I agree with Jan Rebecca...slooooooooowww. I have 3 cats and have only taken out 2. One cat is very nervous and she HATES going outdoors so I have pretty much given up with her. I don't want to stress her out about it. I want to train them to go out for walks and for them to be able to enjoy the outdoors close and personal.
My other cat, she is very outgoing, and she is hesitant at first. She still does not like wearing the harness, but once she realizes she's going outside, she forgets about it, and begins exploring, mostly around the perimeter of the house, but she spends a good hour or so walking me around in circles and up and down the steps.
I haven't tried it with the third cat, but I feel she may be more receptive once she sees the other more outgoing cat outside and enjoying herself, particuarly since they are best friends...we'll see.
Now, having said that, walking a cat is not like walking a dog. It's more like the cat walking you. They lead the way and decide when to stop and when to walk. They do not respond well to tugging and their physical structure is such that you can really hurt them by pulling on the leash a bit too eagerly. If you plan on driving to the vet and just using the harness to get her into the car and such, it should be fine, but if the vet is walking distance away, that may not work so well; they scare easily sometimes, and may attempt to hide or scurry under something, etc., and if you cannot lift her, that may not end up so well.
Last edited by dweamgoil; 05-24-2011 at 12:00 PM.