Leash walking is a great way for you and your cat to stay connected to nature by exploring your world together.
Because of the risks associated with injury or illness, we feel it’s a responsible choice to keep your cat indoors. However, we recognize that safe exposure to the world outside should be a routine part of your cat’s life.
Why? Cats in the wild are active hunters and territorial by nature. This means they have to keep tabs on every sight, smell and sound in their immediate environment.
Your cat at home is just as equipped to stay in tune with the surroundings as his or her wild counterparts. So how can you help exercise these traits?
Try leash walking. But before you jump right in, it’s important to recognize this is far different than walking a dog. Whereas dog walking is about covering distances and cardiovascular activity, leash walking a cat is about sensory experience and exploration. Secondly, while aspects of leash walking are meant to represent certain hunting behaviors, this activity should never turn into an owner-guided hunt – be it birds, rodents or insects.
Teaching this skill is a process that requires a great deal of patience. But it’s one we consider to be highly worthwhile. Give it a try as it can help your cat actively explore territory beyond the walls of your home. And experience all that nature offers.