An owner responsible for a cat will know that teaching your animal to walk on a leash has great benefits in terms of safety.
With the danger of dogs, diseases, cars, and even other cats, taking your cat on a leash is an excellent way to ensure a happy and healthy future.
Teaching a cat to walk on a leash is very similar to training a dog. It takes time and patience.
When someone must deal with a rebellious, combative dog that does not submit to the leash, it usually perseveres until it succeeds in its purpose. It is known that, over time, the puppy will learn.
Strangely, there are many who give up as soon as the cat shows its lack of cooperation.
Remember the following: your cat can get used to using the leash. Your objective is to take the animal for a short distance and use the verbal command “walking”.
What you need to start the process: good luck and persistence. Remember to stay attached to the instructions and do not be discouraged.
Your cat (before eating)
A harness and a short strap
A specific verbal command. In this case, the word “walking”, preceded by the name of your cat “Winky, walking”.
A positive signal A short word with a positive connotation, like “Yes”.
A reward (your favorite food or your favorite pampering).
A spoon to hold the prize (you may want to tape the spoon to a stick or a wooden spike, so you do not have to bend over).
The training of your cat
Spend a week or two making the cat get used to the harness. Place it on the back of the cat when you feed it so that the animal develops a positive association with the harness. “Good things happen to me when I wear the harness,” he will think. Remember to use the positive signal when the cat is eating with the harness on.
Once your cat feels comfortable with the harness, you can proceed to add the leash. Just let it walk and drag the strap everywhere. Make sure you start training inside your house, so your cat has a sense of security.
Put the cat to your side and hold the leash.
Pronounce the command “
When he takes a step or two to the food, use the positive signal and say “Good boy”. Immediately give him his food in the form of a reward.
Repeat this pattern, each time taking one or two more steps, until your cat responds to the “Walking” command and moves forward when you do it. Remember to walk slowly and one step at a time.
Do not use these tricks outside the home until your cat feels comfortable with the harness and leash. When you go out, take it easy.
Allow the animal to explore the area in front of your house before venturing into the neighborhood. Although cats can be trained to walk in the same way as dogs, remember that they will not run by your side like a dog.
When you walk with your cat down the street, he will often want to stop and examine the world around him. Over time, he will begin to enjoy his harness and his leash.