How to get your cat to go walkies in a leash.
When did you last see a cat on a leash?
If your answer is everything I think it will be, it’s understandable because most cats refuse this kind of “treatment”.
This is exactly why patience is the first crucial factor. It is obvious that the cat will not take such a suggestion without some kind of argument.
Anyway, if we are talking about an apartment cat, we can say it is important for it to get used to the idea that it is not imperative that once out of the house something bad is going to happen.
Use your imagination and first build a surrounded space for your cat.
And don’t forget that the cat would be really happy to climb something.
High plants or low trees can be an attraction to your cat.
Buy a cat collar for the cat and try to get her used to it.
It is important that it would be worn just around the house at first. The same thing needs to be done with the leash.
After a few days, encourage her by walking short distances on the cat leash, tempting her with a cat toy or some cat food.
- Then get out of the house for short walks.
- Increase distance one day at a time.
- Pick quiet places and make sure she got used to the outside street noise.
If you really want to make her walk on a leash, then try to get her to go with you when you are going shopping or on longer walks.
In time you can make her accept routes with intense traffic, but it is important for her to feel safe and to understand that she can rely on you.
And if she wants to run around a little, make sure the collar isn’t too rigid.
You can even place a bell on her collar to find her easier in case she escapes or hides behind a bush.
It will stop her from hunting, but take the bright side of this suggestion.
You can find your cat even if somehow she runs away or escapes from the cat collar.
How To Walk Your Cat On A Leash
Acclimating your cat to the cat harness and leash can take some time. The earlier you start them, the easier it will be for them to become used to the harness and cat leash.
But that doesn’t mean your adult cat won’t get used to it, they certainly can!
Place the harness and leash in the same room with your cat, but don’t put them on your cat.
Once your cat is comfortable with the new items being in the same room, you can begin to hold them near her and use treats to build a positive association.
Don’t move faster than your cat is comfortable with. If she freaks out, take a step back and give her space.
Eventually you will be able to place the harness on her, still using treats to build positive associations.
And then attaching the leash will be your next step. Just let you cat become comfortable wearing the harness and leash, all the while giving treats.
Use a line of treats to have your cat walk in the leash inside of the house first.
Eventually, you will be able to go to the door, then walk out the door, then walk down the driveway, then down the street.
Use lots of love and cat treats and never try to push your cat farther than they are comfortable with.
If your cat takes to the harness and leash, enjoy your time outside and let her roll in the grass and chase butterflies.
If your cat never takes to the harness and leash, that’s OK too. You can always bring the outdoors to her inside where she is more comfortable.
It’s always worth a try!