Walking your cat is becoming more and more popular right her in the Lilac City of Spokane; still many people wonder how they can train their cat to accept a leash, let alone walk with one. It’s really quite simple and it does work.
Acquire a harness that is intended to pull from the chest and not the throat. A harness is superior to a collar because if correctly fitted, it will provide less chance for your feline to wriggle out of. You should be able to slip two fingers in between the harness and the cat. If it is too loose, the darling, little escape artist will be out of it in a matter of seconds. The leash should be lightweight, removable and have a clip that closes firmly. Figure-eight style harnesses are not recommended, because these can pinch your cat and make the harness painful. The favored style should be an “H-style” design, with two independently modifiable loops connected by a third piece of material.
Let your cat get used to the harness and leash by leaving them both near his/her favorite sleeping place for a few days. The training process starts in the home. Prior to placing the harness on the cat, prepare your feline’s favorite meal–something so scrumptious that it makes him/her forget about everything else. Without delay, after placing the harness on him/her put the food in front of him/her. Praise your feline plentifully. After kitty is finished eating, let him/her walk around for awhile. Sidetrack him/her with toys if he/she seems melancholic with the harness. Once he/she is clearly relaxed, the harness can be taken off.
Link the leash to the harness. Don’t try to walk your cat at this point, just allow him/her a chance to walk as he/she pleasures, dragging the leash behind.. Always oversee these sessions in the event the leash gets caught on something. Most cats will accept the addition of the leash eagerly, but if yours becomes frantic, deflect his/her attention, as before. Encourage your feline to walk, and when he/she does, shower him/her with congratulates. Keep these daily training sessions brief and affirmative.
Once your cat is comfortable with the harness and leash, pick up the leash and hike around the house behind him/her, being careful to keep the lead loose. At this point you do not want to limit the cat’s movement, just let him/her get used to having you following behind. Practice this exercise for a few days.
After this, its time to teach your feline travel where you want him/her to go; sing a pleasant, soprano-style voice, persuade him/her to follow you. Kittens have a natural follow-Mom-Dad reaction. Don’t expect him/her to walk like a dog. Let your feline meander from side to side within the confines of the length of the leash, but do not veer off your preset course. When the cat feels resistance, kitty will either walk in your direction, or simply lie down. Persistence and patience are the key words here. Do not ever-ever pull or jerk the lead to drive your cat back in line. One ghastly experience may turn your cat against leash training forever.
After your feline is walking happily on the leash inside, you can introduce him/her to the outdoors. It may be best to just sit with Kitty on the stoop outside for the first few times… Let him/her become used to the sounds and sights of this new, unexplored-before and quite frightening world. You’ll know when your cat has adapted to new surroundings… He/she will look stress-free, tense tail twitching will cease, and he/she will show an interest in exploring. Let him/her, of course. . Now find a placid location that will present as few scary elements as possible and follow the same method you used to familiarize your feline to walking on a leash indoors. Never leave him/her outside unattended.
Now your kitty can join you for walks around the neighborhood, at picnics, window shopping and more. Adventures away from home will also be easier for you and less harrowing for your cat. Put it off no more. You can walk your cat too.