Cat walker

@ElicBxn (60894)
United States
April 15, 2007 12:08pm CST
You ever wanted to take your cats for a walk? I actually had a cat that would walk with me for a while, but I never wanted them to do so. I tried to keep them from crossing the busy street near my home (and it wasn't that busy.) But, if I lived where this lady does, I probably wouldn't mind. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=448126&in_page_id=1770
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@flipper0 (93)
• United States
15 Apr 07
GREAT link! I set it as my desktop. My son will love it. We have a cat that follows my son everywhere. A few minutes after he leaves the house for anywhere, I can count on the door opening and hearing "Mom, watch Sketchy for a minute, OK?" We're not comfortable letting the cat walk around with us because of dogs in the neighborhood and a fairly busy street a few blocks away. You just never know when some sound or smell will set off the "cat" in a cat. Sure wish we had a path to travel like the one in your linked photo!
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Me too, isn't that a beautiful place! Another place I'd like to live!
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• United States
15 Apr 07
Looks like Ireland or Scotland. And a little bit like some of the shoreline areas in our upper Northeast. You can see alot of incredible places alot like your link-area if you go to the Travel or Places I Want To Visit sections on mylot.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Said it was Wales in the text of the artical.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
15 Apr 07
We had a black cat named when I was a teen. He had adopted us when we were camping one summer. He was a stray and a survivor. I don't think it ever occurred to him that he was a cat and not one of us humans. He would never walk as far as the busy roads, he would turn back, as if he was just seeing a friend off. One day he followed us to an aunts place, came inside and slept and then headed back out the door after us. We got about three quarters of the way home and he sat down and mewed, we carried him the rest of the way. I sure miss that old cat.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
15 Apr 07
He sounds like a totally cool cat! I bet you miss him.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
3 of mine are leash trained-i started doing that to keep them in grabbing range due to coyotes in the area. but they don't seem to mind.they get excited when i jangle the leash,which means out :)
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I was at an adoption day & we saw this big yellow cat on a leash, just like the dogs, infact, he was letting strange dogs come up to him. One of the people working the adoption went out to see him & the owner told her that he was always like that, and would go for walks with them on the leash.
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• United States
16 Apr 07
the oldest of the 3 has a dog friend next door he plays with like that.it's one of those tiny dogs..i think he might think it's a cat also,i'm not sure LOL
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I found Taj at 4 weeks in front of my house. Obviously I didn't want to bathe him because he was so young, so the first bath he got at our house was from the roomie's dog about 10 days after we got him. They don't exactly sleep together, but Taj & Zoe are still pretty friendly.
• United States
15 Apr 07
I've thought about it, but when I think of what would happen if I came across a stray dog, it's not pleasant. I would be afraid for my cat's well being and wouldn't want to put her in a comprimising situation. As different an experience as it would likely be, I would not risk it.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I wouldn't take mine out now, but I can see if I lived out in place like she does I might.
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@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I tried to take my cat for a walk. He is so afraid of the outside As soon as I step out the door with my cat, he goes crazy and starts flipping out. He loves looking outside and loves when the window is open but wants no part of outside. Even if I hold him. He holds on so tight and shakes. I have only tried it a couple of times. I don't think I will try it again.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
15 Apr 07
When I first got Taj, he was that way, I found him in the front yard at the age of 4 weeks. The screened porches have made him braver, but after spending a week in a tree 2 yrs ago, he's not interested in going out any more. He still goes out on the porch sometimes, but he's out there a lot less than he used to be. He's also more dependent on me since then.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
I haven't taken a cat for a walk but I have put my rabbit on a leash and harness and taken it for a walk in the back yard. She really seemed to enjoy it and didn't want to go back in.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I've heard about rabbits on leashes, but I don't think a rabbit would really like my house much.
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@r3v3ng3 (484)
• Romania
15 Apr 07
i can't take my cat for a walk because she is a craven one
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• United States
15 Apr 07
I have three cats that I take for walks, but I keep them in the safety of the playground behind my apartment building. It has a fence around it so I don't have to worry about contact with other animals. I use harnesses as they are safer for the cats and they love getting outside. Sometimes they will drag their leashes to me to let me know they want to go out. Our neighbors helped us walk the cats once and had so much fun that they bought harnesses and leashes for their own cats and started doing the same thing.
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
15 Apr 07
That's one I've never tried! We live in the country. One of our cats is an indoor/outdoor cat and she pretty much stays right in our yard. The other one never goes outside... she's a big baby! lol!
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@Rosepetal (352)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I had a cat I used to walk. Most of the time I had to carry her, though. She was the cutest persian cat. I had a red rhinstone studded collar for her with a lease to match. I also took her with me in my car.
@neglitex (347)
• Latvia
15 Apr 07
I used to have a great cat. Well with few mischiefs :). He "did he thing" on a toilet not in a sandbox :) and loved to walk even in a leash. Also he fell outa 9th floor twice.....no serious injuries. But it's so sad that he get sick so he had to die :( Anyway my cousin has a cat but he just won't walk in a leash. We've tried several times but he just won't get used to it. All he does when in a leash is lie on the ground and won't move.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
16 Apr 07
On the toilet? Great. I wish I could teach my cats that. Did he flush?
• Canada
15 Apr 07
I've never taken my cat for a walk outside. He gets enough excercise running around here, high on catnip and playing with the toys I give him that he doesn't need to go outside. Besides I live right downtown, and if I took him outside it might scare him. He's not used to all of the noise and the people.
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• Philippines
16 Apr 07
really?! how do you walk your cat? i get my cat outside but im still holding her... do you have your cat with collar and chains?
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I don't walk mine, mine are strickly inside cats (well, except for the one that won't come in.)
• Philippines
17 Apr 07
why does it don't come in? mine walk outside whenever they want too then return home if hungry or wanted to sleep and if im already at home from work... ;)
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Apr 07
She doesn't like the inside cats. She's the last one from the time when I had inside/outside cats. For a couple of years she moved down a couple of houses because they fed their cat outside whereas I made her come in to eat. Now that she's back I've surrendered & feed her outside too. I give her some shelter in the winter & protect her when she eats from the mockingbirds in the summer & she's as happy as she can be. But she is pretty old now, & I check on her pretty regularly.
15 Apr 07
I regularly take our big tom cat on walks in the local woods. He loves it. He runs around like crazy and runs up tree trunks. I pick him up to cross the roads to get there.
15 Apr 07
I really can't understand how cats could be happy locked up indoors. They are so geared towards outdoor life and territorialism the notion of "house cats" seems totally cruel to me.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I live on a street that's 1 block long (3 houses on each side of the stree) & yet I had a cat hit & killed in my front yard. I just can't dare let my cats out to be killed by cruel or hateful people that want to hurt them.
@buenavida (8342)
• Sweden
16 Apr 07
Looks really good to take the cats out for a walk in a place like that. I used to take a walk with my cat several years ago and he followed me all the way. But we went out when there was no more traffic in the streets where we walked, rather late at night. I live in a small place and it is very quiet in most streets at night.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I could probably be talked into going for walks there too. & I might be talked into letting my cats outside too. While the weather has been nice I've being walking doing a couple of chores at my job, but I think when the temp is 100º I will be back in the car even tho its only about a block to do it. I can barely breath when the humidity is 70% & the temp is 90º+ (that's in the 40's for you "C" type people.
@gberlin (3836)
16 Apr 07
Cool story! Its hard to believe that they follow her around but they have been doing it since they were 4 months old I guess they are just trained to follow her. Although I don't think cats can be trained.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Oh, cats can be trained, but obviously they do it because they want to rather than being trained. It was like when I used to walk around the circle up the by my house & The Doctor or Mekon would just go with me. They seemed to think I was doing it just for them!
@winterose (39917)
• Canada
16 Apr 07
my son says he wants to get leash this summer and walk the cats. I don't think that I would want to do that myself though. I would imagine they would resist but I am told they can be trained.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I've heard that you can, but you have to start with a pretty young cat. I think most leash walking cats pretty much go where they want to go, not where YOU want them to go. The lady in the artical walks where she wants to go & the cats have joined her, rather than her wanting the cats to go someplace they don't want to go.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Thanks for the link. Great pictures and stories, both the walking and the riding cats!
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
16 Apr 07
My cat used to love to go for a walk with me. We camped in a place in North Carolina that had a lot of dogs around. I think he knew that if I was with him the dogs wouldn't bother us. He would come and rub my ankles and "ask" for a walk.
• United States
16 Apr 07
When our cats were still young maybe like 1 or 2 yrs old we used to take them on walks. It was not bad and lots of fun for them and us. They didnt like it though not too much. Now a days they have better leashes and such for them. I recall one time we were at the park and it was their birthday. We were letting my cat play on the playground and she ended up going off the side and hanging herself and if I had not been watching she would have choked to deaht. After that we rarely took them out on leashes, havent in years now, and we'd watch them better if we did. My cat is way old though and dont think I'd do that to her anymore.