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How to Teach a Cat to Walk on a Leash

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sanity now (12 hours ago)
A couple of months! Ain't nobody got time for that
Johnny Laroux (6 days ago)
they just selling Cat TREATS to the human Slaves
karra spradlin (9 days ago)
Our cat loves walking on a leash.
framar601 (11 days ago)
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
Jenny is a lenny (18 days ago)
*i want to take my cat out rn, my cat already adapted and it took 10 mins. Here’s how : i just let her walk around the house with the collar for 10 mins and then she got adapted. lol*
O W O (22 days ago)
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.
William Stark (24 days ago)
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.
Qwerty (1 month ago)
My cat freezes up when I put the harness on 😕
Alka Dubey (1 month ago)
Which breed is this?
Kierra Hi (1 month ago)
What if my cat hates me and runs away from me everytime I get the leash and harness?
SanDiegoArcade (1 month ago)
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
Rose Clarity (1 month ago)
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.
Sevkips Memestar (1 month ago)
My cat tells me it’s degrading
Rainn Wilson ASMR (2 months ago)
kayelleah (2 months ago)
i was gonna train my cat to walk on a leash as a joke but now i'm having second thoughts and i already ordered the harness
Katherine (2 months ago)
I guess it depends on the cat...didn't take several months
Emily Hatch (2 months ago)
But... now my cat wants to bolt outside w/ out the harness when the front door is open...
Grace Heather (2 months ago)
That is one well behaved catto
Y Beast (3 months ago)
CANTSiR (3 months ago)
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...
It’s Cody (3 months ago)
I followed the steps to give my cat a lot of treats and then he puked out blood
xsimplysarahx (3 months ago)
Harnesses don’t fit my cat because she’s too fat...
Itzneas (3 months ago)
I tried this with my cat and he just sat there refusing to move and would only do if I took it off
You don’t.
Ashley Smith (3 months ago)
my cat dont eat treats 🤨
Ayzoolz (3 months ago)
I just started walking my cat the day of getting a leash and harness and he's fine and did it all on his own. I used a laser to encourage him and catnip
Sockies Vlogs (3 months ago)
Why can’t I just put the leash and harness on him and just walk him I mean it’s not hard.
lofi라라 (3 months ago)
lmao wtf I just bought my cat a leash and put it straight on him and he didnt mind. (hes around 8 months old)
TheMasked Killer (4 months ago)
What about outdoor cats? My cats never been on a leash nor a collar
Imogen (4 months ago)
it’s early autumn so i just take my cat out at like 10 pm and sit on the concrete with him cuz it’s dark but it’s still warm, that’s how i’m adjusting him to it
Izzy Artsy (4 months ago)
When I put the harness on my cat for the first time she didn’t care ehheehhe
Iridescent Aurora (4 months ago)
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…
Lightening3034 (4 months ago)
Tried this once, it was like sticking my hand in a garbage disposal
Avara (4 months ago)
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
Andrea Gonzalez (5 months ago)
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.
Jeffrey Conner (5 months ago)
Month's!!! My cat was down with it as soon as he figured it meant he could go outside with me . Total time 3 day's...
Noob (5 months ago)
Several months fr this? I guess im a cat i have no patience for this
Chaos Seeker (5 months ago)
She deadass took the harness off before I got 5 seconds into the video.
Pikachu_the _weird_cat (5 months ago)
I have a everything at my home when we go to the vet sometimes... should I try to go on a walk with her?
Fuzzy Turtles (5 months ago)
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.
Elisa Films (5 months ago)
My cat just rolls on the ground and starts biting the leash...
2EpicProductions (6 months ago)
Put the leash on the damn cat and call it a day
Whitney Meidlinger (6 months ago)
I tried to do this, growling and hisses the whole time.
chickenalpaca03 (6 months ago)
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.
BrightMoon 357 (6 months ago)
my cat got used to the harness in a week
Ian Hall (6 months ago)
What do you do for a cat that has no interest in treats?
Skyes thelimit (7 months ago)
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)
Arianna Montez (7 months ago)
Just started her training~ she loves it
The Adventure Insider (7 months ago)
My cat is among the 20%. Just adopted him on 7 December from Greece when I was there, expected to come home in about a month.
Dolly Perez (7 months ago)
We just adopted our little Sabrina ♥️ training her to be an active cat that's used to go out ☺️☺️ wish me luck 😂
A Certain Anime Index (7 months ago)
Or train it as a kitten so it thinks it's normal
Cindy Catmaster (8 months ago)
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!
jamrockprincess (8 months ago)
What store can you buy patience from?!
Yo Mama (8 months ago)
Step one put the leash on, step two never remove and make your cat deal with it, after a couple of days your cat will get used to it
@rich people
2M 1 (8 months ago)
Will my cat always want to go outside?
INARI OKAMI (8 months ago)
By time the cats used to the harness it's going to die of old age.
Kristinapedia (8 months ago)
No matter how many time I put the harness on my cat she walked around all hunched down. And is still waking that way with the leash. Why do no videos show this?
Kristinapedia (8 months ago)
My cat doesn’t eat treats either. She eats NOTHING but cat food. I even gave her raw chicken— nope. Sniffed and walked away. She’s crazy. Lol
milkyelixir (8 months ago)
Lol I trained my cat to use a leash in an hour
Nightshade Tarot (9 months ago)
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
J Lei (9 months ago)
My cat will probably hate he harness, but as soons as we step outside he will forget about everything. He loves being outside, but i don't trust him cause hes a trouble maker.
Lucy The Talking Dog (10 months ago)
@HowCast how do you train a cat on a harness that's an escape artist my cat will slip out of any harness and escape
Adventure Catsultant (10 months ago)
"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)
DEATHMETALDUDE 666 (10 months ago)
Step 9... get a dog
TheOcelotGirl (11 months ago)
My cats fine with the harness, but gets scared when i go in the hall way outside my apartment...
TaylorAnd Graphite (11 months ago)
Spuriously_ (11 months ago)
Whats up with that fun fact at the end?
hairstyles 4dolls (11 months ago)
I found mine in the street she was pregnat and about to dye of hunger😭😢
Marci LK (11 months ago)
How do I get him to stop eating grass and actually walk? All he wants to do is eat grass.
Indigo Child (1 year ago)
I'm just gonna put a collar on him and go for a walk. This is so extra.
Kirsten Oldale (1 year ago)
my cat did the harness on and all the buckles in his first session...I was pleasantly surprised !!
Thaief Ahmed (1 year ago)
just put the harness and drag him out of the house.
Sarah Foy (1 year ago)
I just put the harness on my kitten he did not notice and the leash part
Axipsy (1 year ago)
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?
Halfmoon Fullmoon (1 year ago)
It's going to be fun training my 7-year-old once-stray cat to walk on a leash (and come to me when I want him to as tugging the lead only causes him to pull harder.)
Popthiccle (1 year ago)
thanks for ending on a bad note!
andy.tv (1 year ago)
What about getting them used to cars/dogs my cat is perfectly fine until a dog or car shows up and spazzes out.
Fat_ducc (1 year ago)
I got my cat a dog harness
Mohamed Shams (1 year ago)
Where do I buy patience
NatNPR (1 year ago)
Howtobasic is the meme of howcast
saintpsu (1 year ago)
Several months? OK, come with me if you want to live, Caty! NOW!
Joahanna Luna (1 year ago)
That looks like my cat except that cat has a lot of orange-ish brown
Random Stranger (1 year ago)
My cat will start rolling like crazy and wont take the treat unless you take it off
Kayla MacGillivray (1 year ago)
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
Grace Su (1 year ago)
He was freaking trying this climb up to a wall of someone’s backyard with me holding the leash...
Captain Cairo (1 year ago)
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. :)
Simba Cat (1 year ago)
I'm training my cat
woooudo (1 year ago)
What, Do you do, For kittens, Why is it you people, Make it so, Hard, To find this out.
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.
Lyne Westbrook (1 year ago)
cats were met to walk free......
Lyne Westbrook (1 year ago)
is this effective for all breeds of cats? This may be difficult for cats that have been use to being a "stray" or feral cat.
Arun Madhusudan (1 year ago)
Which cat breed is that?
Hafiz Jamshidi (1 year ago)
Several months gurl ain’t nobody got time for that😂👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
AnimePabu (1 year ago)
My cat loves going out side so I’ve been putting the harness on when we are out teaching her that she gets to go outside when her harness is on but she just then lays down....;-; rip
You need to redirect the cat with food. Don't do it like in this video, they are forcing the cat & just stuffing the harness over the head etc. On my channel I have a tutorial how to do it properly.
PenguinxII G (1 year ago)
I don’t walk my cat My cat walks me
PostersGaming (1 year ago)
Months is extremely excessive
Alexandra Holloway (1 year ago)
Your the BEST my cat ethel keeps stopping!
T3R3Z1 PYROP3 (1 year ago)
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.
roblox with ally (1 year ago)
My cat is to scared to leave the door...
Sam Daniele (1 year ago)
Oh come on!?... I just wanted 2 kno the quickest easiest non fuss way to get it on... I haven't got months to waited , I got a sick cat that needs some sunlight today

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