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You might be one of those people who wants to boat travel with your cat but you’re worried that they might drown in the water when you are not looking or maybe you even live on a boat and you want your cat to be a little safer when they are outside. However, one thing I noticed when shopping for life jackets is that they are marketed for mostly dogs and not really any for cats.
Its really hard to find any that is specifically made for just cats. In fact, I don’t think I found any at all. They were just labeled “pet” life preservers. I find it kind of surprising you don’t see more for just cats to be honest. I say this because contrary to popular belief there are actually cats that like swimming in water.
Certain breeds are more likely to enjoy swimming than others. Maybe most boaters think that cats don’t like water and decide not to get one? I don’t know, but to me it’s just a missed opportunity to do a cool activity with your pet. It would also help them to cool off in the hot weather as well because it does get kind of warm in these types of areas.
The good thing is the smaller ones for dogs do work for cats if they are around that size. They even have ones for kittens if you have smaller cats as well. Here is a list of life jackets that I consider worth buying if you are on a boat with your feline companion (or companions).
Why Get A Life Jacket For Your Cat?
Accidents can happen so if you are going anywhere that involves water such as a lake or especially the ocean you really want have one on your cat so they don’t potentially drown. If they fall in the water the handle on the top of the vest also makes it easier for you to pull them back to you onboard.
Things To Look For In A Cat Life Vest
There are some neat features a life vest can have. Here are some of the things I like to have on a life vest for my cat.
Having reflector strips on a cat life vest is really useful to have. It makes it easier to find your cat if you can’t find them for whatever reason.
These are a must have feature for a life jacket for me. Some of them have multiple handles which is even better. If you need to grab your cat because you are trying to get them back on board it makes it much easier to do.
If a life jacket has this feature it really nice to have because it helps keep your cats head above water adding another layer of safety.
Getting a life jacket with brighter colors can be really useful when you are at sea or any body of water with your cat. The reason for this is because brighter colors are easier to see so your cat will be easier to find if they happen to get lost somewhere.
Some Things To Consider
Some cats do not enjoy having things like this being put onto them and act really reluctant to putting it on. Luckily you can do some things to make it more likely they will be eventually fine with wearing the jacket. Some of these things include.
Slowly Introduce Them To The Jacket
Don’t just grab them and quickly apply the life jacket to them as this can scare them. Let them examine it first then put it on when it feels right. You also will want to do this in a comfortable environment so there is less of a chance they would be nervous putting the life jacket on.
Cats Can Be Scared Of Velcro
If you pull apart Velcro your cat may end up getting startled by the noise and may not want to put the jacket on as a result. Pull the Velcro apart slowly so it makes less noise and you should be good.
Test The Jacket First
You don’t want to be at sea or some type of body of water and they end up drowning because the jacket didn’t work right. To prevent this you should test the life jacket first. A good way to do this is to put the jacket on your cat and put them in a pool or bathtub to see if everything works right.
Make Sure To Get The Right Size
One other thing, Make sure to get the measurements of whatever product you are interested in so you don’t get the wrong size! If you get the wrong size the jacket won’t be as effective at doing its job or they won’t be able to use it all together. The sizing should be on the Amazon or chewy.com page.
1. AOFITEE Life Jacket Pet Safety Vest
This product is one of the best pet life preservers on Amazon (click here for the amazon link). It does say its for dogs but you can put this on your cat as well if you get the smallest size. It also has a neat fin design so they look like a shark or a fish in the water. Its also made with heavy duty fabric so it lasts a very long time. I would recommend this one if you like the design of this preserver.
2. HAOCOO Dog Life Jacket Vest
If you want something without the weird fin on it or want one with a lot of variety of colors this would be another good choice for boat travel with your cat. What’s nice about these is they come in XXS so you could fit a kitten in these if you have them.
If you have just a regular cat, a XS would probably fit them just fine without any problems but apparently these particular life preservers do come in a bit small so keep this in mind. They also have measurements on the amazon page if you are curious to see if this would fit your cat.
If you want see more info about this life preserver, you can click here to the amazon page listing of this product. Overall, this would be a good choice if you have kittens and want to get life preservers at a really decent price.
3. Hurtta Life Jacket
Out of all the designs, this one is probably my favorite. They work for cats that are 0-10 pounds and up and you have 2 colors to choose from which are Coaral Camo and Orange I think they all look really cool.
If you have a cat that is more than 10 pounds, these life preservers can get kind of pricey keep note of that. If you cat is below 10 pounds, these are very cheap to buy. You can click here for the amazon page.
4. EZYDOG Life Jacket
This jacket says its for dogs but it works great for cats as well. It has a D-ring for leash attachment, 50% more buoyancy, its made out of heavy-duty polyester and ultra-buoyant foam and has a contoured neck. It comes in red and yellow and you get it in x-small, small, medium, large and x-large. Click here for the chewy.com link.
5. KONG Sport AquaPro Flotation Vest
I really like this vest because it not only looks nice but its made of of high quality nylon material and it has three layers of foam which is nice because some only have two. It also has reflective strips which is a huge plus so your cat doesn’t go missing. It comes in orange or green and you can get it in xx-small, small, medium, large and xx-large. Click here for the chewy.com link.
6. Alcott Mariner Life Jacket
I really like this one because of its really nice simple design. It has reflective strips and that really useful handle for when you need to pick up your pet. It comes in small, medium and large.
If you get a small and you have a 10 pound cat it should fit them just fine. The Amazon page for this product is here.
7. Kurgo Surf N Turf Life Jacket
This is another really good choice if you want something simple looking but that works really well too. This one however only comes in red. If red is your thing this would be a great choice for you and your cat!
This one also has multiple handles on it which is pretty nice. You might even be able to buy these for kittens based on the size chart. Another interesting feature this one has is a bottle opener on the top of it. You can check out the amazon.com buy page here.
8. Vivaglory Dog Life Jacket
This is a great jacket that a lot of people use for there pets and it comes in many sizes and has a lot of colors to choose from. It also has a handle on the top and reflective strips on the sides. You can find the amazon.com buy page here.
9. Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket
This is also a preserver that many people use and works really well for cats and kittens alike. It comes in a couple of colors to choose from and even a clown fish design if you want something that has more flare to it. You can find the chewy.com buy page here.
10. GabeFish Life Jacket Vest
If you want a life jacket with all sorts of design choices this a good life vest to go with. It also comes in a lot of sizes including 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL. Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
11. Vivaglory Premium Neoprene Life Jacket
This one is really nice because the design stands out compared to other life jackets I’ve seen. Its made with premium neoprene material and extra built-in flotation layers so it works really well keeping your cat above water.
These would probably fit kittens as well. Best of all it has a 90 day warranty! The sizes are XS, Small and Medium and it comes in Blue, Lemon Yellow, Orange, Pink and Red. Click here to check the current price on amazon.
12. Vivaglory Life Jackets with Extra Padding
This one is similar to the other Vivaglory life jacket but the design is slightly different. This one also comes with a 90 day warranty! It also comes in 8 colors which are Blue, Camo Blue, Camo Pink, Extra Reflective Green, Extra Reflective Yellow, Extra Reflective Orange, Pink and Yellow. You can find the amazon buy page here.
13. ZippyPaws Adventure Life Jacket
I like this one because it has a really simple design. The way that this life jacket works is that it has a two layers of closed-cell foam that allows it to keep your cat afloat.
It also has an reflectors so you know where your cats is which is a really nice feature to have on a life jacket. It comes in XXS, XS, S, M, L and XL and it only comes in red. Click here to check the current price on chewy.com.
14: Coleman Life Jacket
Believe it or not Coleman actually makes life jackets for pets and they work quite well. It has mesh material on it and is brightly colored so you can spot your pet easily. It comes in orange and yellow and the sizes are x-small, small, medium and large. Click here to check the current price on amazon.
15: Frisco Neoprene Life Jacket
This is a really nice life jacket by Frisco that I really like. My favorite feature of this jacket is that its insulated to help with cold water. It also very safety conscious.
It has four reflective accents, bright color so it easy to spot your cat, a floating flap in the front to keep your cats head above water and it even has a handle at the top so its easy to carry them around or get them out of the water.
It comes in x-small, small, medium, large and x-large. Click here to check the current price on chewy.com.
All life jackets are generally the same in my opinion but its nice to have the extra safety features as well. As long as it fits your cat well and is made out of good material it should be a good choice for you and your cats needs. If you have a boat and want some tips while on your trip you can read my article on that here “Boating With Cats: Everything You Need To Know“.