Great news Scorpa!!!!
Now that I have moved closer to the city, my cat has to remain indoors for his safety. He is so depressed since he's always been able to run free. He's used to running across empty fields and laying out in the sun. He's getting fat without the excersize. I'm going to have to get him used to a harness and get him outside.
Aww...poor Dr. Foofer. Yeah, sounds like you moved into a pretty small place compared to even the house he was used to. I have toys everywhere for Ember so she doesn't get bored (I make her run up and down the stairs to catch her fuzzy mice, balls and feather lures, so she gets lots of exercise...though she got her booster shots yesterday and is just moping around today acting grouchy ). I got her used to a harness too, though the neighbors' dogs must all have fleas, because every time I took her outside, she'd come in with a stowaway flea. It took a little time to get her used to it, but with some patience, it can be done. I started out with just putting it on, giving her a treat, and taking it back off about a minute later, and then gradually started to put it on and let her play with the end of the lead (that was more fun than a treat). When I first put it on her, she crouch down and roll around and definitely was focused on getting it off. When she stopped rolling around so much, and just crouched down, I would use the lead or a feather lure to distract her and get her walking with the harness on. It's not like walking a dog where you are in the lead and they follow. I had to just let her do the leading while I followed to get her used to the idea of this thing around her and me following.
I haven't gone so far as to try walking her around the block or anything...I think I'd laugh to hard at myself for that. But, she can go out on the deck with me on nice days and chase falling leaves or crickets. I used to let her go out and play in the grass too, but that's where she was picking up the fleas, so she only gets to go as far as I do on the deck now (I've sprayed the lawn for fleas, but of course I'm also not letting her walk through insecticide-sprayed lawn either). Then again, I have her fooled into thinking the garage is someplace she's not supposed to be, so it's a really big treat if she "sneaks" past me into the garage.
Or, you could just put up your Christmas tree early. I started to assemble mine this weekend (so I can do the rest of the decorating over the Thanksgiving weekend), and Ember is once again enjoying climbing it. Which reminds me that I need to get some string to secure it to the wall so she doesn't topple it...she's not as light as she was last year, but now wants to climb all the way to the top...I've been half hoping she will knock it over before I start putting on ornaments so she'll be scared away from it, but also worried that she'll crash it into something that I don't want broken (like me or her!)