Getting Started - Collars, Leashes, & Harness Training
your kitten to think that
wearing a collar or harness is simply a part of life. A kitten that is
comfortable on the end of a leash can go more places safely
outside of the home.
Put the collar or harness on for the first time when the kitten
is already relaxed and hungry. Give praise, treats, and loving for the minute this new apparel is on.
Then, remove it and walk away. You want kitten to
remember that good stuff happens when the collar is on.
next step is getting kitten comfortable wearing the collar or
harness during meals.
In one to two weeks, the next step is attaching and holding a leash
as you follow your
kitten around the house. If you let the leash drag, the kitten
may attack it in play.
Don't risk your kitten getting out of the house and
away without proper identification. Keep a
break-away collar and ID tag on your kitten from day one.
Place a bell on the collar to help scare birds away to prevent your kitten from becoming a
Late Socialization: 9 to 16 weeks old
(2004). Feline Behavior Guidelines.
Unwanted pet behavior
is a leading cause of pet neglect, abuse, abandonment to
back yard jails, surrender to shelters, and euthanasia