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#1 TheWeapon

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:48 PM

Hi Ladies

We're thinking of trying Whoopie with a harness so she can come downstairs with us when we hang out the washing and to have some extra outdoor time.Our last cat had no interest at all in going walkies, and as soon as her collar/leash was on would drop and refuse to move (this was over 8 years ago, and there are proper little harnesses they can wear now that are very lightweight).
Anyone else able to 'walk' their cat?

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#2 Woodland

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:00 PM

Yes wben our two burmese cats were kittens we used to take them out into the backyard on cat harnesses. We didnt use them for long but they were helpful at the very young stage.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:03 PM


I had one for Cosmo and he used to strut his stuff in it! Ours was so successful that I could walk him from the car and into the vet on just the leash.

Mine consisted of 2 adjustable elastics (maybe about 1cm width?) that went around his neck (moreso around the chest), and the other around his stomach. They were connected at the top by a ring (like on a keyring) and a clasp that had a very thin/fine leash.

We got it from the vet rather than a pet store and started using it when he was quite young.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:06 PM

QUOTE(aChocLover @ Sep 7 2012, 10:03 PM) View Post


Mine consisted of 2 adjustable elastics (maybe about 1cm width?) that went around his neck (moreso around the chest), and the other around his stomach. They were connected at the top by a ring (like on a keyring) and a clasp that had a very thin/fine leash.

We got it from the vet rather than a pet store and started using it when he was quite young.


That's the kind I have in mind. I know it's going to be either hit or miss as Whoopie is nearly 2. But the least we can do is try smile.gif
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:18 PM

QUOTE(TheWeapon @ Sep 7 2012, 10:06 PM) View Post

That's the kind I have in mind. I know it's going to be either hit or miss as Whoopie is nearly 2. But the least we can do is try smile.gif


Definitely give it a go! She might find it more comforting if she hasn't been outside very often? Good luck smile.gif

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:44 AM

It's definitely worth a try! She may not be that good at being "walked" on it, but if you just want to give her some more outdoor time it could work well.

Our boy runs up to me as soon as he sees it in my hand and he walks on it, but we can't take him for an actual walk on it. He never goes in the direction we tell him to when we try it. We just use it for letting him roam the backyard securely. So it means I either wander with him, or I sit on the patio and hold the end so he can wander but not get away.

Our girl is a bit more finicky and if she doesn't feel like it she will lay on the tiles inside with it on and refuse to get up laugh.gif Once she has been carried outside she roams around on it though.

We started out with the little harness like aChoclover described, that came with a lead, but it was quite short, so we bought a small retractable 1.5m lead that clipped onto the harness the same way and now he can wander across the whole yard. It's much better. I'll be getting another one for our girl shortly now the weather is warming up. She is still on the little kitten one.

We got the harnesses at a pet store, but I actually found the retractable lead at W00lies of all places. The pet store ones were all big dog sized ones and this one was small dog sized but perfect size for the cats. It's a Rufus & C0c0 brand.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 03:41 PM

We picked up this harness for her today. DH is trying to acclimatise her to having the harness on for short periods. If we can get her used to the harness and just walking around the apartment with it on, then we'll attach the leash and let her walk around like that for a bit. Going to be a slow process methinks, but worth it in the end!

BlueBug - yeah, we don't want to actually 'walk' her, just make it possible to take her downstairs for a little roaming time. Also, when we brought her home, we let her roam in the car, but it meant we couldn't stop during the nearly four hour trip because we couldn't risk her making a break for it, lol. If we could have the harness on her when travelling, then all we'd have to do is clip on her leash when we stop for breaks. We're planning to take her to Toowoomba with us when we spend Christmas with my family, so very keen for her to be a happy traveller!

Will post a pic of her with the harness on...if DH is successful again, lol.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:35 PM

That is the same kind of harness we have. They often try to wriggle away when we are putting them on, but wander around the house like normal once they are on thankfully!

I hope she is a good traveller for you! We found that our two were both quite happy in the car from the start, but in separate carriers they got cranky. We put their favourite blankets into their carriers and they are happy and relaxed whenever they go in the car now. We took them to visit family interstate a couple of months ago and they travelled beautifully, even with the flights there and back!

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 03:47 PM

How did you go with the harness, any luck??

I don't have any experience with one myself, but I remember when I was a kid, some distant relative of my Mum's came to visit us on the farm and they had a caravan and next thing we know, the lady comes out of the caravan with a cat on a lead, ha ha. At the time I thought it was the funniest but coolest things ever tongue.gif The cat strutted around like it owned the place on its lead!

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:40 PM

Hi Ladies

Whoopie has 'sort of' taken to the harness. We take her downstairs with the leash on and just let her wander around while we keep the leash loose so she is choosing her own path...naturally, if she doesn't want to go a certain direction, she lets us know!

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