very versatile product priced just under $$.
9. COASTAL Mesh Cat Harness
Indoor cats rarely need a high-end harness that is designed to prevent escape attempts. Instead, a very simple, comfortable and durable harness will do the job. This mesh cat harness from Coastal fits the bill perfectly. It is adjustable and designed mainly for indoor cats for everyday use around the neighborhood.
This is a vest styled cat harness with a mesh design that has a plastic buckle, a metal D-ring and a sliding plastic chest buckle which allows precise adjustment according to the chest girth of your pet. In case you didn’t notice, this is mostly plastic except for a small metal D-ring. If you travel frequently and want a harness that doesn’t get stopped by security for having too much metal, then this is one of your best choices.
This is TSA friendly and you should be able to get through most airports without any incident. Coming to the quality, the nylon mesh is very durable and the design makes it easy to put on. If your cat hates harnesses, then you may like this due to the sheer ease with which you can put this on.
But if you have an escape artist, then you are better off with some of my other recommendations in this list. A few maneuvers and your cat will easily find his way out of this one.
- Comfortable and durable mesh styled harness
- Multiple adjustment points
- Ideal for indoor cats
- Mostly plastic buckles with just one metal D-ring
- TSA friendly
- Easy to put on and remove
Verdict: This mesh cat harness is perfect for everyday use for cats that mostly like to stay indoors. Will it work for an outdoor walk? It most certainly will. But with time, your cat will figure out how to escape from it.
10. RC Pet Products 1/2-Inch Kitty Harness
A lot of pet parents use dog harnesses for their cats. While it may serve the purpose, dog harnesses usually have wider straps that are designed to fit the body of a dog. This may put unwanted strain on a cat’s body with its delicate bones. My final recommendation in this list of the best cat harness is this ½-inch kitty harness from RC pet products.
It is not too different from the other strap-styled harnesses that I have included in this list. But the ½ inch width, which is designed specifically for cats deserves a special mention.
This is a nylon harness with all-plastic buckles that is easy to wear, fit and adjust. It is machine washable too making it easy to maintain for kitties who love to explore. The harness is completely adjustable and can be tailored to fit chest girth sizes from 12.5 to 20.5-inches.
So, even if you have a large sized cat, this ½ inch kitty harness from RC pet products will fit him perfectly.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention, this harness has a no-escape design and most cats are unable to break out of it. The lack of any jagged and sharp edges ensures that any deft maneuvers for escaping do not result in injury.
- High quality nylon material
- Soft but durable
- ½ inch width makes it perfect for cats
- No-escape design
- Adjustable for chest girth sizes 12.5 to 20.5 inches
Verdict: This is perfect for large sized cats and will keep them from endangering themselves by escaping. Also, it is all plastic making it completely TSA friendly.
How to Choose a Harness for Your Cat
Most people who venture out to shop for cat harnesses for the first time spend a lot of time pondering, ‘what kind of harness is best for a cat’. Well, to be honest, there is no one size fits all harness for cats. Cats have very unique personalities and what may be the best cat harness for one may be a very poor choice for another.
Here are some of the factors to consider while making a choice.
- The Style: You can choose from a cat harness vest or strap styled harnesses. The first one is more comfortable and difficult to break out of.
- No escape design: If your cat manages to break out of strap styled harnesses, look for ones with a no-escape design.
- Material: In strap or H-styled harnesses, Nylon is the most popular choice due to its durability. But nylon-polyester blends are also equally popular. Vest styled harnesses are usually made of soft cotton.
- Hardware: Along with the material of the harness, always check the hardware, like the buckles, clasps and metal rings. If you have an active cat who likes the outdoors, then you need hardware that will hold up over time.
- Comfort: Most importantly, ensure that your cat feels comfortable in the harness. If your cat is freaking out at the first sign of the harness, then here are a few tips on training them to use it.
How to Harness Train a Cat
Harness training a cat is a matter of patience, persistence and trial and error. Most cats get used to the harness in time and with some motivation (treats). But despite your best efforts, if your cat acts frozen and turns into a lump of rock when you try to put the harness on, you may have to try a different harness.
It sounds like a bummer. But that’s just how cats are.
Take your time and make the cat comfortable by putting the harness on for short time durations inside the house. Use toys to distract them while putting the harness on. Once they wear it for a short time frame, reward them with their favorite treat.
Attach the leash for a while and keep repeating this process for a few days until they are used to it. Felix, my Himalayan was the most difficult one to harness train. But eventually, he got over his fear and now wears it like a charm. So, it is not impossible.
I hope that this article helps you make an informed decision. Just to sum it up again, I highly recommend the ‘Kitty Holster Cat Harness’ which is my #1 pick due to its quality, durability and rating among cat parents. If you are looking for the best cat harness, this is it.