Before you laugh at the idea, like I did, it turns out that some people do walk their cats. I was thinking about this a week or so ago, as some of you may know, Boots our cat isn’t allowed outside, just until we move and are settled, only then will we allow her out again.
I see her by the window, like Juliet pining for her Romeo, or like a jilted lover waiting for the love of her life to come back to her. It’s sad really. She’d nag me day in and day out, sometimes her meowing would turn into soft ones as if pleading quietly to be let out and I, her wicked captor remains deaf to her little pleas.
It’s obvious that she misses the outdoors. But I wouldn’t risk it, especially since we’re still hoping to move soon. I wouldn’t want to lose her again. Being more of a dog person, and since I never really liked cats, I’m amazed on how much I’ve grown to be really fond of Boots.
But like I said she misses her freedom so one day I said to the husband “What if we walk her?” He laughed at the idea of course. And said, “Well I’m not walking her. You can if you want”. And he turned his back to me and went on with his marking, that was the end of our conversation and I never mentioned it again.
I wondered is it really absurd then, the idea of walking a cat? So I did what anyone in the 21st century would, when faced with a question like this, I googled.
And found out the following:
Yes, some cat owners do walk their cats. But I read that most of these cats are indoor cats, not outdoor cats like Boots. And since cats like dogs, need their exercise too, apparently it is even advised that indoor cats should be walked too.
But before you can walk them, you have to train them first, or else they’ll end up playing dead every time you decide to go off on a walk with them, like this poor kitty in the video. Trust me, it’s really funny to watch. Just fast-forward it, no need to watch it whole. When the owner puts the leash on, the cat pretends to be either dead or asleep, but as soon as the owner takes it off, the cat bolts away.
You won’t just need a leash, but you’ll also need a harness. Which brings me to add, when we were at a pet shop the other day, I noticed that they do sell these cat harnesses locally, so I’m wondering now, does that mean that people over here, do walk their cats, although I have yet to see a cat walker in our little village, let alone the whole of Cornwall or England.
I guess whether you decide to walk your cat or not, we all have to remember that cats are not dogs. We can’t just leave them tied outside a shop while we run some errands before going back home after a walk. What if a dog comes by? The poor cat will be so frightened and won’t be able to get away, or worse, get tangled with the leash.
I also read that if you walk your cat, it’s important to pick them up before going out the door and also picking them up again before coming in. That way they’ll understand that you are the boss and is in charge of the walk, not them.
As for Boots, I can imagine she’d give me a “Have you lost your mind, woman?” look and turn her back on me if I ever suggest a walk to her. I guess Boots will have to wait then till we finally move.
Do you find the idea of walking a cat ridiculous?
Have you ever seen anyone walk a cat?