Anyone who has ever owned a ferret knows that these cute little critters can be both fickle and super-fast. One minute they will be comfortably resting in your arms and the next they’ll have slipped through your grip, skirted off up the stairs, and found a place to hide behind the couch.
It’s not a problem in a closed-in area, but if you plan to take your pet ferret outside for a stroll in the wider world, you’re going to need a good harness.
There are several different styles to choose from, and many different makes and models, which can make selecting the best harness for your ferret somewhat of a challenge. As with most things, some of these are great products, some not so good, and a few can even be downright dangerous for your pet. Knowing which is the right one to choose can be a bit tricky, so to help you out, we’ve put together this list of reviews of the best ferret harnesses available.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites for 2023
|Best Overall||Kaytee Small Animal Harness||
|Best Value||Living World Small Animal Harness||
|Premium Choice||Marshall Harness & Lead Ferret Leash||
|FunPetLife Animal Harness||
|Ancol Ferret Harness & Lead Set||
The 10 Best Ferret Harnesses
1. Kaytee Small Animal Harness – Best Overall
The Kaytee Small Animal Harness is a fully adjustable vest style harness and leash combination. It is available in three different sizes and comes complete with a safe elastic-style leash.
The harness is made from lightly padded nylon material and is fitted with two adjustable plastic clips that will ensure a snug and comfortable fit for your pet. There is also a metal D-ring securely positioned on the back of the harness for easy connection to the supplied leash.
2. Living World Small Animal Harness – Best Value
The small animal harness from Living World is another fully adjustable vest style harness that comes complete with a leash. Unlike our Best Overall choice above, the supplied leash isn’t made from a stretchy elastic material. Nevertheless, this product is, in our opinion, the best ferret harness for the money.
The harness itself is made from a nylon mesh material, and the fasteners have both Velcro and plastic clips. It is available in three sizes and comes in three different colors, purple, red, and blue.
3. Marshall Harness & Lead Ferret Leash – Premium Choice
If a premium H-style harness that has been designed for ferrets is what you are looking for, you should take a close look at this model from Marshall. It is made from quality nylon strapping, is fully adjustable, has easy to access plastic clips, and comes complete with a leash.
The design of this harness is such that it allows your ferret full freedom of movement while still ensuring he is unable to slide out of the harness.
4. FunPetLife Animal Harness
This small animal harness may be a good choice if you’re looking for an H-type harness that has a bit of style. It comes complete with a non-elastic leash as well as a set of decorative material wings that adds a bit of pizzazz.
This harness is constructed from nylon webbing, has small plastic fastening clips, and also has a D-ring on the back to allow secure connection of your leash. Though not specifically designed for ferrets, the harness is fully adjustable and comes in a variety of colors.
5. Ancol Ferret Harness & Lead Set
This figure-eight style harness is constructed from polyester strapping and has nylon buckles. It has a reliable D-ring attached to the back of the harness and comes complete with a non-elastic leash.
While fully adjustable and designed to allow maximum freedom of movement, this type of harness can be a little challenging to fit and adjust. When not correctly fitted, ferrets can easily wriggle free from this type of harness. So, you will need to take care to ensure your pet is secure.
6. RYPET Small Animal Harness
The RYPET small animal harness is another vest style harness is constructed from breathable mesh style fabric. It comes with a non-elastic leash and a stylish checkered bow. It also has a large heavy-duty D-ring on the back of the vest where you can fasten a leash.
This harness is a little more expensive than some of the products we’ve reviewed. The harness is secured by Velcro, which makes it easy to put on. However, it is not adjustable, and there are no safety clips to hold the harness closed. As such, you will need to make sure your ferret does not pull the Velcro fasteners open.
7. Ware Critter Jeans Harness-N-Leash
This denim vest style harness has been specifically designed for small animals like ferrets. It is adjustable, simple to fit, and comes complete with a denim leash.
Our one concern about this harness is that we’ve seen several reports that it can be a little challenging to adjust at the neck. This is something you may need to be careful with, as if not fitted correctly, this harness will be quite easy for a ferret to wriggle their way out.
8. Alfie Pet Kobi Harness
The Alfie Pet Kobi Harness is an H-type harness that is made from quality nylon material. It is adjustable and designed to be non-restrictive and allows maximum freedom of movement. The harness comes with a non-elastic leash and is fitted with sold and secure plastic clips.
We have some concern about the size of the neck loop with this harness as it may not be able to be adjusted to fight the narrow neck of a ferret. However, with some care, this is unlikely to be an issue as, by all reports, the main body strap can be adjusted to fit securely.
9. PETCO Deluxe Ferret Harness
This is a no-fuss H-type harness that is made from quality nylon webbing straps. It is available in red, green, and blue and comes complete with a matching non-elastic leash.
This type of harness design is quite well suited to ferrets. However, this particular model is expensive and offers no real additional benefits that some of the cheaper models we have featured above.
10. Sandia Pet Products Ferret Harness
This ferret harness from Sandia Pet Products is another no-frills H-type harness made with nylon webbing straps. It has solid plastic clips, is adjustable to fit the smallest or largest ferret, and has a little bell located on the back.
While there is nothing flash about this harness, it is still a good harness. However, it is the only model that we have reviewed that does not come with some sort of leash. This is a significant issue as it means that you will need to purchase a separate leash before you can use the harness to take your ferret out of the house.
If you don’t know what it is that you are looking for, choosing the right harness for your ferret can be a bit of a challenge. There are hundreds of different makes and models to choose from, many varying in price, quality, and design. However, there are only four basic harness types, each of which differs in terms of fit, comfort, effectiveness, and safety. These are:
The Basic Collar
This is the simplest form of harness available and the cheapest. Collars can be constructed from all sorts of material, and it is usually quite easy to attach a leash directly to them. However, this is not an effective or safe way to harness a ferret.
Collars can place a lot of pressure on your ferret’s neck, which can be a problem as they have a habit of jumping from your arms or running and leaping onto things. It is quite easy for a ferret to seriously injure itself, or possibly break their necks if it suddenly runs out of leash. Hence, while you may want to put a collar on your ferret, we would never recommend attaching a collar to a leash.
The Pet Vest
The pet vest is a soft padded vest that slips on over your ferrets back and clips underneath their abdomen and across their chest. They are easy to put on, comfortable to wear, supportive, and generally have a D-Ring on the back of the vest to connect to a leash.
These vests can be made form a variety of different materials, come in a wide range of colors and are typically a good design for ferrets.
Single Strap 8-Shape Harness
As the name suggests, these harnesses are made from a single rope or material strap, shaped into a figure eight. The harness can be fitted without fuss, but is not the best design for a ferret, as they can often easily wriggle out of them.
The H-type harnesses have two large loops. One that fits around your pet’s neck like a collar and another that wraps around his abdomen. Like the pet vest, these harnesses have a D-ring located low on the back of the vest where you can attach a leash.
These vests are usually adjustable and will fit your pet snuggly. They are safe to use, and as your ferret won’t be able to wriggle out of them, they are generally a better choice.
Hopefully, these reviews have given you a clear place to start when you’re considering the best ferret harness for your pet.
There are plenty of different makes and models available. Still, we’re confident that if you choose any of the harnesses from the top of our list, you won’t go wrong.
To recap, our top picks are: