I can only say that out of all the cats I've individually owned
or family had,
(7 or more!) only 2 were able to take to the leash thingy.
One was a Siamese, the other is my current Diablo cat. (Whom we
suspect of part Siamese blood..)
He took to the leash immediately, while my other cat refused
to move once the leash/harness was put on her. She just
sat down, folded her legs under and refused to budge!!
Diablo OTH was ready set to go! I walked him in Crystal
City at night - whence he caught (and mean ole
mommy made him let go
) mice and birds (even
leashed this guy had/has total hunting instincts...)
We used to go to the vets that way, in leash and harness.
He got into his harness, sat in my lap in car till we got to vet,
then at vets wander round the waiting room OR
sit perched ontop of vet's reception desk!!
He was/is used to going indoors/outdoors.
In his youth he was a brawler.
When he was injured from fights or
hunting too large prey (ducks) I'd put him on leash and
harness and spend an hour in the late pm walking
the dude cat round his "favorite" marking and poop spots..
We would do it till he was "healed" and the vet
said he could go outdoors again...
After he was hit by the car a few years ago,
during re-hab, I would only let him out on the
leash. The vet said it was important he MOVE
the injured legs/muscle to heal properly... soo...leash time!
My neighbors thought it was hysterically funny, and often
strangers who'd be out and see us walking on leash would
just have a jaw dropped response of surprise!!
What a cat he is! Of course now the vet comes to him,
as he is older and needs things like accupunture
and VOM. And he rarely goes out anymore, unless
Mommy is supervising his walk.
It is so much less stressful on Mommy too!!
So in conclusion - I think some cats take to it naturally
while others do not. In part it may have to do with the
trust bond between you and your cat.
For example, I raised diablo from tiny kitten (6 wks - he was FAR too young to be at the pet store
). So he bonded strongly
with me. Plus he had an outgoing attitude to different situations -
he was an *explorer*! Sheba OTH I got later in kittenhood,
had less trust and always was far more timid and
stressed by changes in routines...
At anyrate, don't force it. If your kitty's temperment isn't
good for that type of exploration/adventure don't force it on
him/her. An outdoor enclosure might be a better bet if you
want him/her to get out and have fresh air/stimulation...