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Submitted by: Anita Hampton
Cats, like children, have to be harness trained with persistence and concern. Hard treatment and physical stress can only induce fear in cats.
Starting at age six months, a cat can start to undergo the training. Confine the cat in order to diminish its need to wander. It is very vital that the right harness is purchased and used since a cat can easily struggle and free itself from the leash if a puny one is used. The harness should be of sturdy yet of comfortable quality, one that is specially made for cats.
The H shaped harness made of nylon material which is light, although it has buckles for the neck and the cats tummy, is a sure buy. Make sure that there is a metal ring for the cats I.D., which is located near the backside of the cat. The cat size can be measured by using a tape measure for the neck and tummy.
The harness can be placed a little firmer after about five days. It can then be adjusted to a two-inch width off the neck and the cats tummy. Leave the harness on for five to ten minutes each day and do this for two weeks. Keep in mind that cats are more jumpy than dogs so they really need more care and guarantee of a no hard treatment.
Use a walking collar with an L shaped fabric that hugs the cats body. Choose a jacket that is breathable and provides enough aeration for the cats comfort. A 5/8-inch wide nylon harness that has three buckles is used for effortless fitting and strapping. Its collar should be one that can be adjusted from 9-12 inches to prevent suffocation.
Have the cat wear the leash while wandering inside the household for twenty to thirty minutes a day for a week. However, never let the cat out of sight as they may be prone to getting snarled in chairs, tables, etc, and this would frighten him. Once the cat has gotten used to moving around with the harness on, then it can be held on to and the cat is ready for a walk in the park. Felines will eventually realize that there are corresponding limitations attached to being leashed. Position the strap with the ID tag and leash where the cat can snuffle, touch and have fun with it.
Being consistent and patient with the routine is the best key to accomplishment. Cats love routine and habits, following a sequence can make them expect what is next, thus, preventing any straying and disagreement. Once the cat is used to the harness, hell never even notice its there at all in the future.
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