My cat really wants to get outside, he sits by the door meowing and has been chattering at all the birds outside as well. The problem is that I live in a heavily wooded area, and know that there are coyotes and fisher cats among others that live out here with me. We’ve had outdoor cats in the past, but they’ve all ended up disappearing and not coming back whatever the cause was. So, if I’m going to let my new kitty (named Beebo) out, I want to make sure it’s with a harness and leash.
However, when I put the harness on him, he just drops to the ground and doesn’t really seem to function anymore, so it clear that he does not like it. It was my dog’s harness when she was younger, and when it’s tightened all the was it’s still just a tad too big for him, so the problem isn’t the harness being too tight.
Do you have any suggestions on how I could make him more comfortable in the harness? I keep telling him “if you want to go outside, this is how we have to do it” and each time we try he doesn’t like it, but continues to meow to get outside throughout the day.
I am trying to be a reasonable father to the little guy, so I'm open to all suggestions.