- Always use a harness. Cats throats are more sensitive than many dogs and don't withstand the pressure exerted by a collar. This can cause gagging and choking.
-Acclimate your cat to the harness for short periods of time indoors before attempting a walk. Wearing body equipment can be intimidating and upsetting to some cats and they will need time to adjust. Always supervise as entanglement and strangulation are potential hazards.
-Check out various styles of harnesses and leads. There are strap harnesses and vest type harnesses. While vests provide greater security and less likelihood of escape, strap harnesses may feel freer to some kitties simply because it is less material to wear. You can use any lead but bungee style leads provide your kitty with some give for jumping and exploring. Always make sure your harness fits securely.
- When your cat is new to the outdoors, steer clear of areas with lots of traffic, loud noises and other roaming animals as this may spook your kitty.
-Walking a cat is quality over quantity. Long walks and covering lots of ground is not near as important as good old exploration time in an interesting and safe area.
-Don't forget to use a good flea and tick repellent and make sure your cat is up to date on all necessary vaccines.
-Never tie your cat out on a lead unsupervised. Your cat can't escape if approached by another animal or predator and as always, there is a danger of entanglement and strangulation if kitty panics.
Now go and enjoy the outdoors with your cat. Your cat will thank you.