Cat harnesses are a great way for cats to enjoy the outdoors safely, and although the leash-training process can be time-consuming, it’s rewarding for both cats and guardians in the end. In order to provide you with the best leash-training tips,18 peta2 and PETA staff members and friends decided to leash train their feline companions. The results were adorable …

Purchase a cat harness that has chest coverage, and allow your cat to wear the harness periodically for a few days so that he or she can adjust to the feel of it. Ruby looks stunning in her tiger-print harness.

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Most cats won’t like the harness at first, but you can comfort them by giving them treats while they wear it, petting them, using a toy to play with them, or putting the harness on before meals. Dixie was a bit skeptical.

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Once your cat is used to the harness, attach a lightweight leash and take him or her outside to an enclosed, quiet area.

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A fenced backyard or porch is perfect for a first outing!

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Allow your kitty to explore, but don’t be pushy about it.

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It may take some time …

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… but eventually, your cat will begin to explore the area. Like Wellington here!

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Know that walking a cat is different from walking a dog. Cats are easily distracted …

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… and they stop a lot more to sniff around …

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… or to stare at something.

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Patience is key! 

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Once your cat is more comfortable, you can try other areas, like your front yard or quiet parts of your neighborhood. Be sure to avoid noisy areas and dogs.

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 Accept that your kitty will lead the way and that you will follow. 

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Some cats, like Kitti Kitti, will want to just lie around …

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… while others, like Jacob, will be more adventurous.

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Follow these tips, and you and your furry friend will be cruisin’ in no time!

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But don’t force it! Some cats are frightened of the outdoors or just don’t like to walk on a leash. And that’s OK! Gemma prefers her stroller.

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Most of all, remember to be patient. Never tug on the leash if your cat wants to go in the opposite direction—that will only make him or her react negatively. However, if you feel that the direction your cat wants to travel in is unsafe, hold onto the leash tightly. If you don’t give in to the tugging, your cat will eventually give up.

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