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Q: Good Idea or Bad Idea????

November 30, 2008 | By AnimalLover4ever31 | 8 answers | Expired: 1952 days ago

AnimalLover4ever31

I am just curious about cat leashes. I have a cat that was an indoor outdoor cat and yes she is spayed and up to date with her shots, but she use to go out all the time before I moved from a house to an apartment. She can't come to the window when she is ready to come back in, so she just stays inside and looks out the window. I know that cats live long happy healthy lives never having been outside, and I would think that a cat being on a leash outside and something scares it, she would go crazy or something. Can someone enlighten me more on this. Ps I would not put my cat on leash I know her to well, that would not work. Thanks

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Kelly
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Dec 14, 2008

I used to put my first kitty on a harness & leash. She didn't mind it too much (we would just go out in the yard & wander around or I'd sit & study & let her play in the grass), but we started her out when she was a kitten. When something scared her she would freak out & no matter how escape-proof the harness was supposed to be, she could get out of it though. Once she stepped on a wasp in the grass & came right out of the harness & another time a car revving up on the other side of the fence startled her. After that, we stopped using the leash & kept her inside until we bought a house & then we cat-proofed our backyard & fence. I'm still so scared something is going to happen that they still don't get to go out without supervision. On the plus side, I have rescue cats that were outdoor cats their entire lives & they aren't bothered at all by being kept indoors. One of them prefers it as outside actually terrifies him - I guess he had to survive too much when he was out there.

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Ragdollkitties
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Dec 01, 2008

I know a few people that successfully use a harness and leash on their cats. My only fear is if the cat enjoys going outside on-leash, what's to say that he/she wouldn't try to bolt through the door to go outside when the leash isn't attached. That would make me too nervous.

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Suna G.
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Nov 30, 2008

my cat is inside and outside cat.
He does his business outside and come back inside.
But when we were in apartmant i used to take him to the park and put leash on him. as long as you walk where he wants to go , he won't even notice the leash

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Carole D.
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Nov 30, 2008

Although it takes awhile to acclimated a cat to being walked on a leash, it can be done, rewarding them with especially good treats just for being in the harness, then for taking a single step, etc. In the case that you mentioned, if something frightened the cat to the point that the cat "goes crazy" trying to get away, as you described it, I would prefer that the cat be on a leash so that I had control of the cat rather than have the cat run into the street and possibly hit by a car, or gets lost.

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Ethel02
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Nov 30, 2008

I see more & more people walking their cats, they love them & don't want to find them on a side of a road, or when they don't come home just figure they got into trouble or someone else took them in, I could never figure ou why people would do that my dogs d ot run & if I had a cat it wouldn't either, they can learn how to walk on a leash, do you think dogs get a leash on them & walk?? Get a cat halter put a leash on & practice.

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Ashley H.
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Nov 30, 2008

It guess it just takes ti,e for it to get used to the leash. When my dog, yes dog, got his first collar with those little tags he went crazy. But after a few days he didn't notice it anymore. But I think the cat leash law is a great idea. It's no different than a dog, and it keeps it safe from getting hit by cars. Plus the angry neighbors who hates it when animals cross on their property wont get angry cause it wont happen. :)

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maria h.
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Nov 30, 2008

Most of my cats were rescued by us from the great outdoors. Now they are all indoor cats. I tried a cat harness once and tried to take them for a walk but they were terrified so I never did that again. They are very happy being indoors.

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A H.
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Nov 30, 2008

This is the best cat harness/leash I've used:
www.amazon.com/Gentle-Leader-Harness-Bungee-Medium/dp/B000NX1GBQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1228065517&sr=8-2

It comes with great instructions on how to get your cat used to the leash.

Because your cat is accustomed to the outdoors, I would guess she'd do quite well on the harness/leash once she's used to it. And being used to it is the key - the first few times you put the harness on her she'll probably sink to the ground, look cranky, and refuse to move. :)

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