I previously mentioned that Siada's first harness was meant for a ferret, and that she eventually upgraded to a snazzy bit crafted by Hyendry. We have had a great deal more experience since then with walking her, and have learned a few things that I want to share.
With Nimar, we never got him to keep a harness on long enough to work with him. Heck, most of the time we could not even get near him with one. We tried with Isis, but if you even tied a bit of sewing thread, loosely, around her middle, she would fall down and, laying prone, would wail and moan about all of the injustices of her feline life. I did get a strap style small dog harness on Reeses once and took her in the front yard, but the first car that passed had her dancing in mid-air on the end of the leash like a forlorn kite in a storm. When she hit the ground, she bolted backwards and nearly out of the harness.
I thought at first that the difference here was just in Siada's very fearless personality, but I think now that that initial ferret harness had a great deal to do with it.
The ferret vest, a Kaytee Comfort Harness, is very light weight, being only a thin layer of nylon with very light weight strapping on it. The small sizes are cut high enough near the arms that a cat can still climb and jump in it (something that does not always happen with dog harnesses). Most cats react badly to a harness because they feel as if something is pushing down on them (or as if they were crawling through a tight spot). It freaks them out. I don't think this added enough weight to bother her. One note about this harness is that the D ring is a week spot. It is not solid metal (it has a seam on the flat side) and it opened up on us. We replaced it with a key ring to attach the leash and have had no issues with the harness at all after that.
The large size would fit Siada now, but does not really have the arms cut high enough to allow her full range of motion. I also feel much, much more secure with the Hyendry harnesses, which have heavier, wider and much longer velcro strips.
And now we are back to Hyendry. We LOVE the first one we had for her (a size small). So ordered the "tween" size for her (and it fits perfectly now). I also just ordered a Medium! I do want to note that when you purchase a Hyendry harness, that these are custom made. Look carefully at the site to see how long it will be before your item is ready, but it is very likely to take that long. You might need to order a size larger if you have a kitten and the lead time for production is four weeks.
These are solidly constructed, and I choose the additional options of a second ring and the additional straps (again, to soothe my paranoid). Siada struts around the house in her "clothes" as if she knows how amazing she really looks.
And the new skull patterned one we got for her? I was delighted to see the adorable pink crystal rivets that were used to accent it! We already had a pink cheetah-print lease so she is ready to go on social calls in style.
Savannah Caretaker who is honored to do the job.