My two indoor kitties have stayed with me in a second floor, 540 sq ft apartment for two years, and enjoyed watching birds outside safely from the balcony. Perhaps letting them get used to a bit of the outdoors via balcony was my mistake, but they loved it.
I'm moving to a single-level, 330 sq ft cottage in the next week, however, and I worry about their restlessness. The windows are not as ideal for bird watching, and they'll no longer have a balcony to go outside on. I also worry about restlessness in the significantly smaller space (although I am very good about playing with them every day... otherwise I don't sleep, haha). I'm thinking it would be cool to harness train them so I can take them into the yard with me for an engaging experience.
I have one boy and one girl cat, both 3 years old decently active and at ideal cat-weight. I have put them in harnesses a few times and, while it's not their favorite thing (boy-cat forgets how to move normally), they don't do too bad.
So my question is If I begin harness training for walks when I move into the new space, will that be beneficial or disadvantageous when trying to teach them?
More specifically - In my head, I imagine that if I start harness/leash training them immediately when placing it in the new space will "normalize" it for them. "Oh - this is a new space and these things happen when I'm in this space." Alternatively, maybe doing so will make them hate the new space, which would be the exact opposite of what I'd want.
Any thoughts on if this is a good or never-do-this-ever type of idea? Any experiences?