More and more owners are deciding to put a harness and leash on their cats and take them for a stroll outside. This is a great idea, especially because it provides a safe way for your cat to get some supervised outdoor time without the dangers of being an indoor/outdoor cat. Plus, you’ll get to spend quality time together. Many people are hesitant to take their cats for walks, however, because there are a few myths going around making it sound like a bad idea. Here we’ll go through them with you so you can make up your own mind.
#1 – I Can Just Take My Cat Outside
Many owners are so eager to get their cats outside on a walk, they’ll put any old harness and leash on and drag their cat outside. But wait! This can be very scary for cats at first, especially if they aren’t used to wearing a harness or leash. Make sure to get a proper set-up for your cat and make sure they’re comfortable going outside in the yard before you start walking around the block.
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#2 – Cats Hate Harnesses
Many cats will dislike harnesses at first, because they aren’t used to being restrained or wearing something around their bodies. But this doesn’t mean your cat will never enjoy a harness. You can easily train your cat to enjoy wearing and walking with a harness with some time, patience and treats.
#3 – My Cat is Too Old to Train
Just like you can teach old dogs new tricks, you can teach your older cat to wear a harness and walk on a leash. They might be resistant at first, but with some extra TLC and patience they’ll be walking comfortably with you in no time. In fact, starting leash walks might just be what your older cat needs to spice up their life.
#4 – Only Dogs Need Poop Bags
While cats typically like to potty in privacy and cover up their business, you might find that your cat will actually start going on walks. It’s very important to clean up after your cat to make sure you keep your neighborhood clean and your neighbors happy. The last thing you need is someone upset with you and your cat.
#5 – My Cat Will Start Trying to Escape
While your cat might certainly enjoy going outside a lot more than they used to, they won’t be unhappy indoors. Just like dogs, your cat will be happy living comfortably inside your home and enjoy going for routine walks and outings. They won’t start trying to escape at every moment, which is what some people are worried about.