How to get your feline friend to walk on a leash

Is using a leash to walk a cat acceptable? or How do I get my cat to like walking on a leash? Although cat collar training may seem like a bizarre concept to some, many cat owners are coming around to the idea due to the advantages it offers. Leash training offers a secure option for an indoor cat to get some fresh air and explore the outside if you're living one indoors. It would also be simpler to travel or see the vet with a cat that has been trained to walk on a leash. Taking frequent walks with your cat gives limitless opportunities for bonding in addition to health and practical advantages. A leash also reduces the likelihood of getting lost, which is especially helpful in parks.

Leash Training

1 - Prepare your cat to wear the harness inside.


Without the leash, put the harness around your cat. While the harness is still on, give him a few treats, and then slowly remove the harness. Do not provide rewards while the harness is off; only give them when it is on. Continue doing this while progressively extending the time your cat wears the harness.

2 - Introduce your cat to tension-free leash walking inside.


Put the leash on the harness once your cat is at ease wearing it. Start by letting your cat roam free as you follow them while keeping the leash slack. After a little while, take off the collar and leash and keep going till your cat is at ease and can walk without assistance.

3 - Prepare your cat for leash stress indoors.


Allow your cat to freely roam your home while you watch, dragging the leash behind them. This will enable your cat to adjust to and feel at ease with a little leash strain. Always keep an eye on this, and never let a cat run loose while wearing a leash or harness.

4 - Take a cat walk indoors.


Wear the leash and harness, then follow your cat to Step 2. Try to gently bring your cat in a different direction after it has already taken a short walk. To lure your cat, use treats that you either drop on the ground or hold in your fingers. If you need to, praise your cat for moving. If your cat walks independently, congratulate him and give him treats.

5 - Walk outside.


Start by leading your cat towards the door, opening it, and telling him to go outdoors on a dry, warm day. You can aid in this by luring your cat with a treat that is thrown a foot beyond the door. Don't push your cat outside if he seems scared or hesitant. Instead, give up and give it another shot the next day. When going outside, be sure to have snacks for your cat. Limit your time outdoors to a few beautiful minutes. In terms of training, it is more preferable to end on a high note than a low one.

6 - Ensure the safety of your cat.


Cats who spend time outside have a higher risk of contracting parasites, including ticks, fleas, sluggishness, and other diseases. To ensure that your cat is protected and secure when spending time outside, talk about preventative measures with your veterinarian. When you're outside, avoid situations where your cat can be startled, such as busy streets and barking dogs. Even if a cat has been taught to stroll on a leash, certain circumstances could frighten it and make it fear going on future walks.

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