How to Train Your Cat to Walk with a Leash
Getting a cat to walk on a leash is not as difficult as you might think. And, if you have a kitten, the chances for successfully teaching your cat to walk on a leash are much greater. A kitten is much more apt to learning new tricks. Older cats tend to have trouble changing their routines and it can be tricky to coerce them into wearing a harness or leash.
Although it may be tricky at first, a cat benefits from the added stimulus and exercise from going on walks. This can help with things like boredom and obesity. Leash training can also be useful for traveling with your cat.
If your cat is obedient while wearing a leash, things like trips to the veterinarian can be much easier. You might even be able to get rid of the old cat carrier that you keep in the garage.
How to Get Them Walking
The easiest way to get your cat accustomed to walking with a leash is to get them comfortable with wearing a harness and collar. Here are some tips to make it easier to get your car at ease for a walk around the block.
- Make sure you have purchased a harness that fits. It shouldn't be so tight that the cat appears to be uncomfortable, but you need to make sure it's on snug enough so that they can't slip out.
- Put the harness on your cat before heading outside. You may want to have them wear the harness for an hour each day before even considering attaching the leash. Once you have put the harness on, you can give your cat a treat to reward them. Eventually they will associate the harness with treats and look forward to wearing it.
- Once your cat seems calm with the harness, attach the leash after giving her the treat. Don't try to walk your cat right away, instead let them walk around the house and drag the leash behind them. Make sure it's not near any potted plants or china cabinets to avoid disaster.
- Don't pull or drag your cat with the leash when you try to take them for a walk. Instead, pick the leash up and follow them while keeping a very light tension on it
- Eventually, you should you try to coo and softly coerce your kitten into following you in the direction you want to go. Unlike dogs, a cat will not listen to a stern command.
Once you and your cat are comfortable walking around your house and your front yard (it's good to start in a familiar place), you can slowly start exploring the neighborhood. It is a good idea to bring along lots of treats for your cat to keep their attention on the walk instead of trying to wiggle out of the harness.
Alternatives to Walking Your Cat
Sometimes and older cat or a kitten can be impossible to teach to walk on a leash. There are certain kittens that are far too stubborn to successfully take on a stroll around the block. However, it is still important for your kitten to go outdoors occasionally. Exercise can curb your cat's boredom and it also keeps them from misbehaving. Luckily, there are a few alternatives to getting your cat outside without having to wrestle a harness on them.
Kittywalk is an American company that makes a wide-range of pet products that are all geared to allowing your pets to enjoy the outdoors without the risks of running away or getting injured.
For the pampered feline, Kittywalk makes Pet Strollers so you and your cat can enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors. This is especially good for older cats with hip or joint problems that still enjoy the pleasures of bird watching.
Kittwalk also makes outdoor enclosures that allow your cat to play in the yard safely. The company makes a wide variety of different styles of closures, which can all be attached to work together, which is great if you own more than one cat.
Whether you choose to train your cat with a leash and harness or find an alternative way for them to play outside, the benefits are great. A cat who is able to explore the outdoors safely is less likely to cause naughtiness in your home. If you have any questions on what products would be best for your cat, contact us at PetStreetMall.com, we love assisting any animal lovers who are looking to keep their felines happy.
By Sean Bowes