Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Harnesses and Confidence?
This might be a dumb thread, but it's a thought. And I'm not sure if it should be in this forum or the behavior one.
My cat is afraid of everything that isn't my family and in our house. She hides when most strangers come, (my friends excluded, mainly just adults and men), she a bit jumpy, and does not do well in the car/having to go anywhere. She's almost 5.
Around us she is very friendly, vocal, and loves being with us, I can't leave the room without her following me, no matter what she's doing. She knows many tricks, and is easy to treat train. She has some problems, as she scratches the wall and couches and such, but what cat doesn't.
Anyways, it's her birthday next month, and I usually buy her a new collar or something, but I was thinking of getting her a harness so I could try and build her confidence going places, if only the backyard and the car. The thing is, I'm not going to live here forever, and I know my parents wont either, she's going to have to move sometime. I'd rather have her comfortable with being able to go somewhere in the car, the vets though she hasn't been there in a long time but emergencies can happen, or whatever. I would just like to find a way to make her not terrified of everything, I don't know if that would be a confidence builder or completely the opposite and make her more fearful. My mother's scared it will make her start darting out the door, but she's darted out the door on and off since we got her, and she gets MAD when you try to round her back in the door.
Any opinions, or if it's possible?