Harnesses for cats. Braid as a must-have accessory for walking
Independent walks of a cat / cat on the street (free range) are not harmless and are often deadly for your pets. The dangers that await cats on the street: dogs, carriageway and cars, a person who does not love cats (who can easily kick, hit), other cats, various diseases (including diseases that are fatal and diseases transmitted to people), theft ( pedigreed cat is stolen (especially cats of those breeds that are open for certification (for example: Kuril bobtail, Siberian))). Cats and cats have diseases that are asymptomatic and are transmitted through bites, scratches, sexually, as well as airborne droplets. And all the "charm" and symptoms of the disease can be seen only with a weakened immunity or understand that the animal hurts, only with the loss of litter in the cat or the animals themselves.
Some owners prefer to walk the cat on the balcony. This is very dangerous, because the cat, fascinated by what he saw on the street, often jumps down. And although it can fall and land on its feet, the height of several floors often turns out to be fatal.
Therefore, we strongly recommend to teach the cat / cat to harness and walks on a leash.
The modern course of life sometimes forces us to take our pet with us to the country, on a vacation trip, in the event of a move, and of course to the vet. In all these cases (and in other similar cases) we recommend putting a harness on the cat / cat - this will guarantee her / his safety and your peace of mind. They walk cats on a special harness, a collar with a leash is not suitable for this, because the cat's neck muscles are much weaker than those of a dog. The cat will not be able to jump out of the correctly chosen harness (there are two fingers between the harness and the body). A young cat will quickly get used to this ammunition, but with an adult one will have to work hard (however, there would be a desire and everything will work out).
What a harness to choose.
A harness and leash to it can be bought at any pet store. When choosing it is necessary to consider:
1. so that the material is light (cotton, nylon) and soft, because cats are very sensitive, rough harness can cause them discomfort;
2. strength of the material from which the harness and leash are made (especially if you have a large muscular cat (or cat));
3. length of the leash; the leash must be long enough - at least two meters so that your pet can move freely in an interesting direction (he could run, jump). Oochen easy to use leashes - roulette designed for dogs of small breeds.
How to teach a cat to harness with a leash.
It is necessary to teach a cat in several stages: first, the animal gets used to New item - leave the harness near your favorite cat places. Then try wearing a harness; dress- distract the cat's attention to petting, games, treats; shoot only when the cat calmed down. Wear ammunition from time to time, tying these moments to something pleasant (for example, before feeding), gradually increasing the duration. After the cat gets used to the harness and walks around the house calmly in it, you can begin to accustom her to the leash. The principles are the same as when training for a harness. The owner should not pull the cat behind him, but rather follow her, try to interest the game. You should try to call her in the direction in which you want. Continue training until the cat starts to walk professionally in a harness with a leash, and then take it outside . REMEMBER: the noise and dogs scare the cat. Do not be angry if the cat refuses to walk, caress her and let him get used to what is happening.
Now a few words on how to walk a cat / cat. Your pet has finally got used to the harness with the leash - now it's time to take him to the first walk in his life. Choose a lonely place in the park (in the forest in the country), otherwise a dog / cat may be intimidated by dogs, passing vehicles or a large crowd of people. Reaching the place, wait. In no case do not force the animal forcibly, do not rush, let me make a decision on my own. Remember, over time, it is the cat / cat that will walk you - she / he will go where she / he wants, and you follow her / him. Accept the fact that, unlike dogs, you have to follow the cat, not the cat behind you.
And in conclusion: the absolute majority of cats can be taught to walk (walks, trips), but extremely aggressive or nervous cats are still better not to walk once again.
And some photos:
Author: Valentina Mironova (Kuril Bobtail Kennel " Star Smoked "). Photos of the kennel “Star of the Kuriles” and one photo of the kennel “The Legend of Baikal”.
To meet Valentina's pets and see the kittens, click on the cattery's name " Star Smoked "