Cats don't like to be restrained. So starting with that "rule of cat" what is is the best way to stay attached to your cat when walking together (remember, you don't walk your cat!). I started with a traditional harness which was ridiculous for a variety of reasons - it's cumbersome, and weighs to much. Most importantly, it really annoys your cat. So we needed a better solution.

Cat's don't like to be restrained. So starting with that "rule of cat" what is is the best way to stay attached to your cat when walking together (remember, you don't walk your cat!). I started with a traditional harness which was ridiculous for a variety of reasons - it's cumbersome, and weighs to much. Most importantly, it really annoys your cat. So we needed a better solution.

Cat feels something on it's body and it's imediate response is to try to squirm out of it and run away. Since walking with your cat can be challenging on so many levels, why make it any harder? After a few squirm outs, reproachful stares, and hiding at the thought of the harness, I found what I like to call the "cat walking string." Originally for ferrets, this string is strong, adjustable, and lightweight. Best of all, it's very easy to apply to your cat. My cat's become accustomed to it.

To apply to your cat, simply open the loop and drop over your cats head. If you incorporate some head and chin scratching your cat will start to aquaint this action with a reward, good for both of you.

Once you've got the loop over your cats head, with one hand hold the adjustable tab and with the other hand wrap the short length of string under the belly and click it into the loop.

Note that the adjustable mechanism isn't as strong as it could be, so after figuring out the correct size, I tied knots on either side of the mechanism. You only need to tie the knots once and they stay in place.

Here's a picture of how it looks on the cat:

 

Here's a picture of it not on the cat:

 

 


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