Where to begin?
your cat get use to wearing a nylon harness
or collar first. Your first adventure begins with meandering around the house. Once
your cat is comfortable and calm ignoring the
collar or harness, it is time to attach a soft, light nylon leash and let
your cat drag it through the house.
leash training before feeding
and use food as a distraction. Always supervise
your cat closely in case the leash catches on something.
You want to avoid any negative
experience when your cat is on
decide to take your cat
outside, go out at the same
time every day. This routine
helps prevent your from
begging for kitty adventures
throughout the day or night.
Slow but sure...
Attach the leash before feeding
your cat and lure your cat
around the house with the food
bowl in hand. Stop and
offer bites to keep your cat's
interest in this new exercise. After a few minutes put the food down in the normal feeding area and remove the leash.
Repeat this exercise for one
week or until your cat follows you around
the house for food unconcerned
about the attached leash. Try to
increase the time your cat
spends on leash daily. Any time
your cat shows resistance,
ignore this behavior but make a
note to progress more slowly.
You are almost ready for the
first paw outdoors.
- release - praise
Now attach the leash before feeding time, hold on to the food bowl and
lead your cat around the house,
only now gentle add a little
resistance on the leash. Any
time your cat backs up or turns
toward you in response, put the
food down and praise.
Your cat will learn a gentle tug
is your way of communicating,
"We are going this way." You will soon be in control of where
your two go. Repeat this process over and over until
your cat understands and is very
comfortable with this new way to
gain rewards and affection.
Never jerk, pull,
drag or do anything that
gives your cat a bad feeling
about being on leash.
Never jerk, pull,
drag or do anything that gives
your cat a bad feeling about
being on leash. Your goal is to
build trust and comfort in this
new exercise of cooperation. You
do not want to discourage your
cat or risk causing your cat
Leash = treats
You want your cat to associate
being on leash with getting
treats and having fun
experiences with you. When your
cat is on leash, say lots of, "goooood
kitty-kitty" and offer periodic
When can I take
my cat outside on leash?
Once your cat is comfortable
walking on leash indoors, you
can try a short adventure out
doors in a safe area such as
Keep the first few trips outside short and positive. Make sure
your cat is hungry. Coax
your cat into this new area by offering
tasty treats. ay simply sit in one place and look around. Allow
your cat to explore the yard. Be
close and keep your cat out of trouble.
Your goal is to protect your cat
from any loose dogs or other
sources of potential harm or
panic. Always be prepared to pick
you your cat at a moments notice.