Ok, so many years ago I had two cats who I took out on a leash a few times. It actually worked out well, but I wish I had prepared better and that’s what this video is about.
First, let’s talk about safety. Your cat does need to be up to date on vaccinations and of course it’s always a good idea to have your cat microchipped.
We never want to think about the worst case scenario, but it’s better to prepare unnecessarily than be unprepared.
Acclimating your cat to the harness and leash can take some time. The earlier you start them, the easier it will be for them to become used to the harness and leash. But that soesn’t mean your adult cat won’t get used to it, they certainly can!
Place the harness and leash in the same room with your cat, but don’t put them on your cat.
Once your cat is comfortable with the new items being in the same room, you can begin to hold them near her and use treats to build a positive association.
Don’t move faster than your cat is comfortable with. If she freaks out, take a step back and give her space.
Eventually you will be able to place the harness on her, still using treats to build positive associations.
And then attaching the leash will be your next step. Just let you cat become comfortable wearing the harness and leash, all the while giving treats.
Use a line of treats to have your cat walk in the leash inside of the house first.
Eventually, you will be able to go to the door, then walk out the door, then walk down the driveway, then down the street.
Use lots of love and treats and never try to push your cat farther than they are comfortable with.
If your cat takes to the harness and leash, enjoy your time outside and let her roll in the grass and chase butterflies.
If your cat never takes to the harness and leash, that’s ok too. You can always bring the outdoors to her inside where she is more comfortable.
It’s always worth a try!