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Give your indoor cat quality time outside by going for a walk.
Step 1: Use a harness and leash
Use a small, H-type harness that fits the cat, and a cotton or nylon leash. A harness fits if you can barely get a finger between the cat and the harness.
Step 2: Get the cat used to the harness
Get the cat used to the harness by putting it on them without buckling it.
Put the harness on the cat during playtime when the cat is more likely to be comfortable.
Step 3: Reward the cat
Reward your cat with plenty of treats and affection. Petting your cat during your training sessions will help your feline friend associate the harness with positive feelings.
Step 4: Buckle one loop
Continue putting the harness on the cat each day until the cat ignores it. After that, you can buckle one of the harness's loops for 30 seconds.
Step 5: Build up to three loops
Build up to buckling the entire harness, one loop at a time. The process can take several months. Once your cat is comfortable with the harness completely buckled, let them walk around while wearing it.
Step 6: Add the leash
Add the leash when your cat is comfortable with the harness. Let them walk around with the leash for as long as it takes to get used to it.
Step 7: Go for practice walks
Go for practice walks around the house for a few days.
Step 8: Go for the first walk
Go for a walk when your cat is used to you holding the leash. Let them lead you on the first few walks. Bring treats along for encouragement.
Make sure it is quiet outside when you go for your walk. You don't want your cat to get spooked.
[Tug the leash lightly] Tug the leash lightly to lead the cat on subsequent walks.
Step 10: Be patient
Be patient. Teaching a cat to walk on a leash takes time. Take the training process day by day, moving on to each step only when your cat is ready.
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I taught my cats to walk on a leash and I can take them anywhere in the pet stroller (open, leashed in). But don't use those cheap harnesses, spend $40 and buy a walking jacket. The jackets are so much more secure. It does not take as long as it seems in the video, walk them around the house and then in your yard. But the stroller lets them be outside and get used to the outside noises before you take them in the neighborhood. Use the dog training techniques: cat on the left, don't let them pull, relaxed leash, etc. Good luck to those who try!
My 6 year old cat had a surgery and he had to wear that lamp collar for two weeks, but he was used to peeing and pooping outside and at the same time the vet told us he can't be without the lamp collar because he can pull out his stitches - the surgery was quite serious and he could die, he got badly bit by a huge dog. So I had no choice but to teach him how to use the leash because he absolutely refused to use the litter box. The first time he got out of the leash because the harness wasn't tight enough, but after 3 days he was using it just fine and wasn't protesting anymore because he knew that wearing the harness and the leash meant going outside and he was really happy about that :D So I don't know. I believe it IS better to give your cat more time to adjust, but I'm not sure if you need that long to do it xD
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I think my cat will really hate the leash but will like the fact that she's going outside. Whenever my mom leaves the window open since she's cooking my cat sits by the open window and looks outside. However, I don't know what leash to get her...a medium or small?
My cat loves outside but he is very smart and easily takes off the H harness by rolling on his side and biting it and can get out in seconds, he also runs and is very brave that nearly got himself run Over by a car , I tried other harnesses but he can escape those too, he also is comfortable with them inside and won’t take them off in the house, what should I do
I did all of that on day one, including the walk. She started associating the harness with going outside by day two, which just goes to show how smart those animals are. It's been 2 weeks and Cookie walks like a pro now.
When I take out the harness she gets so excited and runs to wait for me at the door haha.... Didn't even use one single treat, just talking to her in a loving voice and petting her every time she does something right.
Especially when we walk at night when it's quiet and there are no cars, it makes her soooo happy. :)
It doesn't take months, only if the training was done really bad. It takes around 1-3 days, max. 1 week for really sensitive cats. (Except the cat is highly people-aggressive/fearful or feral & doesn't even let anyone pet it...) I trained my 2 cats & couple of others from other owners, different ages & character.
This video is a bad example for harness-train a cat, no surprise they say it takes months. Stuffing the cat's head into the harness, holding/forcing it, not enough redirection with food, ignoring the cat's body-language of discomfort & still moving forward and they even say to pull on the leash later...overall bad tips.
I trained my cats to follow me outside from the first walk, without pulling the leash of course. (calling, treats, way longer leash etc.) The result is, that they follow me even off-leash (in nature) just like well-trained dogs. We go on walks for 9 years & they are off-leash 95% and never walked off.
Remember that it depends on your cat, and some cats just won't go on walks like this. My cat loves walks and learned within a matter of days. My mom's cat was taught the same way and refuses to even wear the harness. Not all cats are the same.
A "house cat" has the same instinct a tiger does, imagine a race of giant humans that keep tigers as indoor tigers forever, or walked them only on a leash never giving them freedom... Very sad what humans do to powerful animals :/
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after I wiped the dribble from my face from laughing at all your comments, I'll add mine.
buy harness that is a suitable fit. put it on.
wait 30 min. take it off. repeat. 2 x/day for 1-5 days depending on you cat.
then attach leash and bring your friend out side.
each animal is different and where you live is unique.
I would NOT try this somewhere with urban traffic or too much noise.
I would Only try this on a calm street to get acclimated. Noise will only confuse and distract both you and your pet.
Use your intuition. Use your judgement. Be patient.
Try for 15 min. for a few days and stay CLOSE (within 40") to home.
If after 1-2 weeks your fur friend still won't deal with the leash, get over it.
Not all cats are that way and it really depends on them and you and the relationship that exists between the 2.
Wishing you all success!
Ours was trained from a (stray) young cat that learned to trust on her terms and I trained her from prompts I learned from my mother that learned from her grand mother and her farm cats.
Said Korane+ Not necessarily, as long as 2 fingers fit between cat & harness it's fine. Most cats fall over (or do some kind of avoiding behavior like walking backwards etc.), when getting a harness on, regardless how loose it is.
Oh no, this is so way ... laughable
I just put stuff on my kitty when she's almost asleep
And then I pull the laser.
And then the day we go outside I sew a lead to the shirt and put it on her BY THE DOOR, and if she at first says no I push the door open a bit so she knows that's the deal.
Also, treats and I always let her lead.
Cats arent like dogs if you put a leash on a collar and tug it, it could damage their neck
Of course putting just a normal collar without a leash is fine as you're not tugging it but just for identification
People whose cats are dying to go outside but they dont have a backyard with a giant fence and they dnt want to let the cat out by himself cuz chances are it will get lost, die, fight another animal or w.e...
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