When you have to have your pet restricted but a carrier isn't ideal, having
your cat leash trained can be very handy. Follow the steps below to painlessly get your cat used to
following your lead.
1. Purchase an adjustable, soft harness and leash. Collars aren't very good as your cat
can slip out of them or damage themselves trying to get away. A good harness pulls and leads from the
chest or back, not the throat. Begin to get your cat used to the item by leaving it near their bed or
other area where they are often.
2. Wait until dinner time and then slip the harness on your cat. Make sure that you can
easily fit two fingers beneath the bands that wrap around him or her and then go on to feed them dinner
and praise them. If they seem comfortable, allow the cat to continue wearing it for a while longer and
then remove it. Repeat this step for about a week, extending the length of time in the
3. Begin by attaching the leash to the harness and letting your cat walk around the house;
be sure you keep an eye out to make sure that your cat does not get stuck. Praise and reward at the end
of every session and repeat this step for a few days.
4. Pick up the leash and follow your cat around as they wander. Do not keep tension on the
5. Always ALWAYS reward with praise and treats. Repeat step four until the cat seems
comfortable, because the next step is where it can get tricky.
6. Before beginning the next step, REMEMBER! Leash training should remain fun and
enjoyable or your cat will resist and you will need to begin from the start.
7. Lightly tug the leash while calling your cat to come to you. Do not make this a game of
tug of war, if he won't come then simply stop until he relaxes again and start over. Consider using
treats as an additional encouragement.
8. Move outdoors and begin in your backyard. Make small trips and use treats and praise to
make this an enjoyable excursion. Do not force your cat to walk outside nor force them to follow you
around the yard. Repeat until your cat is comfortable walking with you around the yard. Remember to be
9. Once trips in the backyard are successful, you can begin to move outside. Remember!
Cars and trucks are noisy and frightening. Patience is the best way to get your cat comfortable and
confident for a walk on the sidewalk. Do Not Force your pet.
10. Congratulations! You now have a cat that will go out with you on walks. Is your cat an
exotic? Imagine how fun it will be when people see you and your large kitty wandering the streets. And
just so you know, it is always easier to train the second cat than the first!
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