How to Walk a Cat on a Cat Leash or Harness

cat leash

cat leash

Taking a cat for a walk on the leash or cat harness isn’t as as simple as taking a dog.

If a cat is prepared to walk on the leash, however, this could be a great way of ensuring that he will get some physical exercise, especially if otherwise he spends his day within the house or flat and isn’t free to go out. You should in no way force an unwilling cat to go for a walk, and you shouldn’t make him walk further than he would like. If a cat has been introduced to walking on the leash since kittenhood, it might be simpler.

If a cat is restricted to the house — possibly due to the fact his owner lives close to a busy road or inside a high-rise apartment, the opportunity to go for a walk on the leash might be the only real opportunity he will get to discover the outside world.

leash training a cat should start

In kittenhood. Begin by having a number of brief sessions — within the house and then the backyard — and do not try too much, too quickly.


Do not drag the cat along — attempt to cajole him, offer reassurance, and reward him with a favourite food. Only then, if he is in a position to walk alongside you and to alter direction, should you try the pavement outside. A cat will not wish to walk to heel like a dog, but it is feasible to train a cat to walk alongside you.

Lose the Collar

An adaptable harness, tight enough to stop the cat wiggling free, is more suitable to a collar, since your cat is much less likely to get caught up in it. A collar is too simple for a cat to slip through, and also the pressure around the neck can make it reluctant to move.

Kind of leash

Select a thin, lightweight leash created of either leather, cord, canvas or nylon that’s lengthy enough to permit the cat to move around — say, 1.8-2m (6-7ft)

In time, as your cat becomes used to walking nearby, this could be shortened accordingly.

The clip at the end of the cat’s leash should be of the bolt kind instead of a spring clip. The latter can become firmly fastened to some piece of skin, in which case it will be difficult to remove, as well as inflicting a painful injury.

Some breeds of cat are much much more amenable than others to leash instruction. These include, in particular, the Oriental breeds of cat such as Siamese, Burmese and Russian Blue, not forgetting the Orientals themselves.

Nevertheless, with any feline —not natural leash walkers like dogs — the earlier leash instruction starts, the simpler the procedure is going to be, both for the cat and also the owner. Be gentle and do not force your cat to walk on the leash, but always maintain a tight grip on the leash.

If you plan to put your cat on the leash and take him for a walk, a harness, instead of a traditional collar, is safer and much more comfy for any cat.

If your cat is housebound and the only real physical exercise he will get is when you take him for a walk, think about, also, playing with him on a regular basis inside your home.

Dog leashes —especially, chain leashes and ‘choke’ chains —are much too heavy to be worn by cats.

A leash is a particularly good idea any time you take your cat on vacation and you wish to give him some physical exercise but you do not wish to lose him.

The City Council in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, ruled that from 1 January 1998 all cats need to be kept in the house and are only permitted out on the leash.