Saturday, September 25, 2021

Sleepypod Martingale Cat Harness and Slim Leash

Today is the World's Largest Pet Walk sponsored by Pet Partners. This event is for everyone who wants to enjoy the health benefits of being active with pets, while also supporting Pet Partners! People may assume this day is for people who walk their dogs, but more and more people are taking their cats outdoors on leashes to experience the fresh air and to get exercise. In fact, cats who experience the great outdoors with their humans are known as "Adventure Cats." In addition to enjoying the outdoors, people travel with their pets on planes and in cars. For all of these occasions, it's important to consider training your cat to wear a halter in cases of emergencies to help to keep them from escaping. There are many different styles of harnesses that are used for cats and the challenge is to find one that is comfortable and safe for your cats.

Sleepypod has a long reputation for designing products that are safe, functional, and comfortable for cats. For a while, they were known primarily for carriers for cats (and other small pets), such as the Sleepypod Atom, the Sleepypod Air, and the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed. These items were designed to safely transport your cats in vehicles and planes. With the increase in pets going outdoors and the trend of "Adventure Cats" there is a need for a functional and safe harness. Cats are known to be escape artists when they are in a harness. Sleepypod designed the Martingale Cat Harness specifically for cats. This harness is unique, soft and breathable mesh that has a cinching feature to help prevent cats from escaping and it also reminds them not to pull when walking.

Red Sleepypod Martingale Harness on back on silver shaded Persian cat

Placing the Sleepypod Martingale Walking Harness on Truffle's back to help her become accustomed to it.

Martingale Cat Harness

The Sleepypod Martingale Cat Harness is made of laminated, triple layer mesh for better durability that conforms to the body, yet is structured enough to retain it's shape. The straps are adjustable at the neck and the chest for added comfort and security.

The harness is available in five brilliant colors: Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue, Pink Peony, Jet Black, and Strawberry Red. A few of these colors match the Sleepypod carriers. A unique feature of this harness is in it's strength. It's durable, yet lightweight, so it won't weigh your cat down. The stitching on the harness is robust so it withstands daily use. The harness can be hand washed in cold water and hung up to dry. The Sleepypod Martingale Cat Harness retails for $26.99 on the Sleepypod website.

There are three sizes for the harness:

  • Small: Neck 7" - 9.5"; Chest 11" - 14"
  • Medium: Neck 9.5" - 12"; Chest 14" - 18"
  • Large: Neck 12" - 14.5"; Chest 18" - 21"
If this is the first time using a harness on your cat, you should take things slowly. Not all cats will acclimate to wearing the harness at first. Be patient and follow some of the steps in the video below from Sleepypod. Watch closely and many of you may recognize the cat in this video!!!

Sleepypod Slim Leash

Sleepypod has also designed the Slim Leash for use with the Martingale Harness. The Slim Leash is "skinny but might" and is six-feet long. The leash includes a waster bag slot and utility ring and is composed of high tensile strength nylon webbing and high strength, aircraft grade snap hook that will withstand more than 500 pounds of force. The leash features an intuitive, push-on snap hook that is designed to assist those with arthritis or hand-mobility issues. The leash is made of vibrant colored yard that is individually dyed then woven together to craft the high-density webbing's unique luster and colorways. The slim leash is available in four colors: Charcoal, Pink Peony, Blue Lagoon, and Brilliant Copper. The Sleepypod Slim Leash retails for $29.99 and is available on the Sleepypod website.

Silver shaded Persian cat laying on ground with harness and leash

Truffle becoming accustomed to her harness with the leash attached.

Our Review

Truffle and Brulee are indoor-only cats, but I want to get them accustomed to wearing a harness with a leash attached in cases of an emergency. We live in the South about 2 hours from the coast and we do feel the effects of hurricanes at times. Luckily, we've never had to evacuate, but the time could come. I haven't traveled on an airplane with the girls yet, but I'd want a leash to keep them safe when going traveling. Also, I'd like to be able to let them sit on the porch with me when I'm relaxing and taking in the fresh air. They are both 10 years old and they've never worn a harness, but I wanted to let their first experiences be with the Sleepypod Martingale Harness because of the reputation of Sleepypod.

When I originally measured the girls for the correct size, I ordered a small because of their weight (8 pounds) and the measurement of the tape measure. What I didn't take into account was the larger than normal amount of fur they have being purebred Persian Cats. When I received the small harness, I had difficulty getting the band secured under the belly because of all of the fur. I knew this wouldn't be safe because the Velcro may become unattached because there wasn't enough surface area covering their abdomen. We decided to try the medium and it was much better. 

Silver Shaded Persian wearing pink Sleepypod Martingale Harness

Brulee demonstrating a view of the Sleepypod Martingale Cat Harness from the side

I did follow recommendations on getting my cats accustomed to the harness. Both Truffle and Brulee are 10 years old, so I need a lot of patience. I originally placed the harness next to the girls so they could become familiar with the smell. I then laid the harness on their backs. I then opened up the sides and let the harness rest on their backs and sides. I've gotten to the part of actually putting the harness on them with the stereotypical result of them falling on their side. After I put the harness and leash on Truffle in the first graphic in this post, she literally fell off the side of the desk on her side and into my arms. Brulee fell off of the side of her small tree (pictured above - she wasn't hurt!) I'm still working with them with the harness. I don't really plan on taking them outside on a regular basis, but do believe it's important to have them comfortable with a harness and leash in case of an emergency.

I'm confident that many of you who take your cats outside on a harness and leash would enjoy these Sleepypod products.


We're excited to announce that one of our readers has the opportunity to win a Sleepypod Martingale Cat Harness and Slim Leash. No purchase necessary. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States 18+ years, except where prohibited by law. The giveaway will run from September 25 - October 5, 2021, ending at 11:59 pm ET. One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly chosen. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post.  Other entry options are available after a comment is left.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book!  Good luck!

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  1. It sounds an ideal companion piece for the travelling companion. Well made, functional and comfortable, definitely seem to be terms that can be applied to this.
    Using one for emergencies is, I think, a very good reason to have a companion trained to wear these. It certainly creates more opportunities for the otherwise housebound feline.
    Lovely review!

  2. That does look like a nice one and it was cool to see the commercial with Summer too.

  3. That is a nice harness. Summer did so well in the commercial.

  4. That looks like an excellent harness! And the kitties all did so well modeling it!

  5. Hey, I recognize the kitty in that video! MOL Just be consistent with the girls in their harness training, make it fun quality time with you, and dole out lots of treats. It really does make a difference.

  6. I totally need this! I’ve been wanting to try this harness ever since it first came out. We have a variety of harnesses but none of them are really right for Minnie. And Plush would do well with this too.

  7. I had no idea the girls were so small! I think Latte might enjoy walking on a harness outside. Bear and Ellie likely wouldn't want to for recreation - but Latte might!

  8. That is a wonderful harness! I used harnesses with my Huskies, but never thought about cats and I think it's a terrific idea! So much more secure for our pets. Great review!

  9. I haven’t used harness/leash with my cat yet. I just adopted her though and I would be interested in trying it.

  10. It was awesome to see Summer in that video! My kitties are indoors only, like yours, but I do like to have them harness trained in case of emergency. It's nice to have the harness when going to the vet too. Dexter could really use a new harness. Perhaps I will work on getting one of these for him.

  11. I haven't tried a harness with my cats yet, but I would like to.

  12. This sounds like a great product. Both of our cats are indoor cats, but Pippen LOVES spending time outdoors hanging out with me in the hammock birdwatching or even camping. We have tried a few harnesses with her and found that while some work great, many leave us disappointed. I think we'll have to make a point of getting our hands on this one to give it a try!

  13. That looks like such an awesome harness and so comfy, I use a slim leash with Layla and love them

  14. I don't use a leash on my cats. That's kind of why I'm here. When we walk our new puppy our cats seem to stare longingly out the window. They deserve to take walks as well. I just wish I hadn't waited so long.

  15. We are training our kitty on the leash since we started rv living.

  16. That's a very nice and useful item though I think my cats are to old for it now. =^..^=


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