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leash training?

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how do you leash train a cat?
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Start out with harness training inside. Put the harness on the cat for about five minutes to start with, and play or give a treat to distract him/her from the harness. Gradually up the time spent in the harness over about two weeks, and then add the leash, again only for a few minutes at first, and coax your cat to move around on the leash. A cat won't heel like a dog; basically, you'll be following the cat, and not vice-versa. An H-shaped harness is, IME, better than a figure 8 one, as the latter are too easy to slip out of.

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thanks for the help!
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We leash-trained our first cat, to the point that when we picked it up, the little bell on it would bring him running.
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Moses is semi-leash trained. He's to the point that he'll tolerate the harness and leash if he really wants to explore outside. We started by putting on a harness regularly, then putting the leash on and letting him lead and sniff things outside.

He's not to the point where I can walk him like a dog, but if we'd tried harder at it, I'm sure we could have got there. I know other people have had success in this.
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whats the best way to harness train? i hear that pettingh them with the harness gets them used to it faster?

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Originally Posted by SnowWhiteKitten View Post

whats the best way to harness train? i hear that pettingh them with the harness gets them used to it faster?

 

I always just put the harness on, attach a lead and take them outside. They are far more interested in exploring to notice they are wearing a harness.

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see lestat is semmi skitish like atfirst he gets almost overwelmed like "wait wait wait are you getting rid of me?!?!?!?" and im really trying to not stress him out cause it takes forever to calm him down..

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