How to troubleshoot harness escapes

The Gatsby harness is designed to be secure for cats and when used correctly should be escape-proof. If your cat has been able to escape from their Gatsby harness, here are the key things to check:

1. The fit

The Gatsby harness is designed to fit closely to your cat's body to ensure an escape-proof fit. Check the fit of your cat's Gatsby harness by putting it on indoors.

If you can fit more than one finger between the harness and your cat's body (with fur compressed), then the harness is too loose.

What to do:

  • If you can, shorten the straps of your Gatsby harness until you can only fit one finger snugly between the harness and your cat's body. Take care to ensure that the back straps pass close behind your cat's elbows, as this is essential for escape-proofing.

  • If you have shortened all straps fully, and are still able to fit more than one finger between your cat's body and their harness when it is on, then your cat's Gatsby is too large. If your harness is eligible for return, you can click below to book in a return on your original harness so that you can reorder in the smaller size that you need. 



2. Leash position

To ensure the escape-proofing features of the Gatsby harness function correctly, it is important to maintain a good leash position whilst exploring with your cat. 

Maintaining a good leash position when your cat is wearing a harness

What to do:

When walking with your cat, if the leash is taut and under tension, make sure that you keep it in the safe zone to avoid escapes.

How to prevent harness escapes

If you accidentally find yourself with the leash taut in the red or amber danger zones, move towards your cat to release the tension on the leash, and reposition so that the leash is back in the safe zone.


3. Tethering

The Gatsby cat harness is designed for use with a handheld leash, with an attentive human being at one end! We strongly advise against tethering for safety reasons, and it can also compromise the escape-proofing features of the harness due to low leash angles.


Preventing cat escaping from harness

What to do:

A tether creates a fixed point for a cat to pull against, which can lead to them pulling the harness off over their head. It is important that you do not tether your cat, so that you can be reactive to their movements and always maintain a good leash position. This will allow you to prevent these escapes.