For those who live in small city apartments, a cat is a natural option for a pet. They seem like they would be lazy little windowsill sun-soakers all day, but after being cramped in a small apartment with you day-in and day-out, you may find that your cat tries to escape at every opportunity.
Don't worry cat-owners; it's them, not you. Cats, like any animal, need some space and a change of scenery every now and then. Just like dogs, they want to go outside and walk around. This is why cat-walking is a growing trend, especially for those who live in apartments.
Letting your cat outside unattended can be a recipe for disaster. Not only is your cat in danger from traffic, but the world can be in trouble from your cat – especially any birds that you might like hanging around in your garden or on your patio.
However, a cat-owners biggest worry is that their cat will go out and never come back. Thus the cat-leash was born. It provides your feline a way to go out and experience all the sights, sounds and smells of the outside world while under your careful supervision. It’s an excellent way for cats with a little bit of cabin fever to unwind.
Apart from the funny looks you may get, there are a few negatives to walking your cat around on a leash. Unlike dogs, cats are a little more skittish of say, a car driving past and honking its horn. A dog may be able to ignore it, but a cat's first response is to bolt into the bushes. This makes them a little unruly, and it can take more than a few walks for your cat to become a good leash-walker.
Unlike dogs, cats don't respond to discipline. You can't give a jerk to the leash and expect them to fall in line. So to help train your cat to be a better leash-walker, try taking them out when they are hungry. Reward them with treats for good behavior. When they try to run off to hunt birds,do not treat them. When they behave on the leash, give them treats and affection.
As soon as they are full, head home. After a few sessions of treat-incentive leash-walking, your cat will get it. They are pretty sharp that way.