by C. Markus on October 5th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Walking a cat on a leash may seem strange, and it’s not often seen… but why? For one, cats are not dogs! They can be very independent, fickle creatures, and they don’t understand leashes as well as dogs. It may be difficult to get your cat walking on a leash at first, but once they are taught and become accustomed to it, they will love it.
You may ask yourself, why go through all the hassle? Its simple cats need mental simulation. If your cat in an indoor cat chances are he is feeling anxious. Just like dogs, cats need to go outside and exercise. This will help with boredom, depression, anxiety, scratching problems and a host of other issues your cat may face. By walking your cat you can help him stay happy and healthy. Cats walk much slower than dogs, and can’t be taught to heel, so take it slow. Your cat will be walking with you in no time.
Here are some helpful tips to get your cat walking on a leash.
- Start young. Try to teach your cat to use a leash while young. The saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ applies to cats 10 fold!
- Use a harness. It’s tough to get your cat walking, so start with a harness, as this will be much more comfortable for the cat. It’s best to get the cat used to the harness before you take him outside.
- Never tug on the leash. As stated before, cats are not like dogs. They do not respond to yelling or tugging. If you yell and tug, your cat will associate it with walking.
- Give praise. Cats respond well to praise. Give him a reward when he is doing well, and try to look past any initial disobedience.
- Use short training periods. Cats have short attention spans, so it is best to start small. Take him out on the porch for starters.Performance Plus™ Promotes physical performance, concentration & energy