Many cats do not have the opportunity to roam outside in order to freely explore their territory. This may be due to the fact that you live in an apartment or near a dangerous road (this is my case). And even if they can be very happy indoors thanks to cat trees, hiding places, scratching posts, observation posts, or even a plethora of toys, the fact remains that most cats appreciate discover the outside world which is then an inexhaustible source of entertainment. Moreover, it is not uncommon to be confronted with a runaway animal. To remedy this, why not opt for a walk on a leash?
If you still want your cat to be able to roam safely, it is possible to use a leash and harness. Be careful, however, to choose a place and a time conducive to the walk.
It is advisable to get your cat used to it at an early age because it will be easier for him to get used to it. If your cat is an adult, don't panic. Admittedly, the learning process may take a little longer, but I would tend to say that patience and length of time do more than strength or rage". La Fontaine comes out of this body: DD
Here are 5 tips that could help you acclimatize your furry friend to the harness. If, however, after having tested all these little tricks, your cat is still reluctant to wear a harness, it is better to leave him alone and give up the idea of walking him on a leash.
- Getting used to it from an early age
It is always easier to inculcate the principles of education in a kitten than in an adult cat. Indeed, a kitten is eager to learn and explore the world, which will be very easy to get him used to wearing the harness. However, it's never too late if you want to get your adult cat used to the harness. He will certainly be reluctant to have this new accessory around his body, but with patience and with the tips that will follow, your cat will gradually accept his harness over the days.
- Choose a harness adapted to the morphology of your cat
The harness must be adjusted to your cat's morphology to prevent him from managing to remove it and/or from being hampered in his movements. To do this, do not hesitate to measure his neck circumference and his chest circumference behind the front legs. To know if the harness is comfortable and not too loose, you must be able to pass 2 fingers between it and your cat. Once put on, your cat should not be restricted in its movements.
- Praise and stroke your cat
As a first step and so that the situation is perceived positively by your animal, make him sniff the object while stroking it. Then, when you equip your cat, don't hesitate to keep petting and talking to it. You can also give him his favorite treat during this observation time just before removing the harness. This will help him understand the link between the object and the reward and thus what you expect from him. A few minutes a day are enough at first and then gradually increase the wearing time. Once the harness is tolerated by your loulou, you will be able to take him outside.
- Choose a quiet place
First, I advise you to take your cat out to a calm and secure place, free from elements that could be stressful for him. What we did when we lived in an apartment was that we took Racùn for a walk in the neighboring housing estate, far from the main roads. Often, moreover, it was an opportunity to meet other cats. Be careful, however, of the animals that your cat may encounter on its way. Dogs or even horses can frighten your cat and panic it. For the time of the walk, a few minutes are enough at the beginning, then you will be able to increase the time of exit. Always think of taking acat carrier backpackwith you so that your cat can rest and/or hide there.
- Be patient
Everything comes at the right time to those who know how to wait. In other words, learning how to hold a leash can take a long time. It is also possible that your cat simply remains seated or does not move forward because he preferred to sniff the vegetation. In this case, don't suddenly pull on the leash and get on your side. Do not forget that it is also his walk and that he has the right to be tired, to take the time or even not to want to walk.