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Although it is hard to believe you can train your cat to go on a walk
with you and explore the beautiful outdoor world. The beauty of this activity
is that your feline gets a change of environment. On top of that, it doesn't
have to face any risks that come with going outdoors by itself.
Before you start to train your cat, the first thing you need to do is
invest in a harness and a leash. While collars are convenient, the problem is
that the feline can escape from it quickly. There is also the issue that the
collar may choke the cat when it runs up a tree.
Harnesses, designed for felines, will ensure the whole experience is
safe and isn’t stressful for it. Make sure you follow the tips given below, to
train your cat and teach it how to go on a walk:
Take small steps
Don’t try to take your furry four-legged friend and go for a walk around
the neighborhood. Not
only is the experience stressful, but the new smells and sounds are
overwhelming for the cat.
You must start small so that the feline
can adjust itself to the new activity. Start the walk right outside your house,
as it is already familiar with this region. Once it becomes comfortable, you
can increase the distance it walks regularly.
Reward it for good behavior
When the cat doesn’t cause any problems
during the training process, you should give it some treats. Positive
reinforcement is essential, as the feline will associate going for walks with
Do keep in mind that your cat has a
short attention span, which is why you need to give the treats at the right
time. However, avoid overfeeding, as it defeats one of the health benefits that
come with going for a walk.
Visit quiet and low populated places
The problem with new sounds is that your
cat will view it as a potential threat. Since it is in an unknown environment,
it is going to cautious. Traffic sounds can scare your cat, making it harder to
keep it under control.
You should go to a quieter place, such
as a park. It becomes easier for the cat to make itself comfortable with the
environment. On a similar note, even other people and animals which approach
your cat can cause it to freak out. Due to this reason, the place you go to
should be empty relatively.
Keep in mind that you will experience
setbacks during the training process. Don’t give up, as one day, you and your
feline will be going for long walks. Make sure you follow the training tips
shown above, to get your cat ready for the world outside your household!