(Closed) Question for cat owners.

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ooooh, what a sweet boy. I love gray tuxies! He looks so much like my old kitty! Sigh.

Unfortunately, I have no advice on the leash-training, although I know it can be done. My cat just skulked around trying to get the harness off whenever I put it on him. And when I put a leash on, he just kept creeping under things and getting tangled up. Cats. They’re fun.

My current cat is lucky because we have a screened in sunroom at the back of the house. He loves it out there because he can watch the birds and squirrels in the backyard.

Post # 4
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve never done it, but I know two people who lease-walk their kitties in our townhouse development. Not sure how they did the training…my neighbor next door walks her orange kitty every night on a leash and he loves it. I think it’s something you would just have to do gradually..maybe put the collar and leash on only a few minutes at a time (and use cat treats if that’ll help?) and gradually increase the time he is leashed? He’s a cutie!!! So glad you rescued him. 🙂

Post # 5
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Get a cat harness– they can probably slip out of a dog one. You can find them in most cat collar sections of a pet store.

Put it on him one day WHILE YOU’RE HOME to keep an eye on him. He may not move for a long, long time, haha– it feels like being scruffed, so a lot of cats just freeze at first. Eventually, he’ll figure it out and start slinking around the house, and then walking and then hopefully he’ll act normal. Try and keep him in an open area where you can watch him– i.e., indoors in the living room, and close the bedroom doors. The reason you need to be there is so he doesn’t panic (or even just run under the bed or somewhere else) and get the harness stuck on something.

Once he’s moving around normally with the harness on (which could take hours, days, or even weeks depending on how long your sessions are), you can attach the leash. It will take him some time to get the idea that now he CAN’T go everywhere he wants to, but eventually he’ll learn. Practice “walking” him around your house, then your yard, and when he moves forward with you (which doesn’t sound like it will be an issue since he already follows you everywhere) and stops with little resistance, he’s probably ready to go for real walks.

He may take a little time to get used to the weight of the leash on his back, too, FYI– in other words, he may regress to slinking or freezing again, but just keep doing it and he should get used to it. If he doesn’t like walking with you with the leash and harness at first, you can try to coax him forward a few steps with a treat, reward him, and then stop for the day. Always work with direct training in short, positive sessions and always end on a good note to keep the experiences positive for him.

Cats are a special breed, and they may not always perform. You also can’t “punish” them into working for you as is unfortunately popular with dogs. Be patient and feel free to ask me any questions you might have and I hope this helps (and works!).

Relevant: I’ve been working with animals all my life, including exotic animals, and have trained everything from cats to horses.

Post # 6
3125 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

What a handome cat! I love him already:)

my cats don’t love their leash and walk like a snake (aka I have to drag them) with it on. I have found though that the people with kitties that walk with them have no trouble and the cat adapted right away. if your cat has no fear of being outside and walking with you, try the harness around the house, and just wing it. It sounds like he’ll do great! I’m sorry I don’t have better advice, but seriously – any time i see a cat on a leash and talk to the owners, they say that the cat just got right into it!

Post # 7
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

try and get a harness that doesn’t go around his throat – like the step in harnesses they have for dogs.  It’s less likely to make the cat feel like it’s choking and is much easier for you to get off (on is another story, since you actually have to get them to step in)

Post # 8
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have three fur babies. The first two I “chain” trained while I was in lawschool.  I couldn’t get them to walk with me, but they would gladly roam around outside with the chain, which was secured by one of those spikes in dirt, connected to their collars. Granted they got tangled up quite a bit and I would have to unravel them, but they got their outside fix. 

As for the third, she was feral and I cannot get her to do it.  She is content to stay inside and any sign of a leash sends her heading for the “hills.”  Since I have moved to the big city, the two older ones don’t get to go on the chain anymore and they let me know their discontent. 

I recently bought a cat “tent” and it was a sound investment. I’m not worried about big cats attacking my boys or them running away and it’s big enough that they still get to eat the grass and roll around and sniff stuff.

When I have my own house I want to have a “cat sanctuary.” But until then they will have to enjoy what mommy can provide them!! I wish I could get one to walk on a leash though.  Good luck, and you might consider the chain…it’s quite amusing and mine love it!

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