Most cats love being outdoors, the fresh air and stimulation is great for them and they love the warmth of the sun. Unfortunately, there are some downsides to being outside because many cats will roam and may get lost, injured, kill birds or other wildlife or get into things they shouldn’t. A cat leash is an excellent way to take your cat outside for fresh air and exercise while still keeping him safe and protected. Leash training a cat may sound like an impossible task, but it’s really not all that difficult. All it takes is some time, effort and a little patience.
The first step is to measure your cat and shop for an appropriate cat leash and harness. Do not use a collar to walk your cat, because if your cat decides to run, the collar could injure his neck or even strangle him. A leash attached to a collar is simply an unsafe choice for your cat. A harness and leash are a much better option. There are many harnesses and leashes to choose from that are specially made for cats. Browse through your local pet store or shop online to find a harness that will fit your cat and not be too heavy. It’s also a good idea to pick up some cat treats to encourage and reward your cat when he does well.
When you get the leash and harness home, let your cat inspect them and get used to them being near him. Give your cat treats and lots of praise so they learn to associate the harness with “good” things. Once your cat is used to the harness, you can try putting it on him. It may take a little while, but once it’s on, make sure to give your kitty lots of love, praise and treats. At first, you’ll need to leave the harness on for a short period to let your cat get used to it. Each day, leave the harness on for longer periods of time until your cat hardly notices their wearing it, while continuing to give your kitty lots of praise and encouragement.
Now it’s time to introduce the leash. Clip the leash to the harness and let your cat get used to how it feels. As usual, give lots of encouragement, praise and treats to your cat to reward good behavior. Once he seems comfortable; encourage him to walk a few steps in the same direction as you. If he won’t take a step, use a treat to encourage him to take a step forward. If this doesn’t work, try picking him up and moving him a foot or two in the right direction, then repeat the process with a treat all over again until your cat begins to get the hang of it.
Remember, to be patient and keep trying. It may take a little time, but with some gentle persuasion, you’ll soon be walking your cat on a leash with poise and confidence.
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Source: Velita Livingston