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While many cats want to explore the great outdoors, it’s no secret that outdoor cats have a shorter lifespan and face more dangers than indoor cats. But life indoors can be boring, and your cat may grow restless and long to explore. That’s when you want to check out the options in cat leashes and harnesses.
Walking a cat may sound odd, but this is a great way to give your cat freedom while also keeping them safe. If you have a former outdoor cat or just a curious indoor cat, walking your cat can be a good way to bridge the indoor/outdoor divide. However, walking a cat is a little different from walking a dog, so there are a few things you to know before your purchase a leash.
First, cats can wriggle out of their collar and escape no matter how tight they are, so you’ll want to look at cat harnesses as well. Fortunately, many cat harnesses and leashes come as a set.
Second, it takes time for a cat to get used to walking with a leash and harness. Not to worry! We have some tips and a step-by-step guide that will help.
A Variety of Cat Leashes to Choose From
If you’re ready to try walking your cat or want to use a cat leash and harness to transport your cat instead of a carrier, we can get you started. Here’s a roundup of leashes (and leash/harness sets) for walking your cat in style.
Give your cat a nudge in the right direction with this bungee leash and nylon harness that will gently lead your cat into their adventures. Be sure to check the sizing instructions to make sure you get the perfect fit. Choose from three sizes and six colors.Shop on Chewy
Keep your adventurous Houdini secure with this attractive escape-proof harness and leash set. It’s available in nearly a dozen great colors. The vest-style harness distributes pressure evenly across the chest so your cat doesn’t feel pressure from a collar.Find on Amazon
Does your cat have a taste for luxury? Give them the luxury they crave with this designer-inspired harness and leash set. Two adjustable woven bands make it easy to customize the fit.Find on Amazon
This durable mesh vest comes with a matching 6-foot leash and a repair/replacement guarantee. It’s available in small, medium, and large, and in a choice of three colors. Stockier cats seem to do well with this harness (owners of smaller and slimmer kitties reported that the cat could get at least partway out of the harness).Find on Amazon
We think your cat will enjoy this unobtrusive nylon harness with matching leash. Side-release breakaway clips (shaped like fish!) make the harness easy to put on but difficult for the cat to open (they release if the harness is caught on a shrub or other obstacle). Adjustable slides help you get your cat a snug but comfortable fit.Shop on Chewy
This sweet leash and harness set from Necoichi is made of comfortable cotton, with polyester and PVC. Fully adjustable (including the slip-on collar portion) and it comes in pretty red, blue, and green prints.Shop on Chewy
This set features a fabric harness that wraps easily and attaches with hook-and-loop fabric. It’s easy for you to put on your cat but difficult for them to slip out of on their own. The D-ring is positioned at the back of the harness, and avoids any pressure on your cat’s neck, even if they pull against the leash. The hand-washable vest is available in two sizes—measure carefully to make sure you are ordering the right one for your kitty.Shop on Chewy
Designed for safety and comfort, this is the harness and leash combination for taking your kitty on serious outdoor adventures. It’s lightweight, breathable, and extremely secure. As always, measure your cat so you can select the correct size.Find on Amazon
Take your curious cat everywhere with this affordable harness and leash set that works for small dogs and large cats. It’ll keep them safe as they explore the outside world or just check out the yard. Choose from solid colors or cute checks, polka dots, and plaids.Find on Amazon
This highly adjustable harness and leash set is designed to keep cats of all sizes comfy and safe. It also comes in a range of bright colors.Find on Amazon
Just need a leash? You can’t do much better than this two-leash set from Rabbitgoo (in a few color choices). They’re sturdy and lightweight, and clip onto a collar or harness using a rotating clip that will minimize tangling.Find on Amazon