Are you interested in learning how to train your cat to walk on a leash?
Getting into a harness and outside can be different for every cat. Make sure you are fully prepared with a leash, harness, and these tips to keep your kitten or cat comfortable and safe.
Keep reading to learn about the most effective tips on training your cat to walk on a leash.
The two things you will need to walk your cat are a leash and a harness. Make sure that they are comfortable and the appropriate size for your pet when purchasing. Since your kitten or cat must be content in their harness before walking outdoors, purchasing a cozy and well-fitted harness will speed up the training process.
You don’t want to use a cat collar in place of a harness. As you may learn while teaching your cat, they can become nervous and fidgety while outside leading them to pull on the leash. Cats are highly more likely to slip out of a collar than with a harness.
Successful leash and harness training begins with these steps. Make sure to master each step completely before moving to the next. Your cat will gain confidence walking on a leash, and both of you will become more comfortable over time.
If you feel at any time your cat is uncomfortable with the current step, go back one. It is much more beneficial for harness training if you let you cat tell you when they are ready.
All cats are different, and for this reason they all become acclimated with the outdoors in different ways. You may know from experience some cats are much more willing to run out the front door than others.
When you’re learning how to train your cat to walk on a leash, take as much time as both you and your kitty may need. All cats can react differently at various stages during training.
Most importantly: if you try to force harness training onto your cat too aggressively, you will lose. In fact, any force can erase all the steps you’ve taken thus far and lead you cat or kitten to distrust you. And we don’t want that!
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