Is taking your cat on walks a good idea?

Just curious because its not really something you do with a cat I think. Is it hard to get the cat to walk with you? What would happen if you run into a dog, what are some options to avoid confrontation with a dog?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I take my cat on walks frequently. Not so much in the hot summer days though. He loves it. We've been walking for a few years now. I live in a gated community though. If we see a dog coming on our same path. I simply pick him up, put him on my shoulder until we pass the dog. Then put him back down after we passed. The dogs hardly ever see him, they are too busy sniffing and peeing around to notice a cat.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I walk with my cat around her territory sometimes which is my yard and the outskirts of the neighbors yards. She follows me and I follow her.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    My boy is fat, slow, friendly, and most important trustworthy - if I let him outside, I know all he'll do is sit in the yard and look around, he won't wander. I let him out at night, and I sit out there with a lip full of Skoal and wait until he's done puttering around.
    My girl is lean, mean, nasty, vicious, and UNTRUSTWORTHY - I let her out, the first thing she does is dash for the bushes and I can't get her out.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bad idea if you have a baby. The cat will notoriously meow at the door for you to go outside with it whenever it wishes. And believe me: cats are really, really dumb and stubborn. They basically do not adapt. You can be best friends for years and you may not be able to imagine life without your cat. But when the baby arrives you will start to question all the love that you had for this animal because it will not want to change and it will not understand the language of love and patience anymore. You will be forced to rule with iron fist and make the next few years of its life quite miserable.
    Don't do it, anon. Let the cat go outside freely or keep it at home. There no in-between.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >They basically do not adapt.
      i had a stray I was trying to find a home for once and at random times of day it would literally jump into my closed bedroom window repeatedly, with a loud bang, to get me to go outside. After that I tried to keep it indoors locked in a room. Everytime I'd enter it'd try to squeeze past my feet until one time I launched the fucker back with my foot. After that the cunt ran away from the door when it opened instead of running towards it, so they do adapt lol

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >what are some options to avoid confrontation with a dog?
    Use a covered, see-through carriage.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      big hamster ball

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don’t worry about the dogs. Worry about the birds of prey that can decapitate small animals in a single swoop and fly off with their heads.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      A complete nonissue compared to dogs

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      yeah i think i saw a video of a bird of prey taking a small dog a while back

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      what are the chances of that happening lmao

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Higher than someone sending theie greyhound after you in public. If there are stray pitbulls, shoot them. If there are strays of huskies and hounds, they are friendly so you can catch and sell them, but the latter is unlikely. When those fancy dogs get out they get snatched up quickly for their monetary value.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      A complete nonissue compared to dogs

      yeah i think i saw a video of a bird of prey taking a small dog a while back

      what are the chances of that happening lmao

      found it

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        i can show you the world~

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        these fuckers are strong too. if you wrestle their prey away they’ll just fly off with half of it.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You pick the fucker up when you see a dog and don't let it go.
    'Walks' wirh cats on a harness are more like a quest. It's more like you carry them somewhere they can play around, like the local park, at a very quiet time of the day, and you let them explore (on lead always always always) and control where they go loosely but carefully and don't let them get too far away from you where you can't pick them up in an emergency.
    It's fun watching them explore the outdoors safely.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Generally dogs are leashed so its not like you’re walking your pet rat and worrying about cats slaughtering it

    But if something happens, it’s just a cat. The dog earned its meal.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      cringe

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Shut up mammal i have conscripted an army of dogs to avenge my fallen flock. The clawed ones shall be the first to fall.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          meds now

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            CAW CAW

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              now

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Better than letting them go outside by themselves for sure

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think it depends on the cat and how young they get leash trained. My cat just flomps on the ground and doesn't want to move. He doesn't freak out or anything, just doesn't want to be outside really.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    bad idea, lots of puppers want to maul the kitty, and the kitty would panic and claw the shit out if you if tried to pick it up to gtfo

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      take your meds schizo

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    my cat followed me around the block a few times but he was an outdoor cat that already knew his way around the neighborhood

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Very easy to do if you get them used to it from a younger age, though I imagine some breeds that are inherently shy and introverted might never like doing it. Breeds like smash-faced persians, munchkins, and hairless cats might have trouble walking outside for long. If you see a dog coming your way you can pick your cat up, but may be best to walk around or give the dog a wide berth too. If I had a small dog and took it on walks I would probably do this anyways, since all it takes is one improperly controlled charging pitbull to snap a smaller animal's spine.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why does it gotta be a pibbles
      My pitbull is best friends with all the kitties in our house

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >she lets the pibble near the kittens

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Because pitbulls sit at the intersection of neurotic, energetic, predatory, aggressive, and stupid. Just because a pitbull is nice with one dog or cat or person in one situation does not mean that clusterfuck of possible reasons to attack that exists in their head will not be triggered somewhere else.

        They were pretty much bred to attack unpredictably, but be very submissive and biddable with their owners so you wouldn't get mauled pulling your fighting dog out of the ring. Basically your pitbull counts your cats among its owners, at least it does as long as it can see them well enough. I know for a fact that if a cat acts prey-like (hiding and running) in dimly lit, outdoor conditions even a familiar dog will chase it down and kill it. You could compare socializing dogs and cats to socializing cats and rats, since cat-like animals are normal prey for canids (coyotes eat housecats, wolves eat bobcats and puma cubs).

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've tried taking my boy for walks and he just likes to hide under the steps *facepalm*
    However I really want a cat backpack
    I think that's the safest bet

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