If you have plans to travel and adventure with your cat, it is important to take the time to properly introduce them to new situations and environments. Many people want to give it a try, but they end up going about it in the wrong way. Patience is key, and the training process varies in length depending on your cat.
In this episode of the KittyCatGO Adventure Podcast, I speak with cat behaviorist Ingrid Johnson about how to introduce your cat to new situations. It’s important to respect your cat’s limitations and comfort zone so you set them up for success.
Overview of the Episode:
- Tips for properly introducing your cat to new situations and environments
- How even just exploring in the backyard or on a back porch is a great way to enrich your cat’s life
- How to tell when your cat is nervous
- The importance of having a safe space when exploring, like a backpack carrier or stroller
- How to overcome negative exploring experiences
- The importance of respecting your cat’s limitations and comfort zone
- Finding the kind of adventure your cat enjoys and is comfortable with
- Tips for introducing your cat to new people and how to handle environments when there are other people around
- Meeting up with fellow cat adventurers
- Keeping your adventures positive and safe
- Clicker training outdoors
- Places to go with your cat
- Figuring out why your cat might run when you pull the harness out and how to fix that
- Our Star Wars kitties
- How to become a cat behaviorist
- How to handle door dashing kitties
- How to handle dog-aggressive cats
- Ways to bring the outside in to your cat
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Where to Find Ingrid:
Facebook: Fundamentally Feline
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About the Author
Emily Hall is “mom” to seven cats, one dog, and two sugar gliders. She has been writing in the pet industry for almost 10 years, with a focus on traveling and adventuring with cats. Emily and her husband enjoy hiking, road-tripping, camping, and canoeing with their three cat adventurers. Read more about her here.