A Guide to Training Your Cat to Walk on a Leash

A Guide to Training Your Cat to Walk on a Leash

In this article, we'll talk about training your cat to walk on a leash to help keep them safe and happy as they explore the great outdoors. Read on!

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Cats are often regarded by the public as having a bad temper and not wanting to follow instructions. However, just like dogs, cats can be trained to do things that fulfill their interests. All it takes is patience and proper guidance, and you’ll be able to get them to learn what they need to. 

In this article, we’ll talk about training your cat to walk on a leash to help keep them safe and happy as they explore the great outdoors.

Avoid Collars

Collars are useful for identifying cats, as well as for attaching a bell to their necks, but they are not helpful for walking cats on a leash. Cats can easily slip out of collars, especially when they’re attached to a leash being pulled in another direction.

The Security of a Harness

Harnesses designed for cats are much more secure for walking a cat with, especially when you are first training them. It goes around the body of the cat in a way where a collar would not be able to. This gives you more control over their movements without compromising their necks. Make sure the harness isn’t too tight by seeing if you can fit precisely two fingers under it as they wear it.

Let Them Adjust to the Harness

Training your cat to wear a harness takes time. First, put the harness on your cat and just let it relax while it gets used to it. Let your cat sniff it, then give it treats while it becomes comfortable with the harness. 

Be patient with your cat, as the adjustment period may vary. Once your cat starts walking around the house normally with the harness on, it’s ready for a leash.

Let Them Adjust to the Leash

Once your cat has adjusted to the harness, try attaching a four or six-foot leash to it. Again, you have to give them time to adjust, either by holding the leash or letting them walk around with the leash in tow. 

This step is crucial as you will eventually be communicating with your cat through this leash with tugs. Again, reward them with treats and petting for good behavior and receptiveness.

Time for the Outdoors!

Now that your cat is used to both the harness and leash, it’s time to head outside. Get a quiet place to train your cat, such as a backyard or a back porch. Let them roam but still within leash length.

You can use tugs, treats, or petting to get them to go where you want them to go. Give them time to get used to a different environment and avoid things that may startle them, as this could cause them to be fearful of future walks.

Have a Safe Walk

Aside from training your cat to walk on a leash, you also want to ensure their safety by visiting your vet. The outdoors have ticks and fleas that you’ll want to avoid, but a vet will help you take necessary preventative measures. Prepare your cat for the great outdoors, and show them there’s more to life than the walls of your home.

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