Would You Leash-Train Your Cat?

Would You Leash-Train Your Cat?

I remember when I first moved to Philadelphia, there was a man who walked his cat in Rittenhouse Square Park. I was amazed. (I tried this once with my cat when I was twelve, but not surprisingly, he refused to budge once on a leash.) The cat in the park was an altogether different story, though. He was enjoying his walk, and somehow, despite all of the pedestrians and dogs milling about, remained calm as a cucumber...

As The New York Times points out, it is possible to train your cat to walk on a leash. And in fact, it may even be good for them, especially if they're having behavioral issues. Cats are born hunters, and allowing them supervised time in the great outdoors can help them burn off excess feline energy. (My hunch is that my six month old kitten, Milo, would love this.) However, I'm not sure that I'm quite ready to take one step closer to the thin line that divides pet lover and crazy cat lady...

How about you? Would you do it? Have you tried it before? If so, what was your experience?

For a video and the complete article, visit Nine Lives, One Leash | The New York Times

Image: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

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