Keep your cat in the quiet area you’ve selected and let her walk around and experience what it’s like to explore the outdoors on a leash. If your cat doesn’t have any knowledge of what the outside world is like, make sure you give her time to relax because she’ll be on high alert. Let her be curious, but keep her away from potential dangers (like dogs).
Continue to take it slowly from here, but after this point you should be able to start walking your cat. Pay attention to how your cat reacts to being on the leash; every cat is going to act differently. Your cat might be open to going on a walk around the block, but she also might prefer to just wander around your yard and not want to go any further. Enjoy the moment either way, you’ve made it this far and it wasn’t easy.
Essentially, your cat’s personality will determine how she’s going to react to this situation. You already probably know how she feels about going outdoors, and if she’s a bit jumpy this might not work out. Ultimately, you have to try before you know, but if you can tell your cat is uncomfortable or unhappy, you should stop. If you still want to adventure with your cat outdoors, there are other options. A cat stroller is an easy way to go on walks safely with your cat, and you won’t have to go through a lengthy training process.
When you are walking your cat, safety should always be at the top of your mind. Never leave your cat alone outside, and try to keep her away from dogs whether they’re also out for a walk or just hanging out in their own yards. It’s also good practice to keep from putting the harness on your cat if she starts whining for it. While it’s great that she likes it, you don’t want to reward negative behavior.
Walking your cat can be a fun experience for both of you if you keep your patience and take note of your cat’s behavior. Always do what’s most comfortable for her and you’ll be on the right track.