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Q: Cat Leashes?

April 10, 2009 | By BonnieClyde | 17 answers | Expired: 1921 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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Jamie R.
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Apr 10, 2009

f you let your cats outside I would definitely go with the leash as opposed to having them loose. I think the only thing you need to be aware of is that having them tied down or even walking with you on the leash does leave them vulnerable to attacks from dogs or other animals who will be happy to see them unable to get away safely.

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Ethel02
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Apr 10, 2009

Almost everyone around here finally realizes that cats are pets too & deserve proper care, and nobody laughs at a cat on a leash, allot use harness's they say thir better (I'm a dog person) and yes you have to have patience , I've noticed most of the cats think they should be telling their walker what to do. Good luck, and thanks for caring about your pet.

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Katekat112
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Apr 10, 2009

Hey bonnieclyde! My cat, Kate, goes outside. If you have a fence, he should be okay, unless he likes to climb. If he has back claws, but is declawed in the front, he should be safe.
Cat leashes do not work. We tried putting one on my cat, Ebby, and she freaked out. She started flipping and flipping and hissing and spitting. And she doesn't usually do that.
My neighbor sometimes lets her cat go outside, but watches her and makes sure she doesn't go anywhere.
Hope this helped!

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Courtney97
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Apr 13, 2009

You will find that all cats want to go outside. What you can do is sit out there and watch her for 5 minutes and see if she tries to run away. My cats have snuck out before without us noticing it and the next morning or even in 1 hour the will be at your door ready to come in. My brother came in with his wife and she is highly allergic to cats so we had to keep them out in the garage, well they always want to go out there but when it came time they had to stay out they wanted to come in. So eventually we opened the garage door and they went wondering over the yard and we left them out there by themselves for about 1-2 hours and the came back ready to come back in. So it is not really if your cats ready it is if your ready.

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dawn
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Apr 12, 2009

Two of mine enjoy going outside. To ensure their safety I use a walking jacket. If put on right kitty CAN NOT get out of it. Figure 8 harnesses are not very secure and cats can wiggle out of them. Carmichael is happy chillin in the yard. I can tether him to a stump in our yard he loves it. I keep an eye on him, so if he gets tangled I can help him out. Vin is busier and his outside time is spent walking at a local park. I'd love to have a cat run built the yard, but one's I've seen are pretty costly.. so for my cats outdoor time it's the fabulous walking jacking.

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Sheryl J.
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Apr 12, 2009

I know exactly how you feel. My cat Pippit is just going to be a year old on April 20, and she was born deaf and I live off a very busy road, I can not just open the door and let her out like all the other cats I had before her.

I have finally got her use to wearing a collar, which took me until just recently, I have purchased a harness long lead and I have set up a run from two trees in my yard.

I can't believe I have to do this, but it is to protect her. We have a busy road in front of us and woods in back of us, so we also have wild animals, she would neither here a car coming or a fox sneaking up on her!

Don't worry about what anyone thinks, and wish me luck, I still get the alligator roll when I put the harness on her, but she will just have to get use to it if she is going to come outdoors with us ;)

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Carly h.
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Apr 17, 2009

U WOULD HAVE TO TRAIN HIM.

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