walk my cat

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Registered: 07-02-1999
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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 8:32am

It has become a big thing to walk your cat on a leash/harness. What do you think? Is it something you have tried? Would you be willing to try it?

I have to admit, I haven't done it with mine, though I am curious. That being said, I have taken a current foster Doc out on a harness/leash. He has a blast (you can see it here).  And I have walked cats at Best Friends before (they do it for enrichment).

 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
In reply to: tiggs_mom
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 10:16am

I tried leash training a couple of my cats over the years.  It was good and bad.  Good they could go out and see, smell and touch grass and everything outside.  Bad because they were starting to want to go out all of the time, not just when I had time to take them out. They would run out when a door was open.  Dh build me an enclosure for them which works out much better.

Doc is just adorable on his leash.  I think it's good for cats to get outdoors if they are kept safe.

 

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Registered: 05-29-2012
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Fri, 07-27-2012 - 2:51pm
I never had any luck with leashes or harnesses on my cats. We live on a highway so I don't let them out. One of them could care less, and the other literally tries to dig his way out. So we ended up screening in our back deck, and now both cats (and me) are much happier (in the summer anyway).
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Sun, 07-29-2012 - 9:33pm
I would love to have an enclosure where mine could have some outside time. But not possible in the condo. My adults won't put on the harness and I doubt they would enjoy the "great" outdoors. But Doc certainly had a good time.
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Wed, 08-01-2012 - 10:33am

I don't think that there's any way my cats would stand for that.  Ari loves to explore/lie around in our fenced in back yard.  I keep an eye on him, & he's perfectly happy w/that.  He actually will wait on the top of the deck for me to come out.  He doesn't trust himself w/out supervision!  

My mom has a cat, Simon, who loves to go outside but doens't behave very well in the yard.  She tried to put a harness on him, & he just toppled over like he couldn't move.  :smileywink:

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Registered: 03-24-2000
In reply to: lcni
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 10:21am

That's good that Ari is a good boy in your fenced back yard.

I tried to put a harness on Trouble when he was younger and he toppled over too and acted like he couldn't walk too.  He did it several times and we just canned that idea.

 

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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 10:25am

That's the same problem I had when I started leash training on a couple of my cats years ago.  They wanted outside all of the time and would just sit by the door waiting for someone to go in our out.  They were good and fast about darting out when anyone opened the door. 

 

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Registered: 11-01-1999
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Wed, 08-15-2012 - 10:13am

It is against the law in my city for cats to run free.  They must be indoor cats or on leash.  In all my 65 years of life, I have never walked a cat on a leash.

I am owned by a 7-year-old purebred Siamese, who has never been outdoors.  When I adopted him from the rescue, I had to sign a pledge that he would be an indoor cat. 

Tuesday Morning had a huge sale of pet supplies recently, and I was in there looking for cheap deals on collars and harnesses to donate to Pug Rescue.  Someone beat me to it, and they were sold out of the doggie sizes I needed.  But on a whim I bought Dylan a cat harness.  I thought I might give it a try, and maybe it would be useful when we have to go to the vet or if we had to evacuate the house for some reason.  Siamese are very "dog-like" cats, after all.

But I still have not put the harness on Dylan.  And yes, I do think once he has been outside, even in the back yard, he will go nuts wanting to go out all the time to chase bugs and birds.

A woman I used to work with (she married my former boss) lives by a golf course.  She regularly leashes her cats and walks them on the golf course at 11 PM or midnight.  She loves her cats and is a good pet mom, but she marches to the beat of a different drummer, if you know what I mean.

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Thu, 08-16-2012 - 8:43am
Yeah - it can backfire. A woman adopted a cat from the shelter where I volunteer and the cat got out and was brought to the shelter where we discovered who it was and called the owners. Seems he was jumping the door when they went to walk the dog. I suggested a harness and leash for the cat and training so he would associate walking the dog with going outside also. But it doesn't always work as planned.
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Thu, 08-16-2012 - 8:44am
It helps that Doc is only about 4 months old and doesn't know any better. I have tried it with my older cats and they do the same thing - fall over like gravity has suddenly doubled. :smileyhappy:
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