FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How to put a harness on a cat?

If your cat has never worn a cat harness or a cat collar it may be a slow transition for your kitty so please be patient. Let them sniff it, inspect it, encourage them with pats and treats. We also recommend the process inside the home as it is easier to put on. More detailed instructions and tips can be found on our blog post here.

How to train a cat to walk on a harness?

Remember, training your cat to walk your cat with a harness and leash is not a race. The trick is to start slow, take baby steps forward, and expect setbacks. Some of our best training tips can be found on our blog here.

Do cats like harnesses?

Most cats and kittens, can be trained to walk in a cat harness and lead. The earlier the better, but you can always try teach an old cat new tricks. House cats especially, love the opportunity to safely explore the outdoors. After all it is their natural environment. They might not take to it the first couple tries, but eventually they love it.

How to fit a cat harness?

To fit our Catventure Cat Harness, start by measuring your cat and comparing with our sizing chart below. Having the correct size will prevent the cat from escaping. Our velcro adjustable cat harness is easy to put on simple adjust the chest strap first then the neck strap with their front legs in between. Ensure it is a snug fit, not too tight and not too loose.

How do I measure my cat?

The easiest way to measure your cats neck and chest circumference is with a soft tape measure. If you do not have one, you can use a piece of string or fabric then measure it up against a ruler.

Cat Harness Sizing Chart

Size      Neck Circumference      Chest Circumference
XS 14 - 21cm 18 - 28cm
S 17 - 22cm 29 - 37cm
M 22 - 29cm 34 - 41cm
L 26 - 32cm 38 - 48cm
XL 29 - 36cm 41 - 51cm
XXL 32 - 38cm 51 - 61cm


Is there an escape proof cat harness?

Yes, our Catventure harness is an escape proof harness providing the correct size is used and velcro straps adjusted correctly.

How tight should cat harness be?

Ensure it is a snug fit, not too tight and not too loose. Check out the photo below for a guide.

Are cat harnesses safe?

Yes, cat harnesses are safe. Our Catventure cat harness is designed to be a comfortable fit and produces no discomfort compared to some thinner strapped harnesses.

Can a cat wear a dog harness?

We do not recommend for cats to wear a dog harness as they are designed for dogs, not cats.

How long does it take to harness train a cat?

Each cat is unique. Some may take up the harness training really quick and some may take some more work. Regular training is the best way to speed up your cats walking progress and confidence.

How to get a cat used to a harness?

Leave the cat harness out for your cat to sniff and inspect, place the harness somewhere familiar without invading their safe spaces. Once your cat is comfortable and has lived with the harness in their space, we recommend trying on the harness inside the home. Let them walk around in it inside the home before attaching the leash and taking your cats outdoors.

How to get a cat into harness?

To get your cat into the harness, hold your cat and encourage them with pats and slowly fit the belly band around their torso with a finger of space between their body and the cat harness. Keep giving your cat some nice chin scratches as they may feel a bit strange. Once you feel your cat is ready, secure the neck band on with a finger space of room between their neck and the harness.

Why do cats fall over when they wear a harness?

Many cats will fall over when they first try a harness because it triggers a survival response. It also might be from having the harness too tight. Help them overcome this with highly attractive motivation (treats) and lots of praise.

What if my cat doesn't like the harness?

Don't be disheartened if your cat does not take to the harness instantly. If you rush into it too quickly they may get anxious. Remember small steps to achieving those big goals.

Where are our products made?

All Cat Harness Australia products are proudly designed in-house in the Illawarra region, NSW. Our popular design kickstarted the need for a range of colours to accomodate the Aussie lifestyle.

In order to keep building a strong Aussie small business that delivers affordable, high quality products to Australians, we need to continue to improve what we do, how we do it and sometimes where we need to do it - for that reason our products are ethically and responsibly produced in China.

A third party auditor, Amfori 'Trade with Purpose', perform an annual Social Audit on the manufacturer to ensure they meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance and transparency to balance profit and purpose. Regular check ins with the factory ensures a high standard of working conditions, pay and product quality. 

We absolutely know that some people don’t want products made in China, but we wanted to give you all the facts and be transparent. We are always looking for ways to improve and do better and we will always keep you in the loop, every step of the way. 

At Cat Harness Australia, we’re committed to people, sustainability and preserving our natural environment. We will continue to search for alternative, cost effective manufacturing locally here in Australia.