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Q: How do I leash train my cat?

November 25, 2009 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 1695 days ago

Ches21

Shorty likes to go outside so I thought I would leash train him the only problem is if I take him outside he panics but if he comes outside of his own free will he is just fine. So I was wondering how do I start this process?

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Jillian
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Nov 25, 2009

the hard part was getting your cat used to being on a leash. if you were able to do that, the second step should be a lot easier. for now, just let him go out when it's his choice. cat's often object to being taken outside, even indoor/outdoor cats. they'll happily trot out on their own terms, but when they're "forced" they get scared. cats usually have to adapt to such large spaces before they're comfortable w/not having total control over the situation {which is just making the choice on their own}. your cat may never be comfortable w/you making that choice for him, but the more time he spends outside, the more likely you'll be able to say when.
one thing you can do is have a piece of meat in your hand while you're carrying him out. let him chew on it on your way out, but don't actually give it to him until you've been outside for a few seconds. let him eat it and put him down.

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Kavykeeper
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Nov 25, 2009

I wouldn't use a neck collar, but use a harness instead . If your cat got away with a collar, it could hang itself if it climbed a tree and got caught. Offer a treat or snack once he is outside with it so he gets a reward for wearing it.

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Michele Z.
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Nov 27, 2009

As kavykeeper rightfully pointed out, please use a harness instead of a regular collar.

You might try getting your cat used to walking on leash while INdoors, gradually building up the amount of time so that your cat can get more and more comfortable before going outdoors. Once the cat has accepted the use of the leash indoors, you can then put him on a leash (with a harness!) and take him outdoors.

I don't think it is a good idea to simply open the door while your cat is on a leash and allowing him to go out--that will create the belief that it is okay for him to go out even withOUT a leash, and you don't want that. Maybe put the leash on and put your cat in a carrier--take the carrier outside and open the carrier door. Your cat will probably prefer to come out of the carrier than stay in. Just be sure you have hold of the leash or it is attached to the carrier's handle or door before letting the cat out.

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