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Is it OK to take your cat for a walk on a lease?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

cat-leashA cat’s life is safer when they live indoors. Lots of people would like to give their cat some fresh air and would like to take them for a walk on a leash.  There are leashes for cats available that are different from a typical dog leash.  It is possible to train a cat to walk on a leash. Use a harness instead of a collar and get a leash that is four to six feet long.  The first thing that you must do is get your cat used to the harness.  If she resists, don’t force her. Leave the harness around for a few days where she can smell it.  When she’s ready, let your cat drag the leash but keep an eye on her.  Then hold the leash and follow her for short indoor walks.  Eventually, you can try to take her outside.  Make sure that you praise her, pet her and give her a treat when she goes where you want.  Never pull.

In my opinion, if your cat won’t walk on a leash, don’t force her. Indoor cats are not used to being on a leash or being outdoors. An ideal situation is a screened in porch. This way your cat can get the feeling that they’re outside without really being out. They can rome around on their own and will still remain safe.

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