Frankie Escapes His Harness


I discovered a flaw in Frankie’s harness. I know it is a little big for him and not the the most secure harness in the world but it is very easy to put on him and it has worked so far.

Cat Frankie on Harness

Walking a cat is not like walking a dog. You go where they want to go. On a recent walk, Frankie took me behind our house and across the next street. The roads get very hot in the summer time around here and I saw that Frankie was being affected by it. He seemed to hurry across the street and stand in the grass where it was cooler. After inspecting the bushes for a while we headed back to the street. A few seconds later, Frankie found refuge in the shadow of a car.

I normally try to keep him away from Cars because I don’t want him under them, but in this case I knew his feet were hot so I thought I would give him a minute or two to cool down. Before I knew it he was under the car pulling at the leash. In an instant I was holding a leash and an empty harness. It seems that the trick to escaping this harness is backing up.Cat Frankie on Harness

I was not thinking like a news reporter and put my phone in my pocket and stop taking pictures at that point. I tried to coax Frankie out from under the car but he wasn’t having any of it. Eventually, I walked home and came back with a pool noodle that was in my shed. I thought I could intimidate him with the noodle but that didn’t work. Instead, he growled, hissed and attacked the noodle.

I gave up on the noodle ideas and brought it back to the house. I look for something else that might work and found a water bottle. I thought a little water might encourage him to get out from under the car, but when I returned he wasn’t there.

I looked around for a minute thinking he would be very difficult to find, but I found him hiding in the bushes next to the car. So I picked him up and carried him home while he hissed at me all the way.

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23 thoughts on “Frankie Escapes His Harness

  1. Piglove

    Tsk tsk tsk. Cats do have a mind of their own… the same has been said about me for some reason. I’m hoping mom doesn’t see this post and get any great ideas about putting a harness on me. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

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  2. onespoiledcat

    You’re right – it’s all about just following them holding the leash as they do whatever they want to do……but usually a gentle tug will redirect Sam – however he’s had the harness/leash situation to live with for almost 17 years. He cooperates. You may have to just pick Frankie up to change his direction or head where YOU want to go. They sure can squirm out of situations (and harnesses!) when they want to!

    Pam

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  3. Summer

    My human tests my harnesses inside by pulling forward on them and letting me struggle backwards to see how easy it is for me to get out of them. It’s not as annoying as it sounds for me, it just takes a quick moment, and it’s surprised her a few times to see how easily I could slip out of certain harnesses. The one I use most now is a simple strap harness from PetSmart… it’s actually really difficult for me to get out of! Binga has pretty much taken over my older pink Puppia harness because her head’s bigger and she can’t get out of it the way I can.

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  4. kittiesblue

    Mom thinks you should take treats with you when you walk in case you get into a predicament like this again. Maybe staying away from the hot pavement would be a good idea as well. That’s always the easy way out of the harness when you have the tension of someone holding the leash. So happy Frankie wandered no further than the bushes. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      When I volunteered at the Humane Society, they taught the dog walkers to bring treats. They said a dog will give up it’s freedom for a treat, but not so with cats.

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