Sunday, 4 March 2018

I made my kitten a harness and leash


My little puss cries whenever I go out the door. Even if she can see me while I'm hanging out the washing. She'll scale the screen, mew and mew, and generally make me feel like a terrible human. She's an indoor kitty so she isn't allowed out to roam around on her own but I felt like taking her outside with me while I'm gardening, hanging washing, or just having a cup of tea out under the patio would be a nifty thing to be able to do. Safely, that is! Being so young she'd be at a good stage to start harness training so I can take her out into the world but harnesses are either too damn big because they're meant for dogs (the affordable ones at the Reject Shop), or too damn expensive.
I don't have- money
I do have - fabric scraps, a sewing machine, crochet skills, time (sort of), and a foolhardy sense of determination.

And so, with a little trial and error, I made both a kitty harness and a leash all with crafty supplies and shit I had already. What I did was start off using a crochet harness pattern I found online {Pixie Heart Strings} and once I'd determined the first was too small I made adjustments and came up with a good fit. A friend pointed out that maybe crochet would have too much give to hold her securely inside and she was right, so to counteract that I've rather shittily but somewhat successfully lined it in cotton to decrease that stretch that crocheted fabric naturally has. I then sewed it to the inside of the harness and attached a loop on the top for the leash clip. I realise that as she grows I will need to make larger ones, or I may get to a point where I'll be able to buy one, but I'm ok with that. I've always found huge satisfaction finding handmade solutions to problems I have around the home. As Bigweld from Robots says, 'See a need, fill a need'! The leash was made using multiple cut strips of fabric folding over and sewn together end to end as I didn't have one piece of fabric large enough to cut a whole length from. The plastic clip I salvaged off the strap from a travel duffel bag I never use the strap for anyway.

And does it fit Moira? Yep! There's a little room in there for her growth over the next month I think but it's still snug enough to start using now. I popped it on her for a final fitting and to let her run around in it, she's not fussed by it at all. She isn't too keen on having it put on but she gets over that pretty quickly. The next step will be to put it on her, attach the leash, and take it for a test run. The weather is waaaay too hot and humid to do that today, I don't want to make her any hotter. I'll wait til it cools down, if it cools down, during the week.

Maybe eventually she can come with us to the corner shop to get milk, or have a walk around the block. We'll see!

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