Animals/ Pets

How to Train a Cat to Walk on a Leash

Are you sick of leaving Fluffy at home when you are out on your adventures? In addition to keeping your cat in a cat’s backpack, stroller or carrying case leashes are the best option to keep them close to your side when you leave the house. It’s possible to ask what happens when a cat is taught to walk on a leash. Although the answer is yes, it’s essential to recognize that some cats aren’t well-suited to the outdoors, and it’s not a good idea to force your cat to walk to a place where they’re uncomfortable.

Picking the right collar or harness for training your cat on a leash

Leash training for cats differs from training for dogs which requires different tools. Use products specifically designed for cats. Using a harness for dogs or a chain or flexi-type leash is not recommended. Ensure you carry plenty of snacks for your cat for their efforts! It’s important to understand that walking your pet on a leash isn’t an easy walk initially, but practicing makes perfect!

Picking your harness

The harness should be snug but not too tight. The general rule is enough to squeeze an inch or two of your finger beneath the harness. Once you’ve got the correct equipment, you can start teaching your cat to accompany you on various outdoor adventures.

Leash training

Introduce your cat to the harness

Try your cat on the harness with no leash. The secret to getting your cat’s attention is to create an enjoyable experience. This means that they make a connection with food. Start by putting the harness near the cat’s food bowl or laying out the harness for your cat to explore, and then give them a tasty reward.

New noises can be frightening to timid cats, so you should try snapping the harness or tearing the Velcro to help your cat get familiar with the new sound. Once your cat is conscious that they are wearing a harness, slide it over its head; don’t tighten it.

Repeat the process by gradually increasing the length of time that the harness is put on.

Second step: Make your catwalk comfortably on a lead without tension inside

You can attach the leash once your cat is settled with the harness. Let your cat wander around while you watch closely with the leash dangling loosely. After a couple of minutes, take off the harness and leash. Repeat this procedure for a few days until your cat is comfortable and walking freely.

Make your cat feel comfortable walking on a leash with tension inside

While watching your cat closely, allow them to follow the leash as they move about your home. This lets your cat feel at ease with a tiny amount of tension on the leash. Don’t leave a leash or harness with an unsupervised cat.

Take your cat on an indoor stroll

Attach the harness and leash to your cat; when they’ve walked some distance, you can gently lead your cat in the opposite direction. Give your cat sweets when they follow your lead or walk by themselves.

Venture outside

Pick a day of dry weather and good conditions for your first time out. Begin with walking the cat up to the door, then opening the door and encouraging the cat to get out. You could throw a treat outside the doorway to get your cat outside. When your cat’s expression suggests they are afraid or nervous, do not insist on him going out. Instead, take a break for the day and try to do it again later. Bring treats to your cat whenever you are you go out. Make sure to limit your time outdoors to a couple of minutes to ensure that it ends positively!