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At Treehugger, we really do not advise people to let their cats roam freely outdoors. It is dangerous for cats and very risky for birds and other animals. One study found that about a third of cats that go outside kill their prey, and those outdoors cats kill an average of every 17 hours outdoors.
But that doesn’t mean your cat will have to be stuck indoors for the rest of its life. You can train your feline friend to walk on a leash and one of the best ways to do so is by using a harness. Some cats may actually want to take a walk while others just want to hang around on a leash in the yard. Just be patient and take cues from your pet. It is also a good idea to put a collar on your kitten, even if they are domestic cats, just in case they can escape.
Here are some of the safest and best cat harnesses, as well as some lovely collar choices.
Our first choice is the vest-style Kitty Holster cat harness (view on Amazon) as it is light and comfortable, but keeps your cat safe and won’t let them escape. If you prefer a harness, we like the popular PetSafe Come with Me Kitty harness (view on Amazon) that comes with a bungee leash.
Why trust Treehugger?
When recommending pet products, Treehugger always puts the comfort and safety of pets first. We are also looking for sustainable and durable materials. In searching for cat harnesses and collars for this item, we didn’t come across many eco-friendly options, but we hope our readers will choose carefully and use any cat harness or collar for years to come. As greener options become available, we’ll update this list.
The proud mother of a rescue dog, Mary Jo DiLonardo, sits on top of all the cats in the neighborhood. For more than 25 years, Mary Jo has covered a wide range of topics focusing on nature, pets, health, science, and anything that helps make the world a better place. She spent more than six years at Treehugger, formerly under the Mother Nature Network brand.