Since cats can only contract the parasite in the first place by eating contaminated raw or undercooked meat or consuming an infected rodent, the CDC also recommends keeping your cat inside and keeping its paws away from raw meat. Animal trainer Samantha Martin`s troupe of traveling felines that play musical instruments, jump through hoops and skateboard will convince any naysayer that cats can indeed be trained. Krieger added that the idea that a cat`s behavior is set in stone is one of the most detrimental cat myths.This reporter tried Martin`s clicker training tips and had her cat giving high-fives in no time. My friend`s 13 years old cat Siru is enjoying her evening nap under the warmth of the working light. Not all cats are cut out to be adventure cats and that`s OK. So before you purchase a harness — and well before you pack up the litter box and tent — assess your kitty`s personality to see if he might enjoy adventuring or if he`s more of a catio type of cat. Helping your cat adjust to a harness and engaging in days or weeks` worth of training may not be the photo-worthy moments you`ve been dreaming of, but it`s a very important step to getting your kitty adventure-ready.Our suggestions: Check out the Puppia soft mesh harnesses, which have come widely recommended to us (so much so that we recently started selling them ), and also the Kitty Holster walking vest, one of two brands that cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy recommended to The New York Times. Just as you needed to learn how to ride a bike before you went coasting down a big hill, your cat needs proper preparation to adjust to this new experience.If your feline is still just a kitten, he or she may take to a harness and leash walking easily; however, it can be much more trying if you`re working with an older cat. This doesn`t mean older cats won`t ever be comfortable wearing a harness and walking on a leash. Don`t be alarmed if your cat goes limp, lies down, refuses to walk or walks strangely the first few times he dons his harness.You`re likely itching to get your kitty`s paws into the dirt as soon as possible, but the early new year may be too chilly for cats in colder climates. Talk to your veterinarian before taking your cat outside, and while you`re there, ensure that your kitty is up to date on vaccinations and flea, tick and heartworm treatments. Your little adventure cat may always come when called or never venture too far from you, but accidents happen. Also be ready to give your cat a lift if he`s tired, the terrain is tough or it`s a particularly hot day. Your cat may want to explore only every now and then, so make sure he`s comfortable nestled in a backpack or perched atop your shoulder.