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Did you know that the first week of October is Walk Your Dog Week? What about walking your cat? Some of our feline buddies really like going for strolls with their humans! A local Tipp City, OH vet offers some tips on walking Fluffy in this article.
We always recommend that cats live indoors: they are simply safer inside, where they are protected from cars, weather, wild animals, and other hazards. However, some kitties really never stop trying to get out. Walking Fluffy on a leash is a great way to let your feline friend safely explore a bit, and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. This will offer her beneficial mental stimulation. Walking will also help keep your cat active, which will be great for her physically.
Walking isn’t going to be a good option for all kitties. If your cat is very shy, has medical issues, or is a senior, she may be happier just staying indoors. However, if Fluffy is friendly, bold, and playful, she may love going for walks!
Before you try taking your kitty outside, you’ll need to get her used to her leash and harness. Start by letting Fluffy wear her harness indoors. Once your cat has gotten used to the harness, you can attach a leash. Just let her drag it around until she is used to it. Keep a close eye on your furball when she is wearing her leash and harness, and make sure she doesn’t get entangled in anything.
Once your furball is used to her gear, you can try taking her outdoors. Choose an area without any trees: if Fluffy gets scared, her instinct will be to climb. You definitely don’t want that! You’ll also want to make sure there are no dogs around. Start by taking your feline pal out for just a few minutes, to see how she reacts. If your kitty seems frightened, just pick her up and take her back in. You can try again another day. Some cats just find the Great Outdoors more scary than exciting. Of course, if your furry buddy loves her walks, she may expect you to take her out every day!
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Please contact us, your local Tipp City, OH vet clinic, anytime.