In order to diversify the life of your mustachioed pet, you must introduce mandatory walks in the fresh air into everyday exercise. It’s not difficult to accustom a cat to a harness, but it’s best to start accustoming small kittens than adult ones. This is due to the fact that kids are much easier to adapt to innovations, perceiving everything in the form of a game. In addition to the usual walking, the harness allows you to control animals during forced transfers and when visiting a veterinarian.
Choosing the Right Harness
Walking cats on dog leashes is prohibited. This is important to remember, as the feline’s neck is much thinner and fragile vertebrae can break. In addition, dog collars are excessively heavy for cats, which can result in serious and serious injuries.
In order for the harness not to cause discomfort to the pet, you need to contact a specialized store and select an accessory based on the individual characteristics of the pet. In pet stores you can see a wide range of harnesses for cats. They can be of various types, styles and colors.
The most popular are:
- Figure eight - consisting of two loops covering the body of the pet in the neck and immediately behind the forelimbs. This design is connected in the area of the blades. This type of harness allows you to prevent the possibility of strangulation of the pet and slipping.
- In the shape of the letter "H" - have similarities with the previous instance, characterized in that the lath connecting the two rings runs along the back.
- V shaped - the loop of the harness forms in a shape in the chest area.
- In the form of a jacket - in addition to the usual loops, the harness is made of material, allowing you to protect part of the body of the pet from pollution and cold.
When choosing a harness and a leash for your pet, the owner should carefully examine the material from which the accessory is made, the width of the straps, the strength of the fastenings, and of course the size.
The vast majority of manufacturers of cat harnesses use cotton or nylon to create. These materials are perfectly cleaned and do not cause discomfort to the animal.
Note! There is a variant of harness made of leather. Veterinary experts do not recommend purchasing this type of accessory, as they are much heavier and tougher than those made of cotton or nylon.
An important role when choosing a harness for a cat is given to the width of the straps. The optimal width is from 1 to 2 cm. It is advisable when choosing the straps to look so that the length of the straps can change.
Fastenings in a cat's harness should be durable and not unfastened. Pet shops have harnesses with a leash that can be unfastened. This type of pet accessory is suitable for long walks over long distances.
Product size is determined by measuring the girth of the sternum in the area behind the forelimbs. The correctness of the size of the purchased harness can be checked by sticking two fingers between the harness and the back of the pet. If the fingers are difficult to pass, then the harness is small, and you must choose a larger size.
Cat training for a leash
In order to accustom a cat to a leash, you must first properly wear the harness. For the first time, when the owner will try to put on an accessory, the pet may break out and need sufficient dexterity to complete the procedure. In the future, with constant training, the process will not take much time.
Stages of preparation:
- For walks, you need to prepare your pet after choosing the right harness. First of all, you need to adjust the desired size. It is recommended for the first time to unfasten the leash so that it does not interfere and does not get underfoot.
- Taking the pet in your arms, you need to try to calm him down, stroking and gently talking. Next, a closed ring from the harness is put on the neck, turning so that the mount is clearly between the shoulder blades of the animal. The front legs of the cat are threaded into the second ring. It is important to check that all carabiners are fastened and that the belts are not kinked or wrung. Only after all, you can attach the leash.
Step-by-step training for walking on the harness of adult cats
The first thing that the owner should remember - accustoming adult cats to harness is a long process. It is worth noting that it is not always successful. Professional breeders recommend starting to train cats from the age of 2-3 months. No need to immediately try to put the ammunition on the animal, because it can be very scared and the learning process will be delayed.
It is best to initially give the pet a sniff of the harness, making it familiar. After that, the harness should be put in the place where the cat spends most of his time - sleeping, playing or eating. After a couple of days, you can try to put on a harness, calming and distracting the pet with food or a game.
If the animal protests, it is better to postpone the event for a while, waiting for the cat to be in a good mood. When the cat gets used to wearing harnesses at home, you can try to attach a leash.
Do not forget that to train a pet in 20 minutes is not possible. It is necessary to be patient, repeating the manipulations persistently, each time to praise the animal and encourage.
Note! In no case should you pull the animal towards yourself. The cat can resist, having felt the tension, will lie on the ground and begin to rest. It is best at first to just go after the pet and only after that, try to gently call him to yourself.
Step-by-step training consists of the following steps:
- The first walk should take place in a quiet place where there are no strangers and animals. It is recommended that this place be away from cars and large thickets.
- Once in place, you need to put the pet on the ground, caressing and praising. It is important to wait until the pet begins to move on its own. You can’t drag the cat along with you, because once afraid, the cat will lose interest in walking.
- At first, it is better to be closer to the pet.
Walking is not advisable if the kitten is less than 5 months old. This is due to the fact that their immune system is not strong and the pet can catch an infection.
The same applies to adult cats that are not vaccinated. It is not recommended to walk with pets who have recently had a disease or surgery.
How to teach Maine Coon harness?
Perhaps one of the best breeds for walking with harness is Maine Coon. These large cats weighing up to 8 kilograms, require large areas and are quietly accustomed to walking. Walking with a harness on the street can strengthen the body of the pet, positively affecting well-being. It is advisable to start teaching Maine Coons from an early age. Freedom-loving cats with age can seriously protest the owner.
The process of training should be gradual, do not rush and rush things. So, by consistently accustoming the animal, the owner will avoid the stress and aggression of the pet. The harness for Maine Coon should be selected taking into account individual characteristics. A quality harness should have reliable fastenings so that at critical moments the carbines do not break free from the pressure of the animal.
In addition, in the process of walking you can not lose vigilance. If the owner releases the leash from the hands, the pet can run away and get under the car, as well as get lost or climb high on a tree from fright. It is important to take your favorite and familiar toys and treats with you for a walk. This will distract the cat if the animal is frightened of something on the street.
The time of the first walks is no more than 5 minutes, gradually the interval should increase. If the pet flatly refuses to walk with harness, do not rape and force the pet.
You can find an alternative by simply looking out the window or sitting on a barred balcony for security reasons. Cats are independent animals and during walks they lead the owner after themselves, and not vice versa. If the pet refuses to go, do not force. It is better to pick him up and continue walking in this mode.