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Train a Cat to Walk While on a Leash? Yes You Can!


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Taking your cat for a walk is a good way for her to get experience the great outdoors without subjecting her to the dangers of cars, cat fights or infectious diseases that can be contracted through other cats. It's also a great way for her to get some exercise and burn some calories.

Teaching an adult cat to walk while on a leash can be a challenging and rewarding experience that requires time and patience. Here is a step-by-step process to help you and your cat get started:

  • Don't try this with a cat over 4 or 5 months of age unless she is extremely outgoing and confident. 
  • Purchase a cat harness. Make sure to get the right size harness for your cat's weight.
  • Place the harness on the cat, while rewarding her with small treats. Slowly increase the time the harness is on until she can wear it without worry or discomfort.
  • Then, clip a light leash to the harness. Let your cat walk around for a few minutes, dragging the leash. Then, pick up the end of it and follow her around the home. Let her guide you, and periodically reward her with a treat.
  • Next, take the cat out to a quiet yard, and let her explore while on a leash. Do so for a few minutes, and then go back inside. Each day, increase the duration of the walk, to a maximum of 10 minutes. Never take the pet into a busy environment such as a city street. The goal is to simply get her outside in a safe, controlled fashion.

Remember, this exercise is not for all cats. If your cat is young, outgoing, and well adjusted, a daily walk around the yard will be an enriching experience.

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