Walking a cat can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences for anyone that owns a lovable cat. Even though you need to use either a harness or a lead in order to effectively and efficiently walk both cats and dogs, the actual process that needs to take place is completely different between the two different animals. It is imperative that you become highly skilled at specifically walking cats and understanding everything that is necessary in order to do so.
Walking Cats is a Slow Process
One of the first things that a cat owner should know is that walking their pets is completely different from a dog owner that walks his or her pet. Most dogs are ready and willing to get up and go, especially when it involves physical activity in the great outdoors. Controlling them with a leash is much easier than it is with cats, primarily because cats are always going to do what they want when they want. Cats are rather independent animals that need very little besides a little affection and food from their owners in order to survive. Instead of giving up and allowing them to take care of themselves, owners should focus on two of the most effective methods – (1) positive reinforcement and training as well as (2) using the proper equipment.
Positive Reinforcement and Training
Even though cats may not respond to walking as quickly as dogs, they do respond to positive reinforcement, treats and praising. Therefore, if you are trying to become an expert at walking your cat or even just want to learn how to properly train your pet, then you need to become a master at using treats and praise to reward them for their good behavior and desired actions.
Why You Should Buy a Harness
Dogs can use collars safely without any hazards, but cats are not able to do so. Make sure that you purchase a harness that can be connected to your lead instead of a collar. There are three basic types of harnesses that can be purchased for cats of all ages – (1) the figure eight harness, (2) the V-style harness and (3) the H-harness. Make sure that you focus on finding whichever harness is easy to clean and simple to use, but it should also be durable and safe as well. The last thing that you want to do is to harm your cat, so make sure that you buy a harness that properly fits them comfortably and can easily be adjusted.
Main image by J E Theriot, 2009.