Should You Walk Your Cat Like A Dog?

  • 27/04/2020
cat-dog-walking.gifWhether your dog is of a herding breed, toy breed, or a retriever he will need to be walked. Dog walking does not always fulfill the exercise needs of your pooch. Dogs enjoy their walks. Their instincts make them happy and cheerful while they explore the outside world with their parents and meet other living beings. But hey, have you ever wondered if you should walk your cat or not?

Dogs Walking Vs. Cat Walking

The need for dog walking and cat walking is different. Your dog has a lot of energy to be out, he needs to explore outdoors, sniff around a bit, socialize with other dogs and humans, and want to poop also. But the same is not true for cats.

Your pet cats should be strictly indoors. So what’s the point in walking them? They have their litter boxes inside. They have an enriched environment for their physical activity and mental stimulation. All in all, an indoor cat is safe from other predators and parasites. But have you ever watched a cat sitting at a window and looking out? They too want to go outside and explore.

Cats were wild animals before humans started domesticating them. They too have their wild instincts and enjoy being outdoors. However, getting out with your cat poses dangers to their life if they just escape. That being said, you should also walk your cat but not like a dog. You have to use the right equipment specially designed for cats. Well, that’s not the only thing. Here are a few things you know before you walk your cat.

Cat Walking Tips

Before you decide to walk your cat, know that not all cats love to go outside on a walk with you. But they all deserve a chance. If they just don’t seem to enjoy it, you should not force them. Further, you need to make your kitty ready for a walk. It is always recommended to let your cat acclimatized with a cat-friendly harness and other equipment indoors first.

Walk your cat across your house and see how it’s going. If your cat seems to be enjoying, you can go out. Well, also ensure that the harness and leash are fitted well and leave no chance for your cat to escape.

Mr. Woodard says, “A lot of cats may lack confidence, but they gain it once they're harnessed trained. The cat is always thinking more. It's thinking about how to use its body and what things smell like. The cats are brighter and engaged.” And that warrants at least a try for walking your kitty.

The EndNote

Walking your cat sounds similar to walk a dog. But the needs and perspective to do so are different. Yes, you can walk your cat, with a harness and a leash on. But before you do that, make sure your cat is fine with it indoors first.

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