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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2005, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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any opinions on keeping a cat on a leash?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2005, 06:05 PM
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I do it (walk my cats on a leash). My main concern is that both figure-8 and H-type harnesses are too easy to get out of. The figure-8 harness is hopeless, and the H-type harness has to be cinched MUCH tighter than the "2-finger" rule. There's something called a "harness vest", which is quite expensive.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2005, 08:59 PM
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If you mean taking a cat for walks on a leash, this is fine. If you mean keeping it tied up outside on a leash...then no, this is bad. Very bad.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2005, 10:04 PM
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I don't see anything wrong with taking a cat out on a leash. However I don't do it. I did it once with my old cat. In my opinion if you want an indoor cat and not have to worry about it wanting out all the time, it's better to never take it out.
My old cat (who got to go out on a leash) would try to escape everytime he saw an open door. My current cats (never set a toe outside) have no desire to go out and I can stand with an open door to call the dogs in and they won't make a move towards it.
Just my 2 cents.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2005, 10:09 PM
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I occasionally take mine out on a harness and a leash. I use a small dog harness and it seems to work well. I don't think it has effected them wanting to go outside. With the exception of Mateo....I beleive he was an outdoor cat before I rescued him from the shelter though.
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