Last Updated: June 09, 2020
Celia Miller Author: Celia Miller

Best Cat Harness & Leash

Best Cat Harness & Leash

Cats may not need the same level of exercise and outdoor activity that dogs require for their physical and mental health but occasionally venturing forth into the great outdoors is an adventure every cat owner should encourage their cats to try.

Cats have strong instincts for their surroundings but can easily be startled and may bolt or run, especially if the outdoors is new to them. That is why it is necessary to have your cat safely restrained on a leash in the event she is frightened or tries to run away.  

A cat harness is an excellent way to keep your cat safe and under your control. While this may seem to go against their very nature, it is for their own safety when going on a walk or into an unfamiliar or busy environment. Nothing could be more tragic than a fleeing pet running into traffic or into an environment where you may not be able to easily get them back.

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Eagloo Cat Harness
Eagloo Cat Harness
$12
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
2/10
  • What we Like
  • Adjustable at neck and chest
  • Buckles are not digging in behind shoulders
  • What we Dislike
  • Buckles are large and bulky
  • Not sized appropriately for most cats
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Strap & buckle style
SIZES: XS (13"-19")
S (19"-22
COLORS: 3
MATERIALS: Mesh
Webbing
Plastic
Our Review

This harness is nice in that the buckles don’t rest behind the shoulders like many similar models do but it’s not nearly adjustable enough for a cat. It’s also not small enough for most cats, and anything under 10-15 pounds could likely back out of it easily. Most cats do not like an over-the-head style harness anyway and this one is difficult to maneuver. It’s more likely a puppy harness that is being sold as a cat harness. We’re very unimpressed with this one.

PupTeck Escape Proof Cat Harness
PupTeck Escape Proof Cat Harness
$16
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
5/10
  • What we Like
  • Easy to put on the cat
  • Minimal heavy plastic
  • Included matching leash
  • What we Dislike
  • Most cats can get out of it
  • Velcro may frighten cat
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Step-in style
SIZES: S (Chest girth: 10.5"-12.1"
Neck girth:7.0"-8.7")
M (Chest girth: 11.1"-14.5"
Neck girth:8.6"-9.9")
COLORS: 10
MATERIALS: Mesh
webbing
velcro
plastic
Our Review

This harness comes in lots of attractive colors and patterns, goes on easily and the adjustable velcro allows you to get a custom fit. The heavy D rings make it easy to clip a leash on. We don’t like how high the collar comes up around the cat’s throat area but this part is padded. A determined cat will have no problem getting the velcro open and working his way out of this. If your cat is pretty mellow this one may work, but we would be apprehensive about putting a nervous or energetic cat in it.

SMALLLEE LUCKY STORE Denim Vest Harness with Back Pocket
SMALLLEE LUCKY STORE Denim Vest Harness with Back Pocket
$0
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
5/10
  • What we Like
  • Breathable denim
  • Attractive appearance
  • Matching leash
  • Easy to put on
  • What we Dislike
  • Velcro may scare cats
  • Not very adjustable
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Vest style
SIZES: S (16.5" chest
10.2" neck)
M (17.7" chest
12.6" neck)
L (18.9" chest
13.4" neck)
COLORS: 3
MATERIALS: Cotton denim
metal
webbing
velcro
Our Review

This is a very cute cat/small dog harness that secures with two velcro patches at the neck and chest. We like how easy it is to put on and that you won’t have to put it over your cat’s head, that there aren’t awkward buckles and straps everywhere. Unfortunately, the velcro may not be very secure for an escape artist type cat as they can dislodge the velcro with some vigorous bicycling and cat owners know how good kitties are at doing that. It would be hard for a cat to back out of but the velcro is not very secure and the patches of it are only about 2″ x 2″ so not much room for adjusting and not much surface area for secure fastening.

YUDOTE Soft Mesh Harness
YUDOTE Soft Mesh Harness
$15
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
3/10
  • What we Like
  • Easy to put on
  • Breathable mesh
  • Only one buckle
  • What we Dislike
  • Not very adjustable
  • Cheap construction
  • Not sized well for cats
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Step-in style
SIZES: S (11-12" chest
10-11.5" neck)
M (14"-15" chest
12.5-14" neck)
COLORS: 4
MATERIALS: Mesh
webbing
plastic
steel
Our Review

This is a cute harness and we love that there’s just one buckle to clip in place so you aren’t fighting your cat as long to get it on but it is not very secure. It’s not sized appropriately for cats even though it’s listed to fit them. It will likely not fit most cats snugly enough and would be easy for a cat to back right out of.

Puppia Authentic Vivien Pet Harness
Puppia Authentic Vivien Pet Harness
$20
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Easy to put on your cat
  • Decorative trim
  • Adjustable chest belt
  • What we Dislike
  • Goes on over cat's head
  • Neck is not adjustable
  • Buckle sits behind shoulders
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Strap & buckle style
SIZES: XS (9" to 13" Chest
7.5" Neck)
S (11 7/8" to 16 5/8" chest
10 5/8" neck)
M (15"-20 1/2" chest
13" neck)
L (18 7/8" to 26" chest
15" neck)
COLORS: 7
MATERIALS: Mesh
webbing
plastic
Our Review

This harness is similar to the very popular Puppia soft harness. It goes on over the head, with one buckle sitting behind one shoulder and the cincher for adjusting the length behind the other. Most cats will not like it going over their head and the ruffles might upset some cats (or their owners) and we do not like the buckle behind the shoulder. Even for dogs this can be irritating and the delicate build of a cat makes this possibly even more irritating depending on their size and how active the cat will be while wearing the harness. Because you can tighten the chest strap this is somewhat harder for a cat to back out of but we still would not call it escape-proof.

ThinkPet Reflective Breathable Soft Air Mesh No Pull Pet Harness
ThinkPet Reflective Breathable Soft Air Mesh No Pull Pet Harness
$20
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
3/10
  • What we Like
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable mesh
  • Easy to put on
  • What we Dislike
  • Buckle behind shoulder
  • Cheap construction
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Strap and buckle style
SIZES: XXS (Chest 11.5" to 13.5
" Neck 7.9" to 8.7")
XS (Chest 13.8"-15.7
" Neck 8.7" to 10.2")
S (Chest 12.5" to 17.5
" Neck 11" to 13.8")
COLORS: 4
MATERIALS: Mesh
webbing
plastic
steeo
Our Review

While this harness is easy to get on your cat and adjust, the webbing straps do not stay in place and this will loosen on your pet over time with activity. We don’t like the strap and buckle styles as much because they are easy for a determined cat to back out of. The buckle behind the shoulder problem can irritate your cat and the plastic buckle is bulky.

Escape Proof Cat Harness with Leash, Adjustable Cat Walking Jacket
Escape Proof Cat Harness with Leash, Adjustable Cat Walking Jacket
$18
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Adjustable
  • Breathable mesh
  • Attractive colors
  • What we Dislike
  • Velcro may scare cat
  • Quality control issues
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Vest style
SIZES: XS (Chest 8-10
" neck 6"-7.5")
S (9"-11
" neck 6"-7.5")
M (Chest 11"-13
" neck 7"-8.5")
L (Chest 13"-15
" neck 7"-10")
COLORS: 5
MATERIALS: Breathable cotton
webbing
mesh
steel
Our Review

These are adorable little cat vests with some issues. and we like that the harness features two spots to place the leash. These are easy to put on but your cat may be frightened of the velcro. We do like how adjustable they are and the large surface area of the velcro makes these a little more secure than other similar styles. The mesh under the fabric and padding can make the harness bulkier for smaller cats and kittens. Unfortunately, the velcro can be scratched out of place by a determined cat so this is not a harness that will need constant supervision.

Downtown Pet Supply Cat Vest Harness and Leash Combo with Addl. Safety Features
Downtown Pet Supply Cat Vest Harness and Leash Combo with Addl. Safety Features
$21
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Padded neck design
  • Double fastened at neck and chest
  • What we Dislike
  • May be bulky for smaller cats
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Vest style
SIZES: S (Chest 7" to 10
" neck 6" to 8")
M (Chest 8" to 11
" Neck 7" to 9")
L (Chest 9" to 12
" neck 8" to 10")
COLORS: 2
MATERIALS: Mesh
webbing
plastic
steel
Our Review

This harness is easy to put on your cat and adjustable. We like that the velcro is backed up with the secure plastic buckle at the neck and chest and not behind the shoulders. This design may prove to be too constricting for some cats though. It’s a fine line between trying to make it as difficult for the cat to escape and being able to move about comfortably and it may not work well for some cats, especially kittens or more petite kitties. Overall a very good design though.

Best Overall & Best Vest-Style Cat Harness
GAUTERF Dog and Cat Universal Harness with Leash Set
GAUTERF Dog and Cat Universal Harness with Leash Set Best Overall Best Vest-Style Cat Harness
$6
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Easy to put on
  • Easy to adjust
  • Double-Fastened
  • What we Dislike
  • May be bulky for some cats
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Step-in style
SIZES: Chest Girth: XXS (8" to 9.2") XS (10"to 11.3") S (12" to 14") M (14.5" to 16.2") L (16.5"-18") XL (18.5"-21")
COLORS: 12
MATERIALS: Mesh
webbing
plastic
steel
Our Review

This vest is our top pick because it is so easy to get onto your cat with a quick step-in and just one velcro strap and buckle to affix and you’re done. This type of harness makes securing your feline friend a breeze. It does not have an additional buckle around the neck so you only need to measure kitty’s chest and the velcro allows you to tighten it as snug as needed. It’s much harder for escape artists to back out of. While no product is completely foolproof when it comes to a cat, the simplicity of the design of this harness is why it works so well. It’s a high-quality product that is sure to solve most pet owners’ needs. The color selection is great and we love that they have safety-vest orange!

Escape Proof Cat Harness with Leash Adjustable Soft Mesh
Escape Proof Cat Harness with Leash Adjustable Soft Mesh
$0
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Easy to adjust
  • Easy to put on
  • What we Dislike
  • Cats can back out of it
  • Quality control issues
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Vest style
SIZES: S (Chest 10.5" to 12
" neck 7" to 8.7")
M (Chest 11.1" to 14.5
" neck 8.6" to 9.9") L (14.1" to 16.1
" neck 10.1" to 13.1")
COLORS: 10
MATERIALS: Cotton
mesh
webbing
plastic
steel
Our Review

This is a cute vest-style harness and we’re big fans of the double security on the neck with the buckle and the velcro. It is a good design but not fool-proof. Cats that panic and wiggle may be able to escape this one because once it’s on, the opening for their legs is big enough for them to be able to extricate themselves from the harness and eventually out of the collar portion of the harness. We do wish it did not come up so high on the neck. For relatively well-behaved calm kitties this may be a great option with all the colors and prints available but it’s definitely not escape-proof.

Kitty Holster Cat Harness
Kitty Holster Cat Harness
$12
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Cotton lining softer on fur
  • Easy to put on
  • What we Dislike
  • Quality control issues
  • Velcro only closures
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Vest style
SIZES: XS (Chest 10" to 14
" neck 5"to 9")
S (Chest 10" to 14
" neck 4"-9")
M/L (Chest 16" to 20
" neck 10" to 13")
COLORS: 8
MATERIALS: Cotton
webbing
steel D ring
Our Review

There are a lot of pros and cons to this harness. First off, it only utilizes velcro to secure it in place. The way it fits leaves a large opening behind the collar/shoulders for the front legs to go through. Unfortunately a bicycling or squirming cat could hook their legs into the velcro and unsecure it. While we do like that this cat harness has a larger-than-average surface area of velcro for closure, it may not work for a determined or very nervous cat. This harness does stand out because it does not utilize polyester mesh in its construction as many others do, and the cotton cloth will breathe better against the cat’s skin. This is an excellent option for a more laid back kitty who is accustomed to wearing a harness or a smaller cat.

Voyager All Weather No Pull Step-in Mesh Harness
Voyager All Weather No Pull Step-in Mesh Harness
$14
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Breathable vest
  • Easy to put on
  • Reflective tabs
  • What we Dislike
  • Not very adjustable
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Step-in style
SIZES: XS (Chest 13" to 14.5")
S (Chest 14.5" to 17")
M (Chest 16" to 18") L (Chest 18" to 21")
COLORS: 16
MATERIALS: Mesh
webbing
plastic
steel d-rings
Our Review

We like harnesses utilizing the single clip closure on the back but this harness is definitely better suited for a dog because the leg openings are fairly large and it is not available in a size that would fit smaller cats. It’s easy to clip on and the velcro closure below makes it easy to close it. Unfortunately, the surface area for the velcro is not very large and will not hold well in the event your cat tries to squirm his way out of this harness. For larger cats, this harness may work better but will not work for slender or young kitties.

Best Strap and Buckle Style
PUPTECK Adjustable Cat Harness Nylon Strap Collar with Leash
PUPTECK Adjustable Cat Harness Nylon Strap Collar with Leash Best Strap and Buckle Style
$25
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Thick webbing
  • Adjustable
  • What we Dislike
  • Plastic buckle behind shoulder
  • Design may put pressure on cat's neck
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Strap and buckle style
SIZES: Chest: 10" to 17
" neck 7" to 10"
COLORS: 9
MATERIALS: Webbing
plastic
steel
Our Review

This is one of the better strap and buckle style harnesses out there. The straps are wider and the buckles are a little heavier-duty but we don’t like that the chest buckle rests behind the cat’s shoulder. Depending on your cat’s build, this could cause discomfort when he’s walking. If your cat tugs or jerks on the leash this could put pressure on his neck, but the loop that has the D-ring where the leash attaches is designed so weight is a little more evenly distributed. We would still recommend ensuring your cat is comfortable wearing this harness before taking him outside because tugging could hurt his neck.

Best Step-in Style
Puppia Soft Vest Harness B
Puppia Soft Vest Harness B Best Step-in Style
$13
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Breathable mesh
  • Padded neck area
  • What we Dislike
  • Quality control issues
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Step-in style
SIZES: XS (Chest 9.5" to 10.2
" neck 7.5")
S (11.8" to 12.6
" neck 9.5")
M (Chest 14.6" to 15.4
" neck 11")
L (Chest 16" to 17
" neck 12.6")
COLORS: 13
MATERIALS: Mesh
webbing
plastic
D-rings
Our Review

The Puppia Soft Harness B vests are some of the best out there for cats. We’re a huge fan of how easy these are to put on a cat. The velcro and buckle ensure there are two safety measures keeping your cat securely in his harness. While we wish the surface area of the velcro were larger, because of the proximity of the clip to it, this is not a deal breaker as some cats strongly dislike velcro and their fur can be caught in it. In addition to this listing, there are many other colors, materials, and prints available.

Ruri's Cat Jeans Jacket Harness Vest with Matching Lead Leash
Ruri's Cat Jeans Jacket Harness Vest with Matching Lead Leash
$10
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
3/10
  • What we Like
  • Cute appearance
  • Vest style
  • What we Dislike
  • Undersized velcro
Product Details
HARNESS TYPE: Vest style
SIZES: XS (Chest 13" to 14
" neck 9.5")
S (Chest 13.5" to 15
" neck 11")
M (14" to 16.5
" neck 12")
L (Chest 15" to 18
" neck 13")
COLORS: 1
MATERIALS: Cotton
metal
Our Review

This is a very cute harness and it may be well suited for a cat who is accustomed to being out and about in a harness. But it only looks tough. It’s definitely not a secure solution for a cat who may like to squirm, wiggle, or tug his way out of a harness. The velcro that secures this one closed is undersized with very small patches of it sewn on. A determined cat could easily get out of this one.

Best Products Best Cat Harness & Leash
Product Name Best for Rate
GAUTERF Dog and Cat Universal Harness with Leash Set Best Overall 9
GAUTERF Dog and Cat Universal Harness with Leash Set Best Vest-Style Cat Harness 9
PUPTECK Adjustable Cat Harness Nylon Strap Collar with Leash Best Strap and Buckle Style 6
Puppia Soft Vest Harness B Best Step-in Style 8

HOW TO CHOOSE A CAT HARNESS:

Consider what your goals are for getting your cat outdoors. Will you be taking him for walks, keeping him on the leash on your own property, hiking or biking with him? Your cat’s temperament, size, and habits will also play an important role in picking a good harness.

You may have had to temper the idyllic vision of your kitty enjoying scratching and climbing trees, chasing butterflies and sunning himself on your porch with the reality of where you live and how safe it is to have an “outdoor” kitty. Cats cannot be easily contained in an outdoor environment and a cat living outdoors in the city or even a suburban neighborhood is exposed to countless risks including busy roads and careless drivers, other cats who may be aggressive, dogs with a high prey instinct, local wildlife, and ingesting mice and other rodents that may have eaten poison or contain parasites.

The compromise can be training your cat to enjoy being outside with you on a leash. Even if you choose not to expose your cat to the world outside their window, having them accustomed to a harness can keep them safe during trips to the veterinarian. Some cats are initially very afraid and nervous, especially if they are older and have spent their life indoors, but with time, patience, and a little training, your cat can enjoy their outdoor adventures safely even if it’s just to take them out with you for a gardening or sunbathing session. The added benefit is that the exercise and time spent outdoors can help alleviate the “crazies” of indoor kitties.

While there are many different types of harnesses out there, the most important feature for any of them is that it is impossible for your cat to escape. If you’ve ever tried to hold on to an angry cat trying to get away you know how easily they can worm their way out of just about any situation. Cats are master escape artists! The more snug and well-fitted the harness is, the harder it will be for your kitty to get out of it. While you don’t want it to constrict him around his neck or behind his shoulders too much the harness will need to be adjusted or fitted so that there’s just enough wiggle room to be able to slip a finger between the harness and the cat. Most cats have an abundance of fur and the harness will likely need to fit tighter against their actual body -not their fur- a little tighter than you think it will.

While you want the cat harness to be snug, you do not want to ever use a cat harness to keep a cat from pulling or to restrain a cat. Cats are very fragile, especially in their neck and shoulder areas, and tugging on an improperly fitted or sized cat harness could crush your cat’s trachea.

A lot of harnesses are marketed as being appropriate for both dogs and cats. This is not always the case. While both dogs and cats have 4 legs, the actual differences in their anatomy and temperament can make a harness for a dog completely unsuitable for a cat and vice versa.

If your cat tolerates his collar well and sometimes wears clothes, a harness may not be difficult for him to adjust to. However, if you have one of those cats that pretends to fall over the moment you put anything on him, it will probably take time and patience to get him used to wearing it. He’ll need to wear it around the house to get used to it without a leash.

When fitting your cat for a harness you will want to measure around his neck and chest. Be sure to have the measuring tape snug against his skin, especially if he has a lot of fur. Consider how much fur he has- some harnesses utilize mesh materials or fabric that could easily catch on his fur or create snarls. Some cats are frightened by the sounds of velcro or snap closures as well so test him with items you have already around the house like purses and clothing you may have on hand with velcro to see how he responds.

Strap & Buckle Style Harness: This style is primarily nylon webbing with buckles to fasten it. Can be step-in or over-the head.

  • May be easier for some cats to back out of
  • May be too constricting or uncomfortable for cats with long fur
  • Many cats do not like the feeling of straps

Step-in Style Harness: This style allows you to put this on your cat and fasten over his back so you aren’t slipping it on over his head. Not always as secure.

  • Typically 4-6 suction cups anchoring the perch
  • May be easier for some cats to escape from

Vest Style Harness: More like a little shirt, these harnesses have more material in contact with the cat’s body.

  • Most secure style for escape-artist cats
  • Style may be reassuring to some cats but traumatic for others.