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The Dos and Don’ts of Walking Cats
From the Editors of The Daily Cat
When used correctly and with the
right cat, a leash can provide
both you and your pet a safe way
to spend quality time together
outdoors while getting exercise
too. Here are the requested do’s
and don’ts:
Do …

•purchase a lightweight leash and harness specially designed for cats.

•allow your cat to get used to the leash by laying it next to sleeping areas
or other spots your cat frequents. Your cat can then learn that it is not an
object to fear.

•reward your pet with a treat after first placing the harness on your cat.
Remove the harness when the cat seems agitated or uncomfortable. Allow
time for your cat to get used to the feel of the harness.

•take your cat on indoor walks for a few days until venturing outside.

Don’t …

•use a harness that’s too tight or loose. Ideally, you should be able to fit
just two fingers between your cat and the harness.

•force the leash and harness on your cat if your cat is experiencing high
stress and discomfort. Some cats adapt better to the equipment than

•aggressively pull the leash: Your cat will only learn to hate it more.

•attempt to walk an elderly cat or one with health issues before first
consulting with a veterinarian.
Smartcat Non-Pinching Cat Harness
and Leash

The SmartCat harness has been
specifically designed for comfort. While
some harnesses connect the loops
directly to one another in a "figure 8"
style and tend to pinch your cat, the
SmartCat harness has an extra piece
of material connecting the two loops,
providing more comfort for your cat.
The maximum measurement around
the belly is 20 inches and the neck is
14 inches