Walking Your Cat On A Leash!

With spring around the corner pretty soon your cat will be pining at the door or window to go outside. Since outdoor cats have lower life expectancies we recommend that you do not give in to the constant meowing no matter how much it tugs at your heart.

Walking Your Cat on a Leash!
Walking Your Cat on a Leash!

Instead, consider training your cat to walk on a lead. While it wouldn’t be your cat’s first choice, they enjoy it nevertheless, and it’s also fun for you to get outside for a walk with your cat.  

This blog is intended to help you train your cat to walk on a lead. We’ve provided a step by step training guideline that includes some tools, tips and general observations from our own experience to help you successfully walk your cat on a lead.  We hope you both enjoy!

General Observations

The earlier you start with your cat or kitten with a harness and lead (or leash) the better. Younger kittens are obviously more open to adopting new ideas than older cats. Having said that, it is not hard or impossible to train a mature cat to walk in a harness and leash. The keys are: using reward and praise; making it a pleasurable experience for your cat; properly accustoming your cat to wearing the harness and; patience…. Your patience, not the cat’s! 

A sure way to ruin your chances is to in any way try to force the issue. You want to avoid a battle of wills at all costs as, we all know who will lose. Ideally, you want to tune yourself in to the cat’s reactions during the training process and effectively let the cat guide you.

Training Guideline

Buy a well-fitting Cat Harness  and a lightweight Cat Lead.  Don’t look at dog leashes as the hardware (snap) is usually too heavy. As well, don’t use a collar as cats can often slip out of them and/or most cat collars are designed to breakaway in the event of a snag. Should the cat pull or dart with the leash attached to a breakaway collar it could easily do what it has been designed to do (break away) and your cat is gone. Go with a well-fitting harness and nothing else.

Once you buy the harness and leash DO NOT run home and immediately try to take your cat to the outside. Set aside the fact that your cat has been meowing at the window or door for months. If you introduce the concept in the wrong way, you will lose any chance to walk the cat on a leash. INSTEAD, take the new harness and leash out of the packaging and simply place them somewhere near one of your cat’s favorite sleeping places or hiding spots. The intent is to let your cat sniff and become accustomed to them over a few days.

Your first training session, and many after, will be just before a regular feeding time. As above, a key technique is to use reward and praise. Cats are the most receptive just before feeding and you can use this as a training advantage. 

After your cat has become accustomed to the new items for a few days, put the harness on your cat just before the regular feeding time and then immediately put down the food.

Praise excessively when the meal is done and let him/her wear the harness around for a while. If your cat is bothered by the harness after the meal pull out a favorite toy for distraction and to extend the harness experience. Take the harness off after a short, reasonable time and look toward longer experiences in subsequent training exercises.

Repeat the harness, feeding and toy exercise over the next several days. Gradually try to extend the period that your cat has the harness on and isn’t bothered by it. If your cat immediately accepts the harness and has no issues in this regard DO NOT skip ahead on any of the next steps. While your cat might be exceptional and you may be a gifted cat trainer, there is still trouble ahead.

Now that your cat is used to the harness attach the leash but, don’t hold onto the other end. Do this inside your house. Let your cat get used to it and drag it around but watch your cat during this process to ensure it doesn’t become tangled on furniture. Do not leave your cat alone with the leash attached.

Let that exercise continue for a few days and remember to praise your cat every time you put on the harness, attach the leash, etc. Again, the keys are reward, praise, accustoming your cat and your patience.

Next, pick up the end of the leash and follow your cat around the house for a few more days. Be careful not to restrict it’s movement by keeping the tension slack. DO NOT try to force it to go anywhere that it doesn’t want to go and whatever you do, don’t try to get it to heal! Dogs will heal, not cats.

Next, start to teach your cat to follow you by encouraging and talking to it in a fun, cajoling manner while lightly pulling on the leash. Make it pleasurable, praise excessively, and use plenty of the favorite cat treats. At this stage particularly you do not want a war of wills. If your cat objects, stop until it relaxes. Try again later or wait until tomorrow, just before feeding time. Again, patience!

Once you have mastered it around the house, the great outdoors is the next step. Start slow in the backyard or a small enclosed outside area. Although your cat has been pining for the outdoors they are usually quite nervous when first provided the opportunity.Once outdoors, gradually increase your range and experiences with your cat. Be careful that you are not walking routes commonly used by dog walkers. A confrontation with a dog could cause your cat to panic and you want to avoid this, especially early on. As time goes on, your cat may become accustomed to dogs and this will not be a concern.

Why Choose Petacular’s Professional Grooming Salon?

There are many good pet grooming salons in London, Ontario, but only one Petacular Grooming Salon! This is what sets Petacular apart:


  • One-On-One Personalized Care:
    • Unlike other salons, Petacular is always a one-on-one experience for your pet.
    • No strange pets’ will be booked for an appointment at the same time as yours and we never overlap appointments times.
    • Only one groomer will be taking care of your pet. This makes the experience a more relaxing and less stressful experience for your special pet.
    • We understand that every pet has different personalities and traits. We cater every appointment to your pets’ needs!
  • We love the Earth!
    • We take pride in using products that are safe for the environment. All our shampoos (excluding the flea bath) are 100% environmentally friendly.  We love the earth and we love your pets’ so why not take care of both?
  • Your pet equals your choices!
    • We work with YOU to get your pets’ hairstyle to look as close to what you want as possible, while staying in the confines of what your pets’ hair can achieve.
    • Upgrade your pets’ bath to one of our specialized shampoos or treatments
    • If you want your pet to have a Mohawk we can make it happen!
  • 100% certified groomers!
    • All our Petacular groomers have graduated and achieved certificates/diplomas from hands-on grooming schools
    • All new employees receive training with our staff to ensure their technique is on par with our requirements.
Petacular Grooming Salon -Services and Prices**


A Bath and/or Brush Appointment Includes:

  • Fur assessment by a trained professional
  • Massage and a Bath with Earthbath shampoo
    • or waterless bath
    • or no bath at all (does not change the price)
  • Blow dry or cage dry
  • Conditioning Earthbath cologne
    • Or no cologne
  • Brush out (See De-shedding Add Ons for more options)
  • Nail clip
  • Ear cleaning
  • For additional services please see BATH UPGRADES and GROOMING SERVICE ADD ONS

A Full Groom Appointment Includes:

  • Fur, skin and body assessment by a trained professional
  • Massage and a Bath with regular Earthbath shampoo
    • or waterless bath
    • or no bath at all (does not change the price)
  • Blow dry or cage dry
  • Trim, clip, shave
  • Brush and style
  • Nail clip
  • Ear cleaning
  • For additional services please see BATH UPGRADES and GROOMING SERVICE ADD ONS
Grooming Appointment Price** List
Pet Type and Size Bath and/or Brush Full Groom
Rabbit* $40 N/A
Cat $40-50 $65-$75
Toy, X-Small and Small (under 20lbs) $35-40 $40-$50
Medium (under 40lbs) $40 $50-60
Medium-large (under 60lbs) $40-50 $60-80
Large (under 80lbs) $50-70+ $80+
X-Large and Giant (over 80 pounds) $70+ $120+


Bath Upgrades
Problem Ask us to Add: Price
BUGS!!! Flea/Tick Bath or See Flea Fee $15
Oily or greasy skin/fur

Foreign substance in fur

Degreasing Bath – one or two applications depending on severity $10-20

Sensitive skin

Hypo-Allergenic Bath and No cologne $7
Itchy and/or flaky skin

Mildly irritated skin

Medicated Bath and Hot Spot/Itch Relief Spray $10
Mild Shedding

Shedding prevention

De-Shedding BATH ONLY

–        See De-Shedding add on if needed


Or “My pet stinks”

De-Skunk Bath – one or two applications depending on severity $10-20
Dull or stained Coat Whitening/ Brightening Bath $7


ADD ONS (See Walk Ins for walk in pricing)
Anal Gland Expressing $10
De-shedding bath with extra brushing $15-$30
Nose Balm: Sooths and protects dry noses $7
Paw Treatment:  Soothing paw massage for dry/cracked paw pads and temporary protection from cold, salt and hot pavement $7
Specialty Styling: Mohawk, Full body Mohawk, Artistic Stencilling $7-20
Teeth Brushing and fresh breath spray $10


Mandatory Grooming Service Fees  
FLEA FEE Fleas are present on the pet $15
MATTED DOG FEE Pet is extremely matted/tangled $15
LATE PICK UP FEE $20 for the first hour plus an additional $10 per 30 mins


WALK-IN SERVICE – Only available when a staff member trained in the service is on duty and available.
Anal Gland Expressing $15
Bird* Nails and/or Wing clip $10
Ear Cleaning $10
Ear Cleaning with plucking $15
Face Clip $10+
Nail Clip $10

Sunday 12-5pm

Paw Trim/Paw Pad Shave Out $15+
Rabbit* Anal Gland Cleaning $10+
Rabbit* Sanitary Clean up $15+
Sanitary Clip $15
Matted Spot Shave $7+
Teeth Brushing with fresh breath spray $10

*Only available when an employee trained in these procedures is present.  Due to the sensitive nature of rabbits, we will never shave or bath a rabbit.  We can clean sanitary areas and trim out/ thin out matted hair, only when it is safe to do so.  Please call before walking in, so we can ensure a safe and stress free environment for your pet. Please ensure your rabbit/bird is in perfect health and can handle the trip to the salon stress free.  If the animal shows any signs of distress we will stop the procedure and discontinue the groom.

**Until your pet is fully assessed in person by our groomer, all prices listed (including verbal prices) are estimates only.  See the section on FEES for special situations that may cause an increase in price.  Most booked appointments are for services that take a minimum of one hour.  See the WALK IN price list for services that do not need an appointment or call the store and speak to our groomer.

Fromm Pet Foods & Food Safety


Fromm Pet Food

One of our favorite brands is the Fromm Family pet foods. Aside from a fabulous array of formulas, including many grain free options for dogs and cats, the thing we like best is the Fromm dedication to food safety. In fact, we feed Fromm to our own pets for that very reason.

Rather than reiterate all of the things that Fromm does well in the food safety area, we have re-printed what they have to say about it below. The following is reprinted from the Fromm website at https://frommfamily.com/about/food-safety/


We own and operate two manufacturing facilities in our home state of Wisconsin — located in Mequon and Columbus. Every bag of Fromm dog and cat food originates from one of these facilities. Owning and operating our plants allows us to have full control over the quality and safety of the products we produce. This encompasses everything including, sanitation and pest control, facility maintenance, employee training, sourcing of ingredients, in-house lab analysis, preparation of meat and produce, formulation and blending, processing, packaging, warehousing and distribution.


Part of the overall commitment we have to you — the pet parent— and to your pet is our dedication to producing high quality, safe and consistent pet foods. We have made food safety our highest priority and have implemented HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) programs in our manufacturing plants. HACCP is a comprehensive preventative program used to identify vulnerabilities and establish documented controls to alleviate the potential issue.


Our Approved Supplier Program ensures that ingredients have been tested by our suppliers and are secure and unadulterated until they are received at our plants. The ingredients are sampled and not unloaded until our own on-site testing labs can verify the safety and integrity of the received load. In process testing is also done at our labs to confirm our formulations are complying with guaranteed analysis as stated on our labels.

All of our packaged pet foods are sampled and tested by an outside lab for pathogenic bacteria. The product is held and cannot be shipped until lab results are obtained and the product is cleared. This is the final step that ensures that all of our pet foods are wholesome and unadulterated.


Every package of Fromm product you find on retail shelves includes a unique batch code which allows us to trace each product through processing, formulation and back to the individual ingredient supplier.


Compliance to federal, state and local regulations is of the utmost importance. To ensure this compliance we perform audits of our procedures, programs and documentation on a regular basis. We are also subjected to random and periodic inspections performed by outside agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Pamper Your Kitty With A Luxurious Grooming At Our Spa!

Cats are incredibly persnickety by nature. You have most likely witnessed your kitty involved in lengthy bathing sessions several times a day. For the most part, cats are able to take care of themselves quite well. However, sometimes they need a little help.

Bringing your favorite feline to Petacular’s experienced cat groomers in London, Ontario has a number of major advantages. We have the training skills and experience with cat grooming to get your cat looking beautiful with minimal trauma.

If you have never dealt with matted and tangled cat hair at home, you run the serious risk of injuring your kitty, which in some cases will lead to the need of immediate veterinary attention. Therefore, such cat grooming is best left to the professionals here at Petacular.

Even if you have a fair amount of expertise when it comes to wielding a metal comb and a slicker brush, you may still want to turn to cat grooming professionals like us from time to time. Perhaps your kitty has a particularly bad tangle or mat, maybe it is an especially heavy shedding period, or maybe you just want to show your beloved feline a little extra love with the full treatment. Regardless of your reasons for bringing your cat to us for a quality grooming session, you can rest assured that she will get the very best attention and great care will be taken to get your kitty looking her very best.

Regular brushing and combing will stimulate your cat’s skin and help to keep her coat healthy and clean. Shorthaired cats need a good combing or brushing at least once a week, while longhaired cats should receive this basic grooming about every other day. We offer a variety of quality cat grooming supplies.

In addition, cat’s ears, eyes, nails and teeth need to be checked on a regular basis. Some cats are prone to tearing and need their eyes wiped with a soft and warm, moist cloth. Their ears can build up with wax or dirt; therefore, they need to be checked at least twice each month. In some cases, the matter needs to be flushed out by a professional cat groomer.

The nails need to be clipped at least once a month. Without the proper care and experience, there is risk of trimming the nail to the quick and causing pain or bleeding. Fortunately, we have plenty of experience with trimming nails, and you can bring your kitty in on Wednesdays and Sundays for a great discount on nail clipping.

Petacular specializes in cat grooming in the London, Ontario, area. We appreciate the special needs of your cat. We go to great lengths to ensure maximum comfort and safety. Bring your kitty in today for a luxurious cat grooming session.

Dog Dental Care

Dog Dental Care

Dogs are a very important part of our family and dental care is very important for your dog. They live, eat and sleep with us. When we are feeling sad, dogs comfort us or cheer us up. They have strange ability to make us laugh, even when we are having a bad day. They help us keep healthy, by taking them for walks in the fresh air, so we get exercise also. Our cherished companions love us unconditionally. It is our responsibility as owners to make sure they live as happy and healthy life as humanly possible. This is very little, for the happiness they bring into our lives. Dog dental care products.

There is nothing worse than your wonderful dog breathing on you with bad breath. The most common cause of this is the tartar buildup on its teeth or gum disease caused by untreated tartar. Tartar is composed of small, decomposed food particles. Oral bacterial love and thrive in this and form plaque. The oral infections and plaque cause the dogs gums to recede and become infected, giving your dog bad breath.

You can prevent this from happening by brushing your dogs teeth every day and taking him to the vet for regular checkups. Manufacturers make special toothbrushes and toothpaste just for dogs. Never use human toothpaste on your pets, as it could harm them. There is flavored toothpaste available that dogs usually like so this makes brushing their teeth a little easier. For smaller dogs there are finger brushes, which you put the toothpaste on. The vets, pet stores or pet supply places often carry these.

Another great way to keep your pets teeth healthy is giving them dental chew bones with enzymes to help prevent plaque and bacteria. Rawhide is another product that is good for your pet’s teeth. Many rawhide chews stop plaque forming because they contain enzymes. Chicken, fish, turkey and pork bones are dangerous to your pet as they splinter, so these are definitely a no-no. There are dog cookies on the market made specifically to prevent tartar buildup in dogs.

Slurp N'FreshSlurp N’ Fresh and Nature’s Dentist are convenient products that fight tartar and plaque build-up and also help the breath. Slurp N’ Fresh is simply added to your pet’s drinking water and Nature’s Dentist is sprinkled on the food. These products then take care of the rest for you. Both are all natural.

No matter how well you clean your pet’s teeth or what chews you give your dog, as they age most will need a dental cleaning performed by your vet. Never put this off, as it is Nature's Dentistextremely important to the health of your animal. Cleaning your dog’s teeth is very similar to having our teeth cleaned except they sedate your pet. Because of today’s technology, this procedure is extremely safe and the vet uses monitoring systems for the safely of your dog.
Our London store carries a complete line of dog dental care products or dental products for cats.

Dog Poop – Doggy Waste, Bags, Disposal & Removal

Many new dog owners quickly realize that the cuddly ball of fur they brought home is actually a pooping and peeing machine in disguise!  This new dog poop and pee machine produces many loads per day, it doesn’t necessarily care where it goes, and the owner has to clean-up after all of that!  AND, the cuddly ball of fur will continue to do its business for the next 10-20 years!!

This article is intended to help you deal with the practical challenges of cleaning up after dog poop and pee. Hopefully we will make your life easier as you pick up after the dog poop each and every day over the next 10-20 years.


First and foremost, if you feed your dog high quality, nutritionally dense food you will get less coming out at the other end. This will also make for a much healthier dog and just like people, dogs are what they eat. The feeding instructions on a bag of high quality dog food, for example, will typically be 3-4 cups per day for a 100 lb dog. The feeding instructions on a low quality dog food, by comparison, will typically be 10-14 cups per day. Granted, the lower quality dog food will be cheaper but, given the amount of fillers that your dog can’t utilize in the 14 cup per day food, do you really want to pick that up in your back yard every day!?

Poop Pick-Up

Every dog owner should pick up its dogs poop every single time!!! WITH EMPHASIS! Unfortunately, some don’t and it is you and I that end up stepping in it! Here are some simple tricks or products that will help with the dog poop pick-up:

1) The Newspaper Trick – bring a newspaper with you on your next walk. When your dog has squatted and is now fully committed to having his/her poop, slide the newspaper underneath and let your dog go on it. When done, simply fold the newspaper up with the poop inside and continue your walk to the nearest garbage can. Yes, your dog will look back at you for the first couple of times wondering what the heck you are doing with that paper, but remember, the dog is already committed to pooping and they aren’t going anywhere!! Many people ask we’ve trained our dogs to poop on the paper, but really, there is no training at all!

2) Doggy Bags – most owners prefer using doggy bags. In this case, try to use bio-degradable pick-up bags as there will be a lot of them over the years and it adds up to quite a bit of plastic going into the landfill. Earth Rated offers a full line of modestly priced bio-degradable pick up bags, from bags with handles to those on a roll with a handy dispenser. They are available in a Lavender scent or unscented.

3) Poop Scoop – is used mainly around your backyard as they are too cumbersome to be bringing with you on walks. Many different garden tools or shovels will work and cheap pooper scoopers can be found in many pet, hardware or big box stores.


What do you do with all of that dog poop you’ve been scooping up around your yard? Well, most of the time it goes out with the garbage but some municipalities are now banning the practice or are encouraging dog owners to compost the waste. This isn’t a bad idea as you can imagine how much space dog poop takes up in our limited landfill areas, or what a mess it makes when a full bag of poop breaks as the garbage-man is throwing it into the truck!

The Waste Manager Dog Waste Disposal System is a small septic tank that is installed into your backyard to hold and break down the dog waste that you pick up each day. It uses digestive enzymes to naturally break down the dog poop so that you don’t have to throw it in the garbage. Refill digestive enzymes are also available at Petacular at Waste Manager Natural Clean Up Tablets.


 Rolling in the Poop



Believe it or not, many dogs will roll in dog poop given the chance, or in the smelliest pile of fish entrails or similar garbage that they can find. We’re not exactly sure why they do so or enjoy it so much, but assume that it is related to their basic hunting instincts and how they smell downwind to potential prey (i.e. a dog hunting for lunch is better off not smelling like a dog). Often dog owners are caught completely by surprise, or don’t immediately realize what their dog is actually rolling in until too late! If it happens to you, and it probably will, we recommend Earthbath Pet Shampoo, the highest quality line of all-natural, bio-degradable pet shampoo. Each formula cleans safely and gently while leaving your pet’s coat bright, shiny and smelling better than ever before. 

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