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Why Does My Cat Fall Over When I Put a Harness on Him? — 6 Comments

  1. The Thundershirt was designed for dogs. Most dogs like to be held when they are scared of something. Cats prefer to hide when afraid. Marketing a Thundershirt for cats shows ignorance of feline behaviour – the company make money by trading on people who think cats behave like dogs. I despair.

  2. This behavior has always struck my funny bone -L.O.L.-
    Cat refuses to walk with a harness and maybe feels too vulnerable & restricted. Pet parrots and other small animals will do this too. There are exceptions-such as a large dog who will turn into a rock glued to the floor if he hates baths* same idea only different animals and preferences, chains-ropes-leashes etc… even invisible lasso’s !!
    Eva-

  3. I call it being submissive.
    Yes the harness does calm the cat and in some cases makes a difficult cat more tolerable so to speak when need arises to handle cat outside of it’s normal environment.
    Harnesses are sometimes necessary to avoid potential issues for those who choose to take cats outdoors safely but the harnesses must be a good sturdy one not the cheap ‘too’easy release snap types.

  4. Of my 12 cat’s 4 of them wear halters and the trick to getting them used to it is to put the halter on the cat and just leave the cat alone,witin a couple of days they will be used to it but under no circumstance do NOT force ye cat to walk with a lead because then it will defeat the purpose and it does work just leaving the halter on,I promise.

  5. We used to trvel with our cats, dogs and kide. We had o pickup with camper and a travel trailer. Cats and dogs wore harnesses and were trained to walk on the leash. We only had one cat who absolutely did not like to travel, but she did very well when we got started. We met many families who wanted to know haw we could travel with such a large group. Our pets did better than out kids a lot of the time. The Clowder and The Pack were gradually introduced to harness and leash and accepted that they had crazy folk for parents. We also carried everyone’s vaccination records, doctor’s letters of health (for four and two-legged). My own parents, who were NOT animal lovers asked how we could do it. My response was that I would take the animals anytime and anywhere and leave the husband and kids at home.

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