Cat and Dog Harnesses vs Cat and Dog Collars

Safe Proof Your Pet

If there is one issue I have with individuals is the unsafe practice of fastening a leash to a collar, and every time I see this, I cringe.

I have always been a strong advocate of using a harness on a dog or cat, it is better on the animal not to be pulled by the neck.

When I see someone doing this, I wonder how they would like being pulled by their neck.


My Sweetie Angel walking with his harness and enjoying the outdoors.
My Sweetie Angel walking with his harness and enjoying the outdoors.

A harness fits around the body and is a safer mode to use and more comfortable for the animal. It gives one more control and one is able to pull back hard on a pet to save them from a high risk situation; like another dog getting too close.

And, having this controls over one's pet will be more of a protection against an aggressive dog coming near and saving your animal from a fight, possibly their life.

A cat modeling a cat harness.
A cat modeling a cat harness.

Safety Proof Your Cat

This is also important for your cat---never attach a leash to a cat's collar.

If you do not have a harness, please purchase one for the sake of your pet. Felines are so fragile and they trust us to care for them so please do this for your cat.

When taking your cat(s) to the veterinarian please use a cat carrier for its safety.

Things can happen anywhere, as I tried to teach my nephews---think ahead and prepare for all the possibilities.


Unconditional Love

Harnesses are safer going to places like Pet stores where they groom and wash your pet. They can hook the pet by the harness to groom its feet and cut its nails keeping him safe on the table.

Someone's pet was hanged because the groomer left the dog on a table alone. Pets become scared left alone in a strange place. And, he tried to jump down to find his owner, and hanged himself by his chained collar. I had nightmares after I read about this happening just a few years ago.

Our pets give us unconditional love and we owe them unconditional love back by insuring their safety and well-being. And, please before you leave your pet to be groomed and washed check the proficiency and attitude of the workers and watch how they handle pets.

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Speak Up For The Ones That Cannot Speak!

I was checking out of a well know pet store over a year ago, and I was standing there waiting for my items to be checked out---and I heard this little puppy just crying so pitifully and I look to see where it was coming from--- and I found it and felt my temper rising.

This groomer was combing out his hair and it was thick and knotted which did not stop her---as she kept jerking on the little dog. Well, I told the cashier to get me the manager and I said to him---I know you can hear that little dog crying and can see that woman jerking that comb through his hair.

If you do not stop her---I will and with that he walked in where she was and stopped her and gave the dog to a young guy that hugged and petted him. The manager then walked to the back of the store with groomer. Probably to talk with her about her treatment of the dog---who knows---because I would have fired her with the greatest of pleasure.

I walked to the door and said, to the young man-- it is easy to use a fur comb to get the knots out in very small pulls, which will not hurt if you do it slowing in small sections and---hold the hair between your fingers away from his body. However, I could tell he knew what he was doing. And, he said: "Yes, Lady I will." and the little dog was happy with him and that made me happy.


Sweetie Angel watching a Bluebird and trying to kiss him through the screen.
Sweetie Angel watching a Bluebird and trying to kiss him through the screen.

Learning Grooming from Books and You Tube

I groom my Sweetie Angel; however, I learned from books and also watched Youtube Videos. I found them very informative and the groomer was very patient with the animals and a great instructor.

When it comes to children and pets I do not overlook or look the other way, I will be in the middle of it if they are mistreated in any way.

When I witness something like what happened in the pet store--- I cannot help myself ---I have to speak out. My sister Paula always says---it only happens to Bobbi and especially when I am with her. But I do not care---because we have to watch over the ones who cannot take care of themselves, and that includes the elderly.

So please protect your cat and dog by using a harness on them, do not attach a lease to a collar. I hope everyone will think about cat and dog harnesses vs. cat and dog collars for their pets.



Emergency Planning for Pets

Have plans for your pet's care and safety before any emergency evacuations happens. Make sure you have a/or carrier(s), Auto Safety harnesses, leaches, food, water and any medications they are taking or might need. Make sure you take their favorite toys and their blanket(s). I use a plastic dish for the water and take paper plates for the food.

Locate the hotels ahead of time---which allows pets to stay in the owner's room with them. I am sure you will probably have to pay extra for your pet, but it is worth it knowing they are safe with you.

When traveling in any vehicle secured your pet in a safe harness that is buckled to the seatbelt. Or in a cage on the back seat that is attached to the seatbelt.

Give a pet extra attention during any relocation because they---as well as children---are not friendly with change. They want their own home, so made it as homey as possible for the good of all who shares the motel room.

I hope this is never necessary for anyone reading this to do. However, you can use the same plans for your pet for vacation or weekends away from home.

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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Excellent article. I am a fan of collars for identification, and harnesses for walking and control. I can see walking a dog with a collar when they are well controlled verbally. Those rare ones that you could walk without a leash. But if there is any chance of pulling or need for physical control by the owner, a harness is a must!

Yesterday I saw twon young men waking a pitbull puppy. Leash atached to the collar. The guy was pulling so hard the poor dog's front feet were barely on the ground. They guy didn't even seem to notice. The puppy looked thin too. I was tempted to tell my boyfriend to pull over and take the dog!

Thank you for educating the masses on being kind to our pets. Voted uo etc.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

That really is a good idea. Mine run free so I have no need of them but if ever I do need one it will definitely be the harness, and I know it would be much better to enjoy your animal too, walking as a friend.

You have a winner here.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I agree with you 100%. I've been using a harness attached to my dog's leash since she was a puppy. The sizes increased, of course, as she grew to maturity. I currently buy padded cotton harnesses handmade by an excellent seamstress on etsy.com so the harness won't be stiff and uncomfortable to my dog (the way nylon or leather ones are), yet it's strong and safe. When it's time for my dog to go outside, she walks to the door and stands waiting for me to put her harness on. She even lifts her right foot to put it through the loop that I never unfasten!

Excellent hub. Voted Up++


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Sweetie Angel's Harness has a place for his tag and ID tag. Having a collar is fine but not fine in attaching a leash

to it.

Thanks for your visit and comment.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Jackie,

It is always great to see you, and thanks for your visit and comment. Enjoy your pets and have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi jayeWisdom,

Thanks for the visit and comment. And thanks for the tip about etsy.com---I will check it out. My Sweetie Angel is 12 pounds of muscle and that is one reason I got a leather one. And I wanted him to be secure, but your padded cotton harness sound great. Thanks.

Bobbi Purvis


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molometer 4 years ago

Interesting hub. How do the cats take to the harness? Cats always seem to walk their own path.

This sounds really useful.

I would like to see someone walking a cat. Is it even possible? lol


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

You make me laugh. Yes, one of my friends walks her two cats with their harnesses on. I had a pet rabbit once that I put a cat's harnesses on---he would not hop--so that did not work.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I always have used a harness on my Baby, the schnauzer. I'd be afraid I would hurt her throat if I used a collar. Good advice here.

I voted this Hub UP, etc.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Dear Lady,

It is always nice to hear from you and thank you for your comment. Have a great week.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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molometer 4 years ago

Bobbi, you will have to get some video of the cat walker.

That would be so cool.

My kids had a rabbit too. It wouldn't go walking either. lol


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

You are so funny---I will see if I can find one, and I will let you know. Have you seen a harnesses on a hamster?

I saw one on Pinterest and it was so cute. You need to visit that site it is great.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

molometer,

I have your walking the cat with a harness video, come and see.

Bobbi Purvis


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We just bought a collar for our new Chihuahua, and I had to buy it online because she is so tiny!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

I hope you will buy a harness when your baby get bigger.

Thanks for visiting and commenting. When I slow down I will check your hubs.

A new baby is always so sweet and their look of trust is unbelievable.

It would be great if more humans were like animals with their uncondtional love.

Thanks for the visit,

Bobbi Purvis


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Bobbi,

I don't have my own dog but my sister uses a harness for Beauregard, her Border Collie. He is my four legged buddy.

Thank you for speaking up on behalf of that poor dog who was being treated poorly by the groomer.

Voted up and away

Take care :)


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Sueswan,

Hi, it is great to see you and thanks for the visit and comment.

We all need to look out for animals as they cannot speak for themselves.

And for the elderly who cannot speak out.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

My family and I only use collars for identification. We use harnesses for our dogs when we take them for walks and such. We noticed that just attaching a leash to them bothers them and we immediately got them harnesses. Great hub, Purvis!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you for the visit and comment. It makes me happy to know there are so many pet lovers who feel like I do about harnesses.

Thanks and have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi Bobbi,

My comment may be a little odd here because I don't own any pets but I do share your love for animals. I appreciate you speaking up for that little dog for bad treatment by the groomer.

You are spot on when you say that little children, pets and the elderly need to be taken care of in a gentle manner. Hats off for a beautiful hub!

The videos are also very good and I intend passing on info about this hub to a few friends of mine who have pets.

Sharing it on HP. Cheers, Rema.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi remaniki,

Thanks for your visit and your sweet and kind comment. And thanks for spreading the word, as I hope everyone who needs to read it will in helping an animal to be safe and protected.

I love your profile picture with your Darling baby.

Have a Great Day,

Bobbi Purvis


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Thanks Bobbi. A little correction my dear. That's my granddaughter.

Cheers, Rema.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Rema,

You are so lucky a granddaughter and looking so young. Tell us your secret?

Bobbi


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teaches12345 4 years ago

When we had our cat, we used a leash on him. He didn't care for it too much, but it kept him safe and allowed him comfortable walking space. He was not as happy to do this as the cat in the video you posted. Wow, that cat really enjoyed his walk. Enjoyed the read and the video posts.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

I am happy to see you and thanks for the comment. The video cat was really cute, and walked like he was born in a harness.

I hope more people start using a harnesses for their cats and dogs.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Dogs are pack animals, and they follow the leader of the pack. In a happy dog home, that would literally be you and all other humans y=in the home.

If you are the leader of your pack, the dog must not be allowed to lead when you go for a walk, so they must walk either slightly behind you or at your heel. If you can restrain them with a harness, fine, as long they understand that you are the leader and they must stay behind or beside you.

But with the more aggressive dogs, a collar may be necessary. This is not cruel. In a real pack, those who try to get in front of the leader get nipped!

One thing I hate to see is a dog at the end of a long leash, pulling the human around! That is a very dysfunctional dog/human relationship.

In fact, the best way to establish a healthy relationship with a dog is to take it for a walk and establish that you are the pack leader. In fact, it's essential.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Will,

Thanks for the visit and your comment---I actually learn from reading Hubbers comments. And your are always good.

I am sure you would know how to handle a dog with a collar and leash. But I would not since I have always had a harness for all my babies. I can control them and train them much better with a harness.

Thanks and you have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Oh, thanks very much for the compliment Bobbi. I am 52 and do look as old as that. I am very proud to hear your compliment just because I haven't even colored my hair and feel good this way. If you see me in person, I am sure you will change your opinion :) Cheers, Rema.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

I doubt that---people cannot see what others see when they look at them. My mother was young looking and never looked her age.

A happy grandmother who smiles always looks young. Enjoy being happy with babies.

Have a good Wednesday.

Bobbi


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Thank you very much for your kindness Bobbi. You are right in that a smile can change one's looks to a great extent. I wish you a good day too.

Cheers, Rema.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Cheer to you remaniki,

And have a wonder September.

Bobbi


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

So well needed hub Bobbi! Harnesses do justice to those poor pets that cannot speak for themselves. You are so right! If they could talk, they would tell it like it is. Great topic and well research. Sweetie Angel looks like a model for a catalog! Thanks Barbara! Sharing!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Lord,

Thank you for the visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

Bobbi


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Bobbi,

What a really interesting article. We have just recently adopted an abandoned Labrador who just appeared at my partner's place in the countryside. We ended up purchasing a leash, I ave to say. More out of cost as we didn't know if she would be claimed or not. We hardly use it here as it is so peaceful and quiet and she is so good at walking with us however you have definitely given me something to think about as I would prefer the harness on every level for her.

Thanks so much for sharing this great piece!

Voting up +++++ and sharing!!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi SuzieHQ,

I am so happy for you and your new baby. Where would we be without our pet who give us unconditional love?

Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

Bobbi


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I use the collar for my dog but he is excellent on the lead. He stays right next to us and we could just about walk him without one. He will take off after a running cat though so we use the leash. I have used a harness on other dogs that did not lead as well. I have also used one with my cat and it was hysterical the first several times. The cat would just fall over. Crash. He finally got used to it and he would walk then. It was used mostly in the car and when we went camping as we did not want to lose him. I had a rabbit that would hop all over the yard with his harness on. We just had to watch him that he didn't eat it. He tried to chew it all the time.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Very good article. I never would have thought to write it, but we certainly found that collars were not the way to go when we got our dog. He is a Westie and is super active when we are out. The leash seemed to do more harm than good. It was constantly slipping because of all his fur and it always looked as if he were choking. So the collar quickly went into the trash.

The harness works beautifully and he never seems to be in any discomfort. Great that you are letting others know the benefit of the harness over the collar.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

When I've had smaller dogs harnesses worked well. I now have two Newfoundland dogs that each weigh over 130 pounds. When I walk the two of them I need to be in total control. The collar and lead work the best for all of us.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Becky Katz.

What a delightful comment--you gave me my first laugh in days--thanks for that. I put a harness on Big Foot a rabbit I had and he was so funny---I had to speak to hime each time to made time hop--.

Thanks so much for your visit and comment.

Bobbi


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Cyndi10,

Hi, and thanks for your visit and comment. I believe strongly in a harness for pets and for the owner. One has more control of an animal with a harness and can pull them completely out of harms way--body and all---. But when you pull on a collar---they will sometimes pull against you---so you can not help them as well as you can with a harness.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your visit and comment. I am happy for your animals safety that you can control any issues with the collar and lead. I wish you well.

Bobbi


Lioness 4 years ago

I think that for dogs it is best to use a collar - I always use a prong collar for walking. My dog does not have pressure on her neck (usually) because I taught her NOT to pull. Using a harness would be horrible, as I wouldn't be able to control her. She is dog aggressive so without a prong, I can't do anything about it. (Thankfully, she understands what happens when she lunges so I rarely have to use the prong)

Even with small dogs I would not use a harness - you can not properly correct them!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Lioness,

To each their own. I would never use a prong on any of my pets.

Thanks for your visit and comment.

Bobbi Purvis


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epigramman 3 years ago

Happy New Year my dear friend and one of the most beautiful ladies I've had the pleasure of meeting at the Hub - I am sending sincere warm wishes for your continued health, happiness and prosperity for you and your family in the new year.

I walk Mister Gabriel who is an all white cat and deaf on a leash (the reason why because he is blissfully unaware of traffic noise and has absolutely no road sense) and he loves it - I should really say he walks me - he loves going down to the beach and I often just let him walk/run along the shore and Little Miss Tiffy because she is a diva now at 18 will never suffer the indignity of a leash - thank you very much - lol

big hugs from your 3 Canadians - Tiffy , Gabriel and Colin

lake erie time canada 11:19am


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Colin,

A very Happy New Year to you and your feline loves. I wish you the very best that life can offer anyone and to thank you for being a great writer friend of mine on the net of our world. I love an honest true writer who is always a supporter of the women who writes from the heart. HubPages has a lot of women who are your fans. You are one in a million---a man to admire--- and I wish you the greatest year ever in 2013.

A Friend,

Bobbi 1:36 pm from the Florida sunshine country girl.


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

Walking a pet with a harness seems to be the best way of assuring that no harm comes to them. Good information to know.


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for your visit and comment. Yes I believe in harnesses for my pets.

Have a great Friday.

Bobbi Purvis


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Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

A dog harness is an absolute must for dog owners. Our pups enjoy hiking with us. They get pretty excited with they hear or see another animal in the woods. They would pull right out of a collar. Of course, could be that I am not willing have have a collar so tight that it chokes them. A harness is best for both of us :)


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sylvestermouse,

I agree with you a 100%, I would not like to wear a collar and have someone pulling on my neck.

Thanks for reading and for your comment. Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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grand old lady 4 months ago from Philippines

I felt sad about the dog that was hung at the groomer's, and I am very glad you talked to the manager about the woman groomer. We have used harnesses and collars on our dogs, but they easily get out of the harness. I think in our case the dogs are better off with collars because that's how they started. It is also nice to know that harnesses can be used on cats.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 months ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for your visit---my heart is with harnesses that fit. And, cats also rabbits love harnesses. My pet rabbit love his and he received a lot of stares on my country road when I took him for walks in my yard.

Have a great weekend,

Bobbi Purvis

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