Dogs aren’t the only pets who like going for a walk with their owners. We’ll show you how to educate your cat to walk on a leash!
Cats, believe it or not, enjoy going for walks with their owners. It may appear impossible. We’ve always thought of dogs as the pet who enjoys accompanying their owner on a leisurely stroll. Don’t forget about your cat, though! After all, it’s not just dogs who prefer spending time outside; cats also enjoy being outside. Unfortunately, cats and their free-roaming ways are not always safe in the environment. This adds to the confusion. Allowing your cat to go for a walk around the neighbourhood isn’t always possible.
It’s risky to leave your cat outside unsupervised if you live in a high-traffic location, for example. Cats can be a hazard in some parts of the world, as they hunt for already-depleted animals such as birds and tiny rodents. Some rural locations also contain a population of creatures that may view your cat as prey, making it far too dangerous to leave your cat alone. Walking your cat on a leash in any of these situations (and others) is the ideal way to give your cat some supervised outdoor time. Whatever your motivation for wanting to walk your cat, it’s clear that you’re in for a battle.
You may have noticed that cats, especially when compared to dogs, may be a little obstinate. Cats, unlike dogs, are not always eager to please their owners, especially when it comes to training. That isn’t to suggest that a kitty can’t be trained to walk on a leash; it just needs a little more time and patience. If you utilise the appropriate approach and skills, you’ll be able to pull it off. That’s where our professionals come in. So, if you’re wondering how to train a cat to walk on a leash, consider the following suggestions to make the process go more smoothly for both you and your feline companion. In no time, the two of you will be out and about!
Choosing the Right Cat Harness Before You Begin:
Before we get into the how-tos of leash training cats, we need to talk about the equipment to use. After all, it’s not like you can expect your cat to walk behind you without a leash or harness. If you want to keep your cat secure while you’re out of the house, you’ll need a safe, well-fitting harness and leash. Your cat can easily slip out of your reach if the leash is too loose, and if it is too tight, it can cause discomfort and make training more difficult. It’s critical to get the correct harness for you and your cat if you want your walking training to go as smoothly as possible. Here is some important points that you need to remember:
1. Cat harnesses come in a variety of styles:
Cat harnesses come in a number of styles, just like any other pet product. Butterfly jackets, figure 8 cat harnesses, vest type harnesses, and a basic H harness are the most popular.
2. Size of the harness:
Cat harnesses are available in a variety of sizes. In fact, your cat may be large enough for a tiny dog harness, so take measurements before purchasing. Measure your cat’s neck and chest girth with a measuring tape and select the appropriate harness size. You want to make sure your cat is safe while still being comfortable. Your cat will never respond well to wearing a harness that is too tight.
Cat harnesses are produced from a range of different materials, just like dog harnesses. Faux or genuine leather, nylon, and cotton are among of the most popular choices. Kitties, on the other hand, appear to prefer sturdy nylon, which provides them with the comfort and security they require when out on walks. This material is also easy to clean for their human owners, with many of these harnesses being machine washable. As a result, nylon is the greatest option in general.
How to Get Your Cat Used to Wearing a Harness?
It’s time to introduce your cat to these new objects after you’ve purchased a feline-specific harness and leash. This will take some time and should be completed in stages.
Begin by placing them near the cat’s food or her favourite napping location. Do this for a few days so she becomes accustomed to seeing them and begins to identify them with things that make her happy. This may appear to be a bit ridiculous, but trust us when we say it works.
You can also hold the leash and harness in your hands so that your pet can sniff them and get more comfortable approaching them. It’s a good idea to give goodies throughout the process. Before attempting to put the harness on, it’s critical to establish positive associations between your cat and the harness. Your cat will be more likely to accept it if you do it this way. You may even take the training a step further by gently slipping the harness over the cat’s neck and rewarding calm behaviour with a treat.
Then there’s the task of putting the harness on your cat. This is particularly difficult for cats who dislike being restrained or held. Keep the cat’s favourite snack available to make things easier. Hold your cat for a few moments, gently but firmly, and praise her while you do so before giving her a treat. After you’ve released go, let her devour the treat. You’ll have to do this for several days. Always follow up the handling with a treat, and hold kitten for a few moments longer each time. This is a step-by-step procedure. The long-term effort will be well worth it.
You may adjust the harness to fit your cat properly after she is comfortable with it on her body. It’s just fine if you can squeeze two of your fingers between her torso and the strap. You want it to be safe but yet relaxing.
However, if she becomes agitated at any time along the journey, reward her with treats when you remove the harness. The goal is to remove the harness before she becomes unhappy, which might be difficult. Please be patient as this will take several days. If you rush this step, your cat may develop a dislike towards the harness.
Connect the Leash:
Connect the leash to the harness and let your cat to walk around while dragging on the floor. To give a distraction, use toys and treats, and repeat for a few days. Make sure the leash isn’t caught on anything so she won’t be afraid to wear the harness.
Begin by taking your cat for a walk inside:
Once your cat has become accustomed to wearing the collar and leash, take her for a walk indoors. You can start taking her for walks outside if you realise that she is comfortable with it. Before introducing all of the extra distractions that come with being outside, it’s critical to get your cat used to walking in the harness.
Bring It Outside:
If your cat has never been outside, she will be surprised and stressed, so begin walking her in a very safe and quiet place, such as your backyard. While the leash is on, sit with her and let her explore slowly while keeping a tight eye on her. It’s critical to keep this stage of the training moving at a comfortable speed for your cat. Going for a walk outside will be daunting for her if she has spent her entire life indoors. As a result, it’s critical to do things slowly and carefully. When your cat is relaxed and ready to explore additional outdoor areas, you’ll be able to tell.
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