Walking your cat on a leash
Have you ever thought about walking your cat on a leash? Alright, it might sound a little unusual but it can be done.
It’s not for all cats, but some indoor cats can benefit from being taken outside. It’s a good opportunity for exercise as well as giving your cat a different and interesting environment to explore.
How can you make it happen?
- Firstly, invest in a harness. A collar and leash won’t work for cats as they are highly inquisitive and could pull suddenly, causing injury. A harness will give you greater control and give your cat a greater sense of security.
- It may take a few goes to get the harness on. You will have to try slowly and calmly and be prepared that your cat may resist. Use positive re-enforcement with patting and treats. Be encouraging and try to show that what you are doing is a fun activity. If they refuse, don’t force the harness on. It may not be for them. There are plenty of other toys and enrichment options for cats.
- Once you do get the harness on, make sure it’s on comfortably and not too tight. Attach the leash.
- Now, it’s walking time! Before you venture to the great outdoors, do lots of practice inside. This will help your cat get used to it.
- After a few walks inside, take your cat to a small area outside such as the front garden or foyer. There’s no need to rush. Cats can be flighty animals so be prepared that sudden sounds or movement might cause them to react, jump or run. This is why it’s a good idea to build-up their confidence slowly. If they are an indoor cat, there will be plenty to see, smell and explore. There is no need to overload them. Stay to small and secure areas.
Patience is the secret ingredient to getting this right. Small walking sessions will build-up confidence and bring in results.