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Teach your cat to walk on a leash

Dogs aren't the only pets that enjoy walks outside. And they're not the only ones capable of walking on a leash. If you're wondering how your kitty would react to a harness, there's nothing easier than giving it a try. Check out our tips to make learning easier.


The environment in which we live is often not suitable for the free movement of our pets. Even in a fenced garden, clever cats can find a loophole through which they can get out into the street. But in today's hectic times, there is traffic where there might not have been before. Your cat could be in danger. For this reason, it's a good idea to keep your cat outdoors under supervision at the very least. However, if you would like to take a longer walk, we recommend trying a leash. But you can probably see that you're in for quite a challenge...

Choosing the right harness

Before you start the actual training, it's important to choose the right equipment. A safe harness with a good quality lead is essential. The harness must really fit your cat, not too loose but not too tight either. You can choose the right size by measuring the cat's neck and chest circumference and using these parameters as a guide. In terms of materials, the range is really wide. In pet supplies you can find baskets made of real and synthetic leather, nylon and cotton. According to some surveys, cats are best suited to pieces made of nylon, which provides comfort and safety at the same time. An undeniable bonus is the ease of maintenance - these harnesses can be easily washed in the washing machine.

Introduction of the harness

After you've purchased the leash harness, it's time to introduce your cat to these new items. This should be done in stages. Start by putting the aforementioned novelties in a place that your cat likes. This could be by her litter box or perhaps where she likes to nap. Your cat will sniff both things and become familiar with the new smells.

Put the cat's shags on

After scent familiarisation comes one of the hardest stages. Now carefully put the cat's headgear on her body, but don't fasten it at first. Try to distract her with her favourite yummy food, which will hopefully make her happy. After a while, take the harness off and praise her. Repeat this exercise, always leaving the leash on the cat a little longer. When the time comes to put the harness on, you will definitely know it. Once your cat is comfortable with this "outfit", you can adjust it to fit her perfectly.

Attach the leash

Once your little tigress is ready, you can attach the leash to the harness. Now try walking around the apartment with your cat, where she knows it perfectly and where she knows she is not in any danger. Distract her again with some yummy treats or her favourite toys. However, this is not the time to go outside. First, make sure your cat is comfortable and that her hair is tight enough that she won't slip out of it.

Try outside

When you're sure all is well, try taking your furry friend outside. But if the cat hasn't been out before, expect it to be very easily startled. It's best to walk her where it's safe and quiet - in the garden, backyard or quiet side street. Sit with her and let her slowly explore her new surroundings. Even now, you need to be patient and not push the training too far.

Enjoy your time together

Walking with your cat is a great way to give her a sense of freedom without putting her at risk. Plus, you'll keep her busy and fit. In the future, you'll be able to take your cat on outings and not just focus on your immediate surroundings. However, it's important to be patient throughout the training and not give up after the first failed attempt. This is the kind of thing that really takes a lot of time, but the end effect is worth it!


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