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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.
Did You Know?
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I just put it on and went outside, was a good walk my kitty enjoyed it, this video is BS as every cat is different. However my cat now wants to go outside all the time so if you plan to keep your cat indoors, dont go for walks
My cat always meows to go on the balcony and one time he jumped off and went under my house and it took forever to get him. He also loves watching the dog go outside and I sometimes carry him outside (until he starts to wiggle out of my arms) Plus we also brought him home wearing a harness and he didn’t mind it but the first time we brought him outside on a leash he escaped out of the harness and hid in a bush... I hope that someday we will be able to walk him.
She lets me put her harness on now and she's waddling around with the leash. The big problem with this is that I can't seem to get her to leave my room, still. She is still fat and still won't leave my room or get out from under the bed most of the time.
I just dragged my cat till he walked he learned in about one minute I wasn't stopping for him because I have a large boxerpit that ain't stopping for anything. Now three dogs and one cat go for walk everday
I adopted an indoors/outdoor cat who really wanted outside. The first few days after I got him home he wasn't allowed out but was crying all the time to go outside, and I remembered my mom's cat had a had a harness and leash the cat never took to. So I adjusted it for my new cat and brought him out to the yard and after a few minutes he got the hang of it. He took to it like magic. Now we go out every day a bit before sunset and he has a specific way he likes to go, and certain stops he likes to mark. He took to it like magic. Hell even go sit on his harness and meow if I'm late getting him out. All I have to do is follow him and keep the boundaries at my fence line by not letting him go further. He barely tries to cross it now unless we see a bunny. Working on training him to walk on the side of the street, but he's scared of cars so I pick him up when I see one coming and hug him tight as they pass. We've only made it to the end of the neighbors yard so far. I'm taking it slow untill he gets used to the idea.
My cat was immediately comfortable with a fully strapped fairly tight harness. i thought their was no way it would be able to get out. I had a few successful following it around outside sessions, but not much luck guiding it. Some days it would just roll around in the grass. One day I took it for a walk fairly successfully and decided to try to jog alongside the cat because it was in a hurry. The cat got quicker and quicker and eventually spooked and escaped a fully tight harness with not much effort. I was able to recapture the cat with some effort, but it could of ended badly for it. I was in a large field alongside a road with very few cars, but plenty of mean stray cats around and raccoons and other mean wilds. Imo either let your cat wander on it's own and be a tough cat, or keep it an indoor cat safe with as much attention it wants. I grew up in a house with very tough cats that wandered freely. My cat is a baby and would get destroyed by wilds. I knew an older indoor cat that exchanged owners and became an outdoor cat. It got blinded in one eye all tore up and half its tail eaten within the first month. No thanks, not for my kitty. Some cats have a hunter instinct more than others. My cat sees a cricket or grasshopper or hornet and gives it a little attention but has no attack mode. Some cats just aren't built that way. I roughhouse with my cat some but only 25% or less of the time it wants to play like that. My cat is mostly a lazy loner. Only wants like 5 mins of attention before it gets bored with you and chooses a spot to chill nearby. It's a thinner cat in good shape so idk...anyways if you made it this far enjoy the rest of your day...
I’m gonna need this information for when I move out of my parents’ house and take my cat with me. He’s an indoor-outdoor cat now, and needs both his inside *and* outside time.
(Inside time keeps him warm and safe, outside time keeps him sane)
It’s easy to let him outside now, ‘cause Mom and Dad’s house is in a rural area, and he has lots of space to run around. I’m kinda nervous to see how he’d react to apartment life when the time comes…
First of all, in most cases it is unlikely to take so much time for your cat to love this. So just give it a few tries.
Anyone know what kind of cat breed is in the video? It looks almost 100% like mine, and I would be very interested to know since I adopted mine.
Btw.... my cat does not care a single bit about collars or harnesses. Be they with bells or whatever, he is perfectly fine with me putting them on him. As a matter of fact if i put his collar with the adress on him he goes to the backyard, knowing i will let him go out alone. And surely soon if i put him in his harness, he will be waiting for me to take him for a walk outside his territory
Bought a harness. Going to give it a try. I know he wants to go outside becasue he tries to escape all the time. When he does get out he hides under the house. Hope it helps. I'm going in with heavy gloves on.
My cat only lets me put on the harness if she can drink milk at the same time. I always get a cup of milk and put in on rhe ground beacause then all she cares about is drinking the milk. after the harness and leash is on i put her on the road and i let her go wherever but sometimes i just want her to follow ME and stay on the road. and then when i take off the leash she runs in the house.
Long story short this is only the second day of having a leash and harness.
I wouldn't follow the steps in this video because (sorry if I sound rude) but they don't seem to know what they're talking about. Here's how I (somewhat) leash trained my older cat:
I put the harness on him and let him get used to it. Can you guess how long that took? About 10 minutes the very first time and now it's only a few minutes. Once he got used to it I put the leash on him and took him outside; even though he hated it he got used to it pretty quickly and started to walk around. When he tries to go into bushes or the road I just give the leash a tug and if he's persistent I pick him up and move him away. Cats aren't like dogs so I let him lead me, otherwise he'll try to get out of his harness and either start choking himself or actually get out and run off (it's happened a few times). Also, don't be surprised if your cat lays down for a bit and munches on some grass or sunbathes, just sit with him/her and pet them until they're ready to go.
Sorry again if I sounded rude, I just want people to know it doesn't take that long to walk a cat.
My cat got use to the harness super quick. I fully put it on to see what he would do and he tried to bite it at first then ran around trying to get it off but like 5 minutes later was totally chill with it and just went about his day with it on. (I left it on so he could get used to it since he was fine with it very quickly I didn't see a need to go threw a bunch of unessessary steps)
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
"Should we put in the same effort to training and socialising cats as we do dogs? If we do what would be the outcome?" I tested this theory and you can see the results yourself over 7 months... https://www.facebook.com/adventure.catsultant/videos/290478464891716/ (1:30 video)
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.
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