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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 2:19 pm 
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I would like for my bengal to do this. He is just 9 weeks old. When should I start working on this so he gets used to it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 4:07 pm 
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As soon as possible for a little while at a time, indoors - there's no reason why you can't start now, supervised. 8)

You can buy special kitten harnesses which are thinner and more suited to a kittens small body frame. You can then progress to an adult one as he grows.

The earlier you start, the more likely he will get used to walking on a leash. Some cats take to it, some don't - some just need a bit of practise!

Try just attaching the harness to him first, without the lead. As soon as he's comfortable with it all, you can try for the great outdoors.
Good luck! :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 8:26 pm 
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I started Mellika and Raffiki when they were about 3 months old and Teeko 4 months, they all love going for "walkies" now. I use walking jackets instead of harnesses because they seem more comfortable.

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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 2:08 pm 
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I started with Onyx when he had his second shots so 9 weeks old ;).

He didn't like the harness inside for forgotten all about it once outside :lol:.

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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 1:32 am 
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i have a kitten here who is 10 weeks old. i'm currently getting him used to wearing his harness ready for when he leaves home at 13 weeks.

the first time i put it on he tried to bite it a few times, got bored of it & carried on playing. i think if you put it on & distract them with toys, they hardly even notice it's there. it only takes a couple of goes before they are comfortable with it.

each cat is different, play it by ear but make it fun & give lots of praise so your kitten doesn't relate it to stress :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:50 pm 
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Hi

I put my two in a Harness for the first time on the weekend. Both didn't mind the harness (given thet are both 1 year old I was pleasantly surprised!) but Khaan got spooked on his first time outdoors and now whenever I take him out he just meows pitifully and hides in a bush or between my legs. I tried to play with him, stroke him to reassure him etc. but he just lays down and refuses to budge! I don't want to upset but how can I get his confidence back? Any suggestions greatly welcomed

Khaan & Hobbes


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:37 pm 
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Perhaps he is trying to tell you that he does not want to be an outdoors cat and would much prefer to stop in the home

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:39 pm 
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Maybe you're right. He's a really sensitive boy and if anything upsets him just once he'll go to any length to avoid the trigger again no matter how trivial it may seem to us. I don't think he's very happy with me at all for taking him outdoors as he's been ignoring me ever since!! :( A cat that has attitude heh!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:31 pm 
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I got Hetzer at 12 weeks, harness on at 13 weeks for a couple of minutes (he went a bit nutty). Second go I stuck with it and he calmed down after a couple of minutes of wrestling and biting at it. A couple more times of leaving it on for an hour and he totally ignored it. Then the lead, which he fought for a while until he'd gotten used to that too. Then we went camping and took him for walks and he was fine. You can't move a cat along by pulling it, they will do their own thing, so I picked him up every twenty feet or so and carried him until he wanted to get back down, repeat continuously. I think as he gets older he'll be more amenable to keeping up. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:35 pm 
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I first put Gucci in a harness at about 4-5months old and she wasn't having any of it. She would sit and refuse to move for the first few times and then wriggled around meowing. So i put it on her once a day for an hour or so til she started moving around and getting used to it. She soon forgot all about it and seemed ok-ish with wearing it.
I took her outside on a lead a couple weeks later, though she barely moved and took me a bit of gentle tugging to get her to shift a few inches, she seemed to love the outdoors. Now that shes been outside a few times she constantly wants to get outside whenever shes indoors (shes a house cat) and tries to squeeze through tiny window gaps, and meows....alot.
Even now though, 4weeks later, she still doesnt move much when on the lead. So i dont take her out much.

Any tips?? :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:17 am 
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My 3 love going out on their harnesses. I'm currently "training" my 6 month old Snowshoe with the harness on indoors for short amounts of time...I'm going to have to work on some more distractions as she was determined to get it off lol but then all of them started off like that. Now they can't wait to get out of the door! Every time I open the front door my youngest Bengal swipes her paws at the latch - I'm sure one day she will open that door lol :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:03 pm 
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I have just read all above and got some great tips, My cats will be indoor kitties, so I am hoping to have them trained on a lead, swiftly!! :lol:

When we visited our kitties last week, I did make one observation though. whilst one was very playful and kept trying to climb up my leg, the other one just cowered in the corner and was really nervous when I tried to hold her she just wanted down.

I think I have my work cut out with her. She will eventually learn to trust us as she gets to know us better, so I wont stress about it.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:21 pm 
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We use Walking jackets instead of harnesses and the benglies really seem to prefer them, they are quite hard to get hold of (the jackets not the benglies :lol: ) but a lovely lady who breeds made all ours.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:27 pm 
Thats another item added to my "to get" list :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:11 pm 
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Sherark

I have searched the net, UK but cant find the walking jackets, i have seen them on a link but its american. where did yo get yours from.

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