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Best Overall: PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash
The PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash has all the qualities you want in a great cat harness, and comes at a wallet-friendly price point to boot. Available in three sizes, this harness applies gentle pressure to the shoulders and chest (not the throat or neck) as you walk, giving you control without causing your cat injury or discomfort. The harness can be adjusted at two points to ensure a perfect fit.
The included leash is made from a bungee-like material designed to prevent excessive pulling, so your cat can explore without getting jerked back when the leash runs out. Choose from one of six fun, bright colors to match the harness to your cat’s unique personality.
Best Budget: PUPTECK Adjustable Cat Harness Nylon Strap Collar with Leash
If you need a harness purely for occasional vet visits or trips to the airport, a low-cost harness may be a better option for you. The PupTeck Adjustable Cat Harness is incredibly affordable but still provides the same comfort and security of its more expensive counterparts. It's made from nylon and has two straps with buckles that can be adjusted individually to adapt to your cat's unique body measurements. You can pick from a variety of bright colors so you’ll always be able to find your harness (even if your cat has a habit of hiding things).
Reviewers say the PupTeck is comfortable and easy to use (but have patience with any kitty learning to use a harness). It’s a great entry-level harness to test your cat’s interest and help train them to explore the outdoors safely.
Best for Travel: Comfort Soft Adjustable Mesh Cat Harness, Black
Whether you’re going for a stroll or settling in for a longer trip, the Comfort Soft Adjustable Mesh Cat Harness is a great harness for various travel needs. It provides even pressure across the chest and shoulders and uses a breathable mesh material to keep your cat comfortable, plus nylon webbing for added durability. The harness is available in four colors (black, blue, pink, and red) and has an adjustable size that fits most cats up to 12 pounds. All in all, it’s a great harness to keep your cat safe during travel, even if they’re just headed to the vet’s office.
Customers say the Comfort Sort Adjustable Mesh Cat Harness goes on easily and provides good control when you're outdoors or in a new place. The materials are high quality—just make sure you read the sizing information (and measure your cat) to ensure a snug fit before you order.
Best Style: Bond & Co. Donut-Print Hooded Cat Harness and Leash Set
Want to show off a little sense of humor while you take your cat for a walk? This adorable donut printed hooded harness will definitely get you attention from passersby. The harness comes in a few different patterns, including a buffalo plaid and a floral print with an attached tutu. Each harness has a matching leash and a fabric hood that can protect your cat's ears.
But the pattern is only part of what makes this harness great. It's well-padded for cats who don't love the feel of straps around their shoulders and abdomen. The harness secures with velcro, so you'll want to make sure your cat is securely strapped in before you head out for your adventure, but reviewers say their cats tolerate it well, even if it's their first harness.
Best for Walking: Red Dingo Classic Cat Harness & Lead Combo
Give your cat the freedom to roam while keeping them safe outside by training them to walk on a leash with the Red Dingo Classic Cat Harness and Lead Combo. This all-in-one set will have your cat enjoying the great outdoors in a couple of buckle-clicks—just snap the two straps into place, attach the included lead, and you’ll be good to go.
The abrasion-resistant material is designed to keep your cat comfortable while remaining highly durable walk after walk, and the buckles are stronger than those found on most cat harnesses (they’re also shaped like fish and super cute). The slides are adjustable to help you fit it to your cat’s body size, and a padded handle will keep you comfortable during walks as well.
The Red Dingo Classic Cat Harness & Lead Combo is available in four colors, and customers say it’s a “walk in the park” to use.
Best with Leash: Good2Go Black Kitten Harness and Lead Set
For cats who love to go out for a walk, a harness is only part of the equation—you’ll need a leash as well. Fortunately, there are plenty of harnesses that have a matching leash, including the Good2Go Kitten Harness and Lead Set. The harness portion fits cats with a neck size of 6 to 8 inches, and a chest size of 9 to 13 inches. The lead itself is 4 feet long, giving your cat some range to explore without sacrificing safety or control.
Customers say the Good2Go Kitten Harness and Lead Set is easy to put on—always a plus, particularly if your cat’s not the biggest harness fan. It’s ideal for kittens, but will also work for a smaller adult cat (one buyer notes that it fits her nine-pound adult well, if snugly).
Best for Large Cats: Best Pet Supplies, Inc. Voyager Step-In Air Dog Harness
Most cat harnesses are made for cats under 8 pounds, and if you have a larger breed cat you probably know how hard it is to find gear to fit them. The Voyager Step-In Air Harness is intended for small dogs, but many reviewers say it’s the perfect choice for larger cats who can’t fit into traditional products. It is made from a comfortable mesh material that can be worn all day and comes in a variety of sizes to fit standard house cats up to Maine Coon cats.
Owners love that the Voyager comes in many different colors and say it’s soft and doesn’t irritate even sensitive pet skin. It’s safe for all-day wear, but most cats will only tolerate it for a few hours at a time.