Tips for Walking Your Cats

Have you ever considered taking your cat for a walk? More and more of our feline pals are enjoying going out for strolls. A Tampa, FL vet discusses walking Fluffy below. 

Choose The Right Gear

Picking the right equipment is very important. We recommend harnesses, rather than collars. They’re much safer, especially if your pet were to get entangled in something. Make sure that Fluffy’s gear fits comfortably, and isn’t too tight, hot, or itchy. 

Don’t Force It

Walking isn’t going to be the best bet for every furball. It tends to work best with kitties that are very bold and adventurous, or were once allowed outdoor access. If Fluffy is very shy, and/or has never been outdoors, you may want to just let sleeping cats lie, and leave her be. Ask your vet for more information. 

Start Slow

Don’t expect to just slap the harness on your feline buddy and head outdoors. You’ll need to give Fluffy time to get used to her new getup. At first, just have her wear it inside. When she’s accepted the harness, try attaching the leash. (Don’t be surprised if your kitty tries to attack it. That’s just what cats do.) Only do this when you’re home, so you can keep an eye on your pet. After a while, she should get used to the leash. ‘Walk’ her around indoors a bit, and let her drag it behind her. 

Play It Safe

When you feel the time is right, try bringing your kitty outside. (Note: make sure she is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on vaccines and parasite control.) Let her explore the area around your door first. Stay away from trees: the last thing you want is for your furry pal to run up one and get caught. Also, avoid bodies of water where gators could be lurking. Don’t force Fluffy, though. If she seems scared, bring her back in. 

Expect Expectations

What happens if your cat loves going outdoors? Well, you’ll be able to enjoy some fresh air with your feline friend, while providing her with beneficial exercise and stimulation. Just don’t be surprised if Fluffy soon comes to expect—and demand—daily walks. It’s ridiculously easy to spoil a cat! 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Tampa, Fl pet hospital, we’re happy to help!

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