Walking Your Cat: How To Take Your Cat Out For Walks

You should never force your cat to do something he doesn't want. So, when you do go out for a walk with him, he should be eager to do it. 
Walking Your Cat: How To Take Your Cat Out For Walks
Francisco María García

Written and verified by the lawyer Francisco María García.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

Is walking your cat possible? The answer is yes, even though it’s not common. Everyone has seen dog owners taking their dogs out for walks, which is necessary for them to go to the bathroom and get some exercise. However, cats have no need to go out for walks in order to do these things.  Walking your cat is a good way option to get your cat out of the house and enjoy nature. Nevertheless, it’s important to follow certain guidelines to make sure both you and your cat have a positive experience.

Tips for walking your cat

Walking your cat can be an enjoyable experience for the both of you. However, you should remember that walks aren’t necessary for cats. So, follow the tips below to ensure your cat has a positive experience while walking.

Make it a habit

Cats like to be free and don’t usually respond well to harnesses and leashes. Therefore, begin by having your cat use them at a very young age. That way your cat can get used to being on a leash and not feel uncomfortable while walking your cat.


Without a doubt, one of the most important tips to follow is to deworm your cat before taking him out on street. Take your cat to the vets and ask for some advice. At the same time, you should buy a special insect and parasite repellent collar.

A comfortable harness

It’s important for your cat to feel as comfortable as possible. In addition to getting him used to wearing a harness, you should buy a harness that fits him.

Walking your cat can be an enjoyable experience.

Another important factor is the leash. The leash should be long enough not to bother the animal. However, it should be short enough that you can pull the cat away if any problem or danger arises.


Cats are solitary creates and don’t need to socialize as much as dogs. They don’t need to go to the bathroom outside, which why they don’t need to go outside that often. Therefore, it’s important to prepare your cat to leave the house.

Once you have the harness, introduce it to your cat by letting it smell it, look at it and play with it. Then, you can use it for short periods of time inside the house so he gets used to wearing it.

How to walk your cat


Once the cat is usded to the harness, a good test is to take a quick walk outside. Do this by not forcing the cat to go anywhere. You don’t want the animal to feel stressed or pressured. Remember to reward his good behavior while walking your cat.

ID tag

It is important to make sure that your cat has an ID tag on his collar before leaving the house. This way, in case your cat gets scared and runs away, your cat can be returned to you. You should also try to alert your cat to any potential dangers.

Short and controlled walks

The walks should be short and controlled, preferably in calm areas. Remember cats get scared very easily so avoid walking your cat in areas with lots of children or other animals around, especially dogs.

Try avoiding dogs while walking your cat.

On your first walk, you should bring the cat to the door, but let the cat take the first step. Due to the natural curiosity of cats, most likely he will want to go out and explore. It’s important to let the cat decide where you go and determine the route.

Don’t force the cat

The most important thing is to not force the animal to do something that makes him feel uncomfortable. It’s important to take the cat’s personality into consideration. If he is very shy, scared, and reserved, don’t force him.

If the cat has a negetive reaction after taking to out for a walk, then it’s best to stop doing it. It’s a good idea not to bring any stress upon this animal. 

Walking your cat can be a fun and unforgettable experience for the animal. However, keep in mind that cats and dogs are very different. Cats don’t typically need to go outdoors.

Due to the independent nature of cats, it’s important to take your cat out gradually. Get him used to all the elements, and pay close attention to his reactions.

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