How to get your cat comfortable with a leash
Staying indoors helps keep your cat safe from accidents and predators, but you can safely take your indoor cat outdoors! All you need is a harness, a 4- to 6-foot leash and the time and patience for some training.
Begin by allowing your cat to become familiar with these new items. Leave the harness lying out for a few days so your cat can inspect it. Then, attempt to put it on her. Go slowly and don’t force it. If she resists, back away and try again later.
Once your cat is ready and wearing the harness, attach the leash and let your cat drag it, but be sure to watch and follow. Then hold the leash and follow her for short indoor walks.
After the two of you become comfortable with indoor walks, attempt to move outdoors. Again, go slowly and return inside if your cat becomes too afraid. Be sure to praise her, pet her and give her a treat as she makes progress outside. And never pull on the leash—if you need to redirect her, pick her up and carry her instead.