Teddy’s Harness Recommendations

One of the most common questions I get is for harness recommendations. In this post I will review all the harnesses I have personally tried and can recommend.

Before I get started, I have to note that all cats are shaped differently, just like humans, and what works for my cat may not work well for yours. So I would really recommend you to go to a store with a great return policy, try out a few options, and see what works best for your cat. Also, no harness is 100% escape proof. You have to work with training your cat (Refer to our Leash and Harness Training Guide) to accept the harness so they will not try to fight it, and work on recall training as a back up resort. Try to never pull the leash forwards which allows them to back out of the harness. The video below demonstrates how cats can escape EVERY type of harness if you pull forwards.

Jump to:

  1. RC Pets Moto Control Harness (Top Pick)
  2. RC Pets Adventure Cat Harness
  3. Clothings4cats Harness
  4. RC Pets Kitty Harness (Beginner Harness)
  5. Petsafe Come With Me Kitty Harness (Beginner Harness)
  6. Grreat Choice Kitty Harness (Beginner Harness)

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RC Pets Moto Control Harness
(Top Pick)

The RC Pets Moto Control Harness is a dog harness, but it is my current favourite harness. It fits Teddy the best, and I feel like it is the most comfortable for him as well. It has some additional features which makes it very versatile. I have been using this harness primarily for the past year, and I am happy to continue using this until I find a better one.

The Good:

  • Force Distribution
    The chest piece of this harness is great at distributing any pull force. It is also shaped in a way that it does not cut into his neck or arms.
  • Back straps
    The back of the harness (at the shoulder blades) are straps so it feels less restrictive. I find that if the harness if heavy on the shoulders, he tends to slouch when he walks.
  • Two leash rings
    The harness has two leash attachment ring. This is great for one to attach an ID tag, and the other one for the leash. It also makes it very versatile under any clothing, because the leash holes in jackets vary in location, so having two leash rings really helps.
  • Handle
    My favourite part of this harness is the handle. It was designed to be secured to a seatbelt, but I don’t use it for that. My car seat seat has a tether which hooks onto the handle really well. The handle is also really helpful to hold onto them if you every need to.

The Bad:

  • Fixed neck strap
    The neck piece is not detachable so you need to put your cat’s head through the neck hole. Some cats may not like this. I don’t have too much trouble with this since its a very quick action. You also need to remove the harness by pulling it over their head. I find that if you flip the harness forwards and tug slightly, the cat will instinctively wriggle their head out of it.
RC Pets Moto Control Harness

RC Pets Adventure Kitty Harness

The RC Pets Adventure Kitty Harness (available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca) is also a popular choice for cats, as it is designed specifically for cats. It is similar to the Moto Control Harness above, but without the handle and extra leash loop

(I don’t personally own this harness as I exchanged it for the Moto Harness, but @thegibsonchronicles uses this one!)

The good:

  • Force Distribution
    The chest piece of this harness is great at distributing any pull force. This harness comes higher on the neck compared to the Moto Harness.
  • Neck Buckle
    The latest version of this harness (added in 2020) includes a buckle instead of a fixed neck strap, so this harness does not have to go over your cat’s head. This means you can adjust it tighter on the neck.

The bad:

  • Chest Piece
    The way the chest piece is shaped, sometimes the part under the buckle can flip over. It isn’t a big deal functionally, but its noticeable in photos.
  • One leash ring, no handle
    Not exactly a flaw by itself, but compared to the Moto Harness, I prefer the added functionality of the extra leash ring and handle.

Clothings4cats Harness

The Clothings4Cats harness is a butterfly style harness. I use this harness for more casual activities like walking around a local park.

Similar styles are sold on Butterfly Cat Jackets, Mynwood Cat Jackets, All Cats Good, and Olivia cat Jackets.

I personally own the Clothings4Cats harness as it is made by our friend @spikie_spycat.

The good:

  • Easy to size
    This harness has velcro straps so it usually fits a large range of cats.
  • Easy to put on
    This harness doesn’t go over the neck, so it is fairly easy to put on the cat.
  • Fun patterns
    Since this harness has a lot of fabric, they are usually found in colourful and fun patterns. You have a lot of options. There are some versions with a hood or wings!
  • Difficult to escape
    This harness is fairly difficult to escape, as the neck and chest straps can be adjusted to fit the cat perfectly.

The bad:

  • No chest support
    Although the neck strap is thick, it is still only a strap. all the pull force goes onto their neck which means this is not a good harness for cats who pull on their leash.
  • Fabric
    Due to the amount of fabric, this harness can get hot in the summer. It may also feel strange to the cat at first.
Clothings4cats harness

RC Pets Kitty Harness
(Beginner Harness)

RC Pets Kitty Harness harness

The RC Pets Kitty Harness (available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca) harness is a H-style harness. I would recommend this for a beginner harness, or for low intensity adventures, such as car rides or indoor activities.

The good:

  • Easy to size
    This harness is very adjustable and will fit a large range of cats.
  • Easy to put on
    This harness doesn’t go over the neck, so it is fairly easy to put on the cat.
  • Lightweight
    This is a minimal harness and is the most comfortable for cats generally, and easiest for them to get used to initially.
  • Difficult to escape
    This harness can be adjusted to fit the cat perfectly, and is relatively difficult to escape.

The bad:

  • Thin straps
    All the pull force goes onto their neck which means this is not a good harness for cats who pull on their leash. This is a major disadvantage for me. While testing how escape proof it was, I was able to get the chest strap off Teddy, but the neck piece stayed on. It is essentially like a collar that does not breakaway with force, which is fairly dangerous if it gets caught on a branch or something.
RC Pets Kitty Harness

Petsafe Come With Me Kitty Harness
(Beginner Harness)

The Petsafe Come With Me Kitty Harness (available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca) also has thin straps, but is more of a Y-shape, which brings the force away from the neck onto their shoulders.

The good:

  • Lightweight
    This harness is very lightweight as it is a series of straps.
  • Extra leash length
    The hook where the leash is attached to, is a long “tail”, which is useful under jackets because the leash holes don’t always line up perfectly. I like using this harness in the winter time.
  • Y-shaped straps
    The shape of this harness brings the straps away from the neck, and puts the pull force on their shoulders. This is much better for cats who might pull.

The bad:

  • Thin straps
    Although the neck strap is lower down the chest, it is still only a strap. This is not a great harness for cats who pull on their leash.
  • Confusing at first
    The straps be a little confusing at first. There are more straps than a H-style harness.
  • The rubber ring can slip
    The black rubber ring, behind the second metal loop, is supposed to hold the neck straps in place. However, it often slips, and is not secure. Most people will add their own elastic, or tie the excess strap to prevent this.
  • Easy to escape
    If your cat often tries to escape the harness, this is not a great option. It was fairly easy to escape in my tests.
Petsafe Come With Me Kitty Harness – see the orange elastic band I added to keep the straps in place

Grreat Choice Cat Harness
(Beginner Harness)

Grreat Choice Cat Harness

The Grreat Choice Cat Harness is kind of in between the Petsafe and H-style harnesses. It has an extra strap down the chest connecting the neck and chest straps, which helps with weight distribution. This was Teddy’s first harness and a good beginner harness.

The good:

  • Lightweight
    This harness is very lightweight as it is a series of straps.
  • Extra chest strap
    The extra strap at the front of the chest means more weight distribution for any pull force.

The bad:

  • Thin straps
    Tt is still made of straps. All the pull force goes into the straps, which means this is not a good harness for cats who pull on their leash. I also think the metal ring sits directly on their collar bone which doesn’t seem comfortable.
  • Confusing at first
    The straps be a little confusing at first. There are more straps than a H-style harness.
Grreat Choice Cat Harness

Conclusion

Harnesses are a personal choice and depends on what works well for your cat. If your cat tends to pull on the leash, selecting one with a chest piece would be ideal. If your cat likes to escape the harness, a more secure butterfly harness would be ideal. And if you’re just starting out with a cat who isn’t used to a harness, a thin scrappy H-style harness might be best. It all depends on your cats’ needs, and don’t be afraid to try several styles before committing to one!

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