PetFAQCategory: ExerciseCan I take my cat for a walk outside?
steviebeatricesteviebeatrice asked 1 year ago

Can I take my cat for a walk outside?

1 Answers
Best Answer Staff answered 1 year ago

Yes, you can take your cat for a walk outside, but there are certain things you need to consider to ensure your cat’s safety and well-being.

1. Use a Harness and Leash: Unlike dogs, cats cannot be walked on a collar and leash as they can easily slip out of it. Therefore, you need to use a properly fitted harness and leash designed for cats. A good harness should fit snugly around your cat’s body and be secure enough to prevent your cat from escaping.
2. Start Slowly: Cats are not accustomed to being walked on a leash, so you need to start slowly and allow your cat to get used to the idea. Begin by letting your cat wear the harness around the house for short periods to get them comfortable with it. Once your cat is comfortable with the harness, you can start taking them outside for short walks in a safe and quiet area.
3. Choose a Safe Location: When walking your cat, choose a safe location away from busy roads, off-leash dogs, and other potential hazards. Make sure to avoid areas with heavy foot or vehicle traffic as this can cause stress and anxiety for your cat.
4. Pay Attention to Your Cat’s Body Language: Keep an eye on your cat’s body language and behavior during the walk. If your cat seems scared, stressed, or uncomfortable, end the walk immediately and try again later.
5. Bring Treats and Water: To keep your cat happy and hydrated, bring treats and water with you on the walk. You can give your cat treats to reward them for good behavior, and offer them water to keep them hydrated.
6. Be Prepared for Accidents: Accidents can happen, so be prepared by bringing along some waste bags to clean up after your cat.

In conclusion, it is possible to take your cat for a walk outside, but you need to take certain precautions to ensure their safety and well-being. Use a properly fitted harness and leash, start slowly, choose a safe location, pay attention to your cat’s body language, bring treats and water, and be prepared for accidents. With patience and persistence, you can help your cat enjoy the outdoors while keeping them safe and happy.

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