Should You Walk Your Cat?

Does your kitty live indoors? If so, that’s great! While many cats enjoy fun outdoor activities like leaving ‘gifts’ on our steps or refusing to come in when called, Fluffy is actually much safer living inside, where she isn’t exposed to dangers posed by cars, weather, or other animals. However, your pet may not agree with your decision, especially if she has been allowed outside before. One option may be to walk your cat on a leash. Here, a local Webster, NY vet discusses taking Fluffy for a walk.

Temperament

Not all cats are going to enjoy being walked. Bold, fearless kitties and/or furballs that have spent a lot of time outdoors are really the best candidates. If Fluffy has always been an indoor pet, you may be better off just leaving well enough alone. Senior cats, kittens, and furballs with health problems and/or mobility issues should also stay inside. Ask your vet for more information.

Training

If you get the all-clear from your vet, you can move on to training. Start by letting your kitty wear her harness indoors, without a leash attached. Once your feline pal is used to this, attach the leash. Offer your cat treats and cuddles to help form a positive association with it. Fluffy may initially be frightened, so give her plenty of time to adjust. Just keep a close eye on your furball until she is accustomed to the leash. Next, you can start ‘walking’ your cat indoors. When your kitty seems ready, go ahead and take her outside. If your furry friend seems scared, take her back inside, and try again another day.

Safety

Before taking Fluffy outdoors, make sure that she is microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up to date on all her vaccinations and parasite control products. When choosing your route, stick to a safe, quiet area, and don’t venture too far from home. We also recommend staying away from trees: if your feline buddy runs up a tree wearing her leash, you could have quite a time getting her down again! Also, never leave your pet alone with her harness on: you don’t want her getting caught on something. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Does your kitty need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control products? We can help! Please contact us, your Webster, NY animal clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs.