There are more and more people who keep cats, and they have even exceeded those who keep dogs. In addition to the increasingly tightened dog management regulations in various places, one of the most important reasons is that cats do not need to walk around like dogs every day, and are more suitable for office workers who leave early and return late.
But do cats really need to walk?
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American pet behavior research scholars have found that cats that often play outdoors have a higher happiness index than cats that only play indoors.
Moreover, cats can freely perform some instinctive activities when they are outdoors, such as grinding their claws, which can greatly reduce the probability of furniture damage.
In addition, the outside world is much larger than a 90-square-meter home. The cat can smell and feel a lot more. With a wide range of activities, driven by curiosity, the amount of exercise will naturally increase, and the cat will be obese. The probability is reduced.
Of course, taking a cat out of the house can also enrich the cat’s daily life, promote the cat’s physical and mental health, and effectively prevent the cat from experiencing abnormal behaviors such as excessive licking, anxiety, phobia, and pica.
Seeing this, is there a shit shovel officer who has already begun to place an order to take the cat out. Don't worry, cat walking does have many benefits, but it does not mean that I recommend outdoor cat walking.
Every cat has different personality preferences, and not all cats are suitable for taking out.
What kind of cat needs to be walked?
Don't take the cat out without any preparation.
You must know that cats are sensitive and timid creatures. Although the outside world is big, there are many unpredictable situations. It is very unwise to take the cat out of the house suddenly.
The leaves dancing with the wind on the roadside, the vehicles passing by, the dogs rushing over to say hello… all can easily cause cats to panic and even cause stress reactions. This is the fact that cats are often lost, scratched or even scratched when they are taken out. It was the cause of the scare to death.
Therefore, walking a cat has certain requirements for the cat itself.
The breed of a cat is very important
Not all breeds are suitable for taking out. Generally, those cats with more outgoing personality, such as ocelots and Siamese cats, have a higher acceptance of the cat walking behavior of two-legged beasts.
Even with these species, not all individuals like to go out. Although the breed is important, the cat’s character is more important than the breed. Those cats who are outgoing and lively are relatively more suitable to be taken out.
The age of the cat is also important
Young and lively kittens are more suitable for taking out than middle-aged and elderly cats. Because of their young age, these cats are curious and are in a critical period of social training. They can adapt to the outside world more quickly.
Those middle-aged and elderly cats have stereotyped personalities and have poor receptivity to new things. For them, going out may be an insecure, unfamiliar and stressful thing for them.
Take into account your cats' past experience
If your cat used to be a stray cat, he knows the outside world well and may like to go out, but if your cat has ever been injured or has never left the room, it may be very sensitive to the outside world , Full of fear.
How to "walk the cat" scientifically?
Walking the cat is definitely not a whim of the shit shovel officer. Today I thought that I would be able to walk the day after tomorrow by laying down a single traction rope. Before walking the cat, the shoveling officer needs to do a series of desensitization training. Therefore, it is very important to list below the training steps and precautions for walking the cat.
Step 1. Choose the right harness / traction rope
A cat is not like a dog. It is difficult to break free when wearing a leash. A cat is known as a liquid, and an inappropriate leash will not be "trapped" at all. Therefore, choosing a suitable leash for cats is the most critical step to start walking the cat outdoors.
As for how to choose the right traction rope? The standard is actually very simple: it should not fall off after being brought on, and it will not hinder the cat's free movement.
It is best to choose H-shaped or chest straps, and try not to choose collars.
Step 2. Do adaptability training
Before taking the cat out, there is a very important training process, which is to let the cat adapt to the feeling of wearing a leash.
Training is very simple. You only need to gently wear a leash when the cat is playing and eating, so that the cat will gradually adapt to the existence of the leash.
Do not rush during the training process, proceed step by step, and use snack rewards appropriately for encouragement and comfort.
Step 3. Try walking the cat indoors
When your cat has been able to adapt to wearing a leash, you can lead it to try some free activities indoors. After all, the interior is still its turf. The home field advantage is still there. In a familiar environment, the cat will accept the leash relatively. Much higher.
Step 4. Outdoor desensitization training
When the cat can move around freely while wearing a leash indoors, he can officially try walking the cat outdoors for the first time. What you need to do is to evaluate whether the outdoor environment is suitable for cats to play.
In the beginning, we can only move around in a small area around our home, even in relatively quiet and enclosed spaces such as corridors or our own gardens.
Wait for the cat to fully adapt before trying to go to a more open outdoor environment. In this process, once the cat shows any resistance behavior, don't hesitate to stop walking the cat immediately to prevent the cat from showing a stress response.
Finally, regarding walking the cat, although there are many benefits, it is not necessary to walk. In fact, 70% of cats have never left the room before, and they can live healthy and happy with their owners.
If you can walk, you don’t have to force it. This is my attitude towards walking a cat.
What's more, there are many solutions that can replace cat walking outdoors. For example, a closed balcony can satisfy the cat’s yearning for the outside world.
Conditional shovel officers can also choose a cat stroller to take cats safely and comfortably. Although there is no way to lead cats around like walking a dog, this method is better than safer, more attractive Satisfy the cat's desire to explore the outside world to the greatest extent.