Is it possible to walk a cat on a leash: what experts say about it

By Jurassic JennMay 4, 2024 18:37 PMAnimals
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Is it possible to walk a cat on a leash
Is it possible to walk a cat on a leash. Source: www.preventivevet.com

Some people think that a cat can be walked outside without any reservations, just like a dog. But cat owners know that it is difficult to make these animals, who are used to walking on their own, obey their owners unconditionally, even if they are walked on a leash. This was reported by SSPDaily.

Although animal psychologists are increasingly saying that walking a cat on a leash causes stress in the animal, veterinarians do not have a single opinion on this issue. It is generally believed that the street is full of health and life risks for cats.

In this case, the leash allows you to walk the cat without the risk of it running away and getting lost, without threatening its physical health. But at the same time, walking with restricted freedom can cause stress in a cat.

To avoid this, the cat needs to be accustomed to the leash, and then to the walks themselves.

How to teach a cat to leash and walk outside

In no case should you put the leash directly on the neck. Cats have much weaker neck muscles than dogs. The only way out is a harness that needs to be chosen in the exact size.

  • To get your cat used to the leash, first, just put the harness near the place where the cat is most often so that it gets used to its smell.
  • The next step is to start putting it on your cat for a few minutes every day and stimulate the cat with a game or treat. You should take the harness off during play or treats, so the cat will associate the harness with something positive.

When the cat gets used to the harness and is not nervous, you can attach the leash and walk around the apartment. Never pull the cat. If you pull your cat against its will, it will never go anywhere with you again.

What you need to do to walk your cat outside on a leash

Be sure to get your cat vaccinated in advance against various diseases that he or she may pick up on the street.

Before going out, treat your cat's coat for fleas, ticks, and worms.

It is very desirable to hang a pendant with your address and phone number on the cat (on a collar or harness) - if the cat runs away, it can be returned.

What cats should not be walked

You should not drag a weakened animal outside, especially if the cat is sick, pregnant, or has recently given birth.

You should not walk unvaccinated kittens, unsterilized pets, or elderly cats.

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