Can you walk your cat on a leash
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Knowing that cats are very independent animals, very attached to their territory and hate constraints, walking them on a leash may seem strange. However, this is quite possible!
However, be aware that a walk with your cat is totally different from a dog's: you must equip yourself with the right equipment, respect a certain number of preconditions, and above all, be very patient by following the right method.
This article presents in the following everything you need to know about walking cats on a leash, some conditions to be met beforehand, as well as all the advantages that this brings.
Walk your cat on a leash: yes it is possible!
Yes, it is possible to walk your cat on a leash. However, what you need to know is that this is totally different from a walk on a leash with a dog. Indeed, during the walks the dog will follow you everywhere and go where you want, which is not the case of the cat.
As the cat is a very independent animal, it is rather he who will decide which places he wants to explore. As a result, walking a cat on a leash is a relatively delicate activity, which will require a lot of patience.
What you need to understand on the cat's walk
Before you engage in learning while walking your cat, it is important that you first know these few elements.
Cats are not dogs
Unlike dogs, cats are animals that are very afraid of external events, but also very territorial and very attached to unknown smells. They are very sensitive to the slightest change: any noise, smell or unusual experience will tend to terrorize or even traumatize them.
So when walking with your cat, don't expect him to chase you or go where you want, like a dog.
Similarly, to walk a cat you must use accessories adapted to cats, the collars are not adapted, the risk of strangulation is far too high, greatly prefer a vest or V harness for more comfort to the cat.
Walking can be stressful for the cat
Once out of its comfort zone, your little fur ball faithful to its safe territory can find itself in a very stressful state. Especially since the various elements he will encounter on the way will only amplify this stress. Factors external to his usual environment such as certain sounds, the sight of a dog or any other foreign animal will feed this stress and could make him want to fight or run away.
You must always be attentive to what is around you
I don't need to remind you that your little feline is a very fragile being. Thus, it is imperative to take care of what surrounds you during your short walk, both in a restricted environment such as the park and in a large space such as in the city.
Considering that anything can happen very quickly, the ideal would be to control where your cat puts his feet (paws) so that he doesn't get hurt.
Not all cats will accept the walk
Each cat has its own particularity, personality, modes of action, in short, is unique. So, if you have a cat that shows a taste for exploration and adventure, a great curious person, don't hesitate to make him discover the outside world (so that he can play on the grass, or put his claws on a real tree). However, if your cat is rather shy and does not like the idea of a walk, just give up the idea, do not force him.
In the end, what are the advantages for the cat?
In addition to allowing your cat to make new discoveries (broadening her knowledge of the outside world, coping with new sensations, overcoming fears), leash walking also offers her the opportunity to relax and strengthen her muscles by doing physical activity, thus improving her health. What our house cats often need.
Finally, note also that the walk is highly recommended for cats who like to run away from home. Because by nurturing her curiosity, she considerably limits her excessive desire to go out, and in turn the risk that she will lose herself or hurt herself outside when she leaves.