Congratulations on your new Gatsby harness! Here's how to get the very best out of your new harness and use it safely.
Safe Operation & Escape-Proofing
- Only use the Gatsby harness with a handheld leash, with you at one end!
- Never tether your cat.
- Keep your cat supervised at all times as you explore together to make sure that the environment is safe for them.
The Gatsby harness is specially designed to be secure for cats. However, to ensure the escape-proofing features function correctly, it is important to ensure a good fit and maintain a good leash position whilst exploring with your cat.
Good leash position
- 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.
- 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.
- To achieve the perfect fit, adjust the front and back straps so that you can slide one finger only between your cat's harness and their body when it is on.
- Adjust both sides equally so that the harness stays centered on your cat's body.
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. Click below to book in a return on your original harness so that you can reorder in the smaller size that you need.
- When you first put the Gatsby harness on your cat it is very likely that they will show some unusual reactions. They may:
- Lie down
- Walk strangely
- Don't worry! All of these reactions are temporary. Depending on your cat's temperament and how much time you have been able to dedicate to training, these reactions may last just an hour or two, or they could take a few weeks to fully resolve.
- You may see them even if your cat has been used to a different type of harness in the past, because each new harness style brings new sensations.
Training is essential in helping your cat settle in to their new harness. Our harness training guide is here to take you through every step of this process - from first encounters with the harness to exploring happily outside. We highly recommend following this training plan!
Putting The Gatsby Harness On
Adjusting the size
- Adjust the left and right side equally, so that the harness stays centered on your cat's body.
Putting the harness on
- Open the quick-release buckle & lay the harness down flat, with the inside facing up, and front of the harness facing away from you. The front of the harness has the Supakit logo embossed on it.
- Position your cat with their front paws through the leg loops, then lift & fasten the buckle at the top.
- If your cat is a little flighty, cradle them under their chest with one hand to raise their front paws, then drop their front legs through the leg loops and fasten.
Exploring With Your Cat
Exploring with your cat is a unique experience! Be prepared to roam at your cat's pace, and don't try to force them to cover ground or get from A to B. Cats like to meander, walk the same path many times and there's every chance your cat will go for an impromptu lie down mid harness-outing!
Don't let this put you off! Go with the flow and discover the joys of seeing the world through your cat's eyes.
The only time you will need to set boundaries is to keep them safe as they explore:
- Don't let your cat climb in a way that you cannot control.
- If your cat is straying somewhere that isn't safe, stand firm to put some tension on the leash (maintaining good leash position), give a gentle verbal command and let them re-route to a safer course.
- Consider bringing a carrier or backpack with you if you are exploring away from your home to give them a safe space to rest in if they get tired or spooked.
You can find the care instructions for your Gatsby harness here.