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Teaching a cat to walk on a leash

Sunday, September 30, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Sometimes a cat is not content staying in an apartment. He darts out the door as soon as it’s opened and you always have to worry about him  getting away. Walking a cat on a leash can be a good balance between the inside and outside for your cat. If your cat doesn’t mind being handled, he’s probably a good candidate for leash training. Get a harness type leash,your cat will slip of the other kind. Give your cat treats after each step. Put the harness on him and then, give him a treat. When he takes a few steps with the harness on, give him another treat. Remove the leash the moment that your cat starts getting overwhelmed. Set goals, go a little farther on the leash each day. When he’s walking around with his tail up, he’s ready to take the next step. Expect some setbacks. If your cat is afraid of something, redirect his attention to another area. Try not to pick up your cat, it erases his confidence.  Don’t take your cat to an area where there are lots of dogs. I won’t recommend walking a cat on a leash if you live in a heavily populated urban area.

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