Your cat could the one that loves to go and have a nice time in the wild. Probably you will need to make a harness for it. However, not all cats would like to walk around caged, as many would love to be free and enjoy their time as free as possible.
How to Make a Cat Harness
There is more than one method of preparing a cat harness. You can choose any that is easy for you to follow, and which is cost-effective too. The steps to follow generally are:
- The first step is to take the correct measurement of your cat. Be as accurate as possible to avoid making a harness that cannot fit your cat perfectly. The measurements should cover three places namely:
☑ Round the neck,
☑ Around the shoulders and
☑ The breadth between the neck of the cat to the middle of the cat’s rib cage.
- Those are the three important areas that you need not miss a point.
- Once done with the measurements, you will then need to assemble the required components. These include buckles, candles, paracord, and scissors. Paracord is meant to be used if you are making a paracord harness. You will need these quantities depending on the size of the harness that you want to make.
- Cut the material that you had assembled for all the measurements taken. Knitting, stitching, and knotting may consume a lot of the material hence you will need to cut it slightly bigger in size and length.
- Once you have your material well cut out, light the candle and fuse the end tips of the paracord by melting it till it forms a solid seal. This fusing will make the edges of the paracord bond forever. It will prevent it from unwinding in the future.
- Once you have finished fusing the ends of the paracord, you will now need to insert your buckles. The best is made of plastic as it is friendly to your cat too. You will then attach one side of the buckle to the end of the fused paracord, and also to the looped end. Pull it till it is tight enough.
- Stitch the paracord to make a knot. This should begin from the end where the buckle is attached to where you get about a quarter of the total length that you had cut when assembling the items to use in making the harness.
- When you are done, you will then need to repeat the same process for the shoulder circle. The process is similar from the start to the end, though the shoulder measurements differ in size from the other measurements taken.
- Once done with the two above, it will now be the time to connect both of them. You will need to have two circles ready prepared for connection. You will need to put the shoulder circle and the rib cage circle on a table, on the right and left sides simultaneously. It will form a four-piece loose paracord, from both partially stitched pieces. Make the loop on the left side to be loose from the last stitch on the shoulder circle, all the way to the last stitch on the rib cage circle.
- In the middle section of your creation, you will cut, fuse and attach the paracord. Use the candle again to fuse both ends of the new piece. Follow the buckling procedure also and attach the looped end of this piece, again to the loosened loop meant for the shoulder circle.
- You will then need to stitch the entire section of the paracord. Knot the middle section and attach the end of this stitch to the rib cage circle. This is the point where you had loosened your loop.
- Do the final knotting of both circles, using the remaining paracord. Now attach the remaining parts of both buckles to the paracord circles. This makes it completely attached.
Once you are done, you will then need to put it to the test to see how well it fits your cat. Try it with your cat and see how it works.
Making a harness seems to be a complicated thing, but once you try to make one, you will realize that it is a simple thing to do. There are also many methods of making: the method varies from person to person. In a nutshell, your cat harness should be comfortable. You can choose to have your own design but comfortability should be the ultimate guide.
Saundra J. Graves is a housewife. I love to keep my cats happy always. Also, I want to make sure another person takes caring their cats and kittens. Stay with my personal blog to know caring tips and reviews of cat & dog food, other products also.