Curious cat on a leash likes to take its owner for walks (VIDEO)
Meet Amadeus, the cat who has some awesome doglike qualities.
The ginger cat loves to go for walks on a leash (and gives his owner a serious workout when he's in tow), and his walking skills can be seen on a YouTube video uploaded by owner Derek F.
I definitely could not get my cat to go for a walk. In fact, just thinking of his grumpy face is enough to put me off the idea.
But apparently cats on a leash are a thing, and more cats than you thought actually enjoy walking on a leash — so you should give it a shot at least once or twice to see if yours is one of them.
"A lot of cats love to go outside and smell things, see things and roll around in sand and grass and dirt. They love to scratch real trees. Those are things they can do on a walk," Sherry Woodard, animal behaviour consultant at Best Friends Animal Society, told Huffington Post.
But if you do want to start walking your cat, you first need to find him a harness that fits properly and comfortably, and then it's best to start at home.
According to Adventure Cats, you need to get your pet used to the idea of walking on a harness — and to do so with positive reinforcement. Leave the harness next to its food or hold out the leash for it to sniff, and then reward them with delicious treats after.
The next step?
"Put the harness on right before mealtime, so that the dinner distracts him from the new sensation and keeps him from focusing on removing it," Dr. Kat Miller, director of ASPCA anti-cruelty behaviour research, told the publication. "Do this several days in a row until he seems comfortable with it."
When you see he is comfortable with it, you can fasten the harness and adjust the fit. The site recommends that you leave the harness on for a few minutes and reward your cat with food and repeat the process over the next few days to see how your cat reacts to the harness.
If he shows he is comfortable, you can attach the leash, and then comes the fun part (for both of you): Practise walking your cat in your home, keeping the leash loose and praising him for his progress with love and treats.
This is not a process that is going to happen overnight, but if you're patient, your kitty may be the next Amadeus.