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 Post subject: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:06 pm 
Hello All.

Link is doing exceptional now, and I've been inspired by everyone here to look into a lot of things I never would have with BCF (raw diets, partners, training).

Link is almost 4mo now, and I'm wondering when it is best to begin harness training, or at least getting associated with a harness? Also the best harness for them? I tried searching for threads but couldn't pin-point exact info I needed. Thanks!

Also with Winter on the way when is too cold for them to be out or is that really up to them?


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:43 pm 
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I know of Mynwood and Happy House Cats .
Both are good, and better than anything cheap/mass-produced of course.

My girl has a mynwood and she is totally used to it now.
I recommend trying to put the jacket on during a good meal time.. or start by increasing kitty's tolerance to touch (under neck and belly/chest) and when possible,
start by laying the jacket on kitty during a good meal, to fastening it on during a meal, to leaving it on for few minutes-10mins-30mins ect built up gradually over weeks.

But once you have the jacket on and not struggled against ect for a good 10/15mins
then you are ready to [make the association] with kitty that Jacket = Going out.
Which will then be the incentive (my girl is golden at this because she wants to go out) for the harness training for kittys life.
I think a bell is a good idea (on jacket) and maybe also glow collars ive seen recommended ..for night walks

Start the amount of time off (outside) small and build up over days again to give kitty time to gain confidence. I think sticking to the same walk with a jackpot play/mark area (trees are great) at one end of your route and same walk back to house. Also you can car train kitty to travel on leash (buy from zooplus) car straps and drive them to local grassy area.
I prefer night myself because less people/dogs/cars ect.


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:45 pm 
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Sc0tt wrote:
Also with Winter on the way when is too cold for them to be out or is that really up to them?
where are you? (how cold is your winter?)
Cleo shivers for a bit especially in wind. but she warms up from running and jumping and climbing ect.
She hates the wet and any rain and comes right home.


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:35 pm 
I live in IN, USA.

We have moderately cold winters but Link so far jumps in the shower and stuff with me so I know hes not afraid of water..

Thank you for the tips. I will most liekly be going with one of the 2 you've listed just because I trust these forums over other reviews for the main part.


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:39 pm 
Sorry I should have specified...


Does anyone know where to get the best quality/comfort harness in the USA?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:56 pm 
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Sc0tt wrote:
Sorry I should have specified...


Does anyone know where to get the best quality/comfort harness in the USA?

I live in Utah. I purchased from Mynwood and Happy House Cats and am pleased with both harnesses.
I also have a size small dog puffer coat that Quasar wears in winter when we take him out for any length of time. His thin Bengal fur jacket does not provide enough warmth. It needs to be worn with a harness underneath and was purchased at a local groomer's store.

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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:38 pm 
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Sc0tt wrote:
Sorry I should have specified...


Does anyone know where to get the best quality/comfort harness in the USA?

I live in Utah. I purchased from Mynwood and Happy House Cats and am pleased with both harnesses.
I also have a size small dog puffer coat that Quasar wears in winter when we take him out for any length of time. His thin Bengal fur jacket does not provide enough warmth. It needs to be worn with a harness underneath and was purchased at a local groomer's store.



I am looking at Mynwood right now. Any info on how fast shipping was and all? I've had mostly terrible experiences with overseas shipping in my days lol.


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:48 pm 
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I prefer happy house cat jackets to Mynwood ones. I have both and I find my cats are far more comfortable in HHC ones.

Shipping will be delayed a bit at this time of year but she does ship overseas so there should not be a big issue.

Made to measure are far better than off the shelf ones as cats can escape those easily, plus they are not always as comfortable to wear.

My girl cat hates going out in the cold but my boy cats do not mind messing around in snow!

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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:01 pm 
Ordering one from HHC as we speak :]

Is around 4mo okay to begin working with them on it?


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:20 pm 
Just placed my order for the kitten harness from HHC. Can't wait :]


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:24 pm 
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I can't remember how big a 4 month old kitty is anymore. It may never be too early to get him trained on a harness or jacket. I live in Nashville and Raiden and I went out for our walk yesterday when it was 35 degrees. He seemed fine with it. He does walk a lot faster and he does love climbing. Unfortunately, he got up on something yesterday and could not back up or get himself out of the mess, so I moved the garbage can over to him so he could jump down onto it. Raiden loves our walks and I have no problem with him on a harness. I have not looked into the harness jackets just yet. Your winters are probably a little colder than ours. It certainly helps if the sun is out. I was so impressed that Raiden took to the harness immediately as his owner said he had tried to harness train him and it didn't take.


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:44 am 
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I don't remember how long it took to receive either jacket (Mynwood or HHC) only that it wasn't a worrisome length to wait.

We began harness "training" with Quasar the day we picked him up. I had purchased a pet store H-harness that we put on him before leaving the breeder's home. He didn't even seem to notice that it was on and has never balked at wearing one since.

When we got him home, it was helpful to have the harness on him, along with a short leash, to catch him when he was loose from his safe room those first few days.

I do not think that any age is too young to start training.

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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:58 am 
Thank you guys very much. Can't wait for my HHC harness to arrive :]


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 Post subject: Re: Harness Training?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:35 pm 
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I would say just try it. Slowly and gently of course, but she may take to it straight away.
Benji took to her harness without too much trouble and once they realise it means going outside, it is a doddle.

I didn't know about happy house cats initially, so it was a clip type harness I used from pets at home.
Slightly easier to go on (but much easier to come off!!!) but inferior to happy house cats style and also you have to adjust the size. Not easy if you have a nervous or panicked cat!

Does anybody else's cat immediately start grooming themselves as soon as the jacket is off?!


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