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Friday, 29 June 2018

Cat Leashes: What They Are For and What You Need to Know

Cat Leashes: What They Are For and What You Need to Know 


Cats are more known to be feisty little creatures that don’t take too well to certain habits compared to its other household pet compatriot, the dog. Such habits for example are wearing a leash and being able to walk around tethered to it.

But leash wearing for cats is becoming more and more commonplace, especially with city dwellers, as it prevents the cat from wandering around and getting lost.

However, given the temperament of cats, the leashes to be used on them need to be both sturdy and as unobtrusive as possible. Below are some tips in choosing the right leash for your cat.

It is very likely that when you think of leash, next thing that comes to mind is a collar. However, a cat collar works differently than a dog collar. Cats have the uncanny ability to wiggle out of a lot of things, including collars. It is recommended that collars for cats should only be used as fashion accessories or identification tags.

If using a leash is your intention, go for a body harness design that wraps around your pet’s torso. This makes it harder for your cat to take off and the tension from the leash is removed from the cat’s neck, which will happen if you choose a collar.

Make sure that the material is durable but comfortable. Nylon is a good choice since it is both strong and pliable. This material is also machine-washable use the gentle cycle.

Next, the design of the harness should be able to wrap around the body, particularly around the stomach so it will cradle the weight around that area and off the neck and shoulders, which is very uncomfortable for your pet.

However, avoid designs that cover too much of your pet’s body. Although the material may be breathable, it may hamper ventilation making it more difficult for your pet to adjust to the idea of a leash quickly.

Another thing you should consider is the fit around the neck. A good fit is when you are able to comfortably slip two fingers in between the collar area and your cat’s neck. To make sure the leash will hold this particular area should be reinforced with additional stitching.

Investing time and energy for your peace of mind and your pet’s safety is always a good thing. And choosing the right harness and leash for your cat is a smart first step that will make wearing a leash a welcome experience for your pet.

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