So, you have just been scrolling through Instagram and see a cute video of a couple that takes their cat on adventures that you have dreamt about, you look across at your snuggly feline friend and think: ‘We can do that, right?’ Think again.

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  1. Can You Walk a Cat
  2. How to Put a Harness on a Cat
  3. FAQs
  4. Conclusion

Can You Walk a Cat

“Unlike dogs, it is generally not recommended to walk your cat,” says Dr. Bethany Hsia, DVM. “Cats are independent animals who usually prefer to roam freely in their environment rather than on a leash.”

How to Put a Harness on a Cat

In my experience when putting a harness on a cat they lie down and play dead, or crocodile roll to escape. Most cats do not enjoy being restricted by a harness and therefore refuse to walk on a lead, this causes undue stress to their systems.

There is, however, always an exception to the rule. Very few cats do enjoy being taken out for walks and adventures. These cats were most likely harness trained from a very young age and were exposed to the outside world consistently.


Why does my cat want to go outside?

The instinct to hunt and explore is strong in cats, even if your cat is well fed and stimulated by toys. Cats love to roam and can be territorial about their area. If they see another cat exploring through the window they may want to chase that cat away from their territory.

How do you let your cat go outside without the fear of it running away and being lost forever?

If you don’t live close to busy roads and want to let your cat out to roam and hunt, but are worried about them not returning, then use the PetCube GPS Tracker. In this way you can keep track of your cat’s exact whereabouts. It is very important that your cat is microchipped as a safety precaution and the information on that chip is up to date with your current contact details. Many cat parents have questioned the safety of collars on cats, studies have shown that collars have a lower risk than other situations cats may encounter while roaming their immediate environment.

I want to harness train my cat, how do I go about it?

There are many useful articles that you can find online to help guide you on the correct type of harness and how to slowly introduce your cat to this new activity. Patience and a calm environment are key when it comes to any new training. There are pheromone sprays and collars available over the counter at most veterinary practices that you can use to assist you and to keep your cat calm.

My cat hates the harness, now what?

Many cats live happy lives indoors full time. It is important to ensure that they have stimulating toys. It is worthwhile investing in the PetCube Play 2, you can see, talk and play with your cat even when you are not home. There has been research that shows indoor cats tend to live longer than outdoor cats. Other studies that have been done show that it is healthier for the surrounding environment to keep your cat indoors.

"Though it’s true that it’s much easier for your cat to get enrichment outside, it’s still possible for a cat to live as happy of a life indoors without all the risks," says Dr. Graham, Chief Veterinarian at Animal Humane Society.


While walking your cat on a leash might seem appealing, it's important to remember that most cats prefer their independence and can become stressed by harnesses. Though some cats can be trained from a young age to enjoy outdoor adventures, the majority thrive indoors with stimulating toys and interactive play. If you let your cat outside, ensure their safety with measures like microchipping and GPS tracking. Understanding and respecting your cat’s nature will lead to a happier, healthier pet.

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