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Q: Cat Leashes?

April 10, 2009 | By BonnieClyde | 17 answers | Expired: 1924 days ago

BonnieClyde

My cat Clyde always wants to go outdoors. I find it to dangerous to just let him out. I was thinking a cat leash. Would that be any good?

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K9dine
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Apr 15, 2009

My boy kitty loves to go outside with me. I always supervise him and have him on a leash. He wears a harness that is snug around his chest and neck, and he is on a leash that is 6 feet long.

To get him used to it I started by putting the harness on him in the house and feeding him something good (canned food, a special treat) and then taking it off. Then I'd put it on him longer and attach the leash to it and let him walk (slink) around the house. Eventually we ventured outside (in a quiet area, away from scary dogs, cars, or people) and he could wander in the grass and eat it.

If your cat likes to eat grass, make sure it's not chemically treated! We don't use chemicals on our yard, so it's safe for my boy to eat the grass. In fact, he's on his leash while I'm following him and pulling up dandelions. People look at us funny, but he enjoys it and I enjoy making him happy and knowing he's safe (and not pooping in someone else's garden).

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Cindy C.
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Apr 10, 2009

My 2 cats also love to go outside and I get nervous letting them out. We have a fenced yard but they know how to escape and have several times in the past. I bet a super long leash that is used for training dogs outside, might work! I might have to check that out myself, and then of course supervise them to see how the leash works. I think if there aren't things they can jump and climb on, it would probably work pretty well.

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Shell
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Apr 11, 2009

A lot of cat collars are made to open if the cat gets stuck on a branch or something so a harness with a collar would work fine. My cats freak out when I put the harness on so by the time I get it on and bring one outside, the most he's focusing on is how to get this thing off of his body!

Some cats tolerate it. It may take a few tries but after a while your cat will know when the harness is put on, it's time to go out!

One thing I would NEVER do is put the cat on the leash/harness tied to something and left alone. Not good!

Good luck.

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Karen J.
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Apr 10, 2009

Years ago I had a neighbor who had 3 cats she took out on leashes. She had a yard stake and she would leave one out at a time, of course under close supervision.

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