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    Michael E. Walston
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    I think I finally figured out what’s got Oscar’s panties in such a wad: fleas!

    He thinks if I’ll just let him outside he can escape the fleas which he and his brethren brought in during their unauthorized excursions in the first place. Cat logic.

    But I do miss going on walks with him. I think it might be fun to take him out on a leash.

    Rest assured I put the flea medicine on all their necks this morning. Hopefully Oscar will calm down. He has a hypersensitive flea allergy, too, but I bought some kind of steroid skin spray for him last year which seemed to work wonders, if I can only find it tomorrow.

    But even so I think it would be fun to take my crazy kitty cat on a walk. Not as much fun as walking unfettered free citizens together but hopefully better then nothing…

    I don’t know how he will react…

    #232760
    MarFisk
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    That would definitely mess with them :). Yay for figuring it out.

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    #232761
    Weird Jim
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    Search, Leash walking cats. A harness is used because they slip collars. Cats being cats, different animals; different reactions.

    #232762
    Weird Jim
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    I don’t know if you’ll get this, but it’s a cat who’d rather play dead than go for a leash walk.

    Link removed as it led to an inappropriate page. I’ll try to see if better is available.

    #232871
    cupiscent
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    I am seriously considering getting a harness for my cat to take her for walks. For various reasons, we want her to be an “indoor cat”, but she’s pining for environmental enrichment, so regulated outdoor time seems like it might fit the bill. I have no idea how she’ll react to the leash, though, or the concept of walking on one. Can’t think of any way to answer that but to try, however, since she remains stubbornly uncommunicative on the topic. ;)

    #232872
    MarFisk
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    The link goes to their main page with a rather disturbing first article right now.

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
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    #232763
    MarFisk
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    My kids have a cat they used to take on leash walks. When the cat was living with us because of a housing issue, I declared it was the best thing ever to deal with a grumpy mood. Trying to get a cat to walk is full of such ridiculous humor it’s good for all involved. CB would walk to the nearest grass and eat. I’d move her beyond that patch and she’d run at the very limit of the leash until the next grass…where she would stop.

    Just have low expectations for exercise and enjoy the moment.

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
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    #232881
    Magic Seeker
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    Many years ago I tried to train my two cats to walk on a leash. One would walk just fine, if very slowly, inside the house. Outside? No. Way! Forget about it. Outside was too scary.

    The other cat just laid down flat when I put his collar near his neck. I’ve never seen a cat who could look so much like a mule. That lad had a wide range of facial expressions, and his disgust was very clear.

    I’m sure you know who lost that war. 😆

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    #232876
    Weird Jim
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    MarFisk wrote:
    The link goes to their main page with a rather disturbing first article right now.

    I’ll try this one and delete if it doesn’t work.

    Link

    It seems to be OK.

    #232889
    MarFisk
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    Yes the link works. Of course with the fact that the cat isn’t fighting him, I’d wonder if he’d put it on too tight and pinched a nerve :p.

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
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    #232882
    Michael E. Walston
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    “Just have low expectations for exercise and enjoy the moment.”

    Well, we used to enjoy each other’s company in the Florida woods. I remember one time Oscar got caught up a pine tree and leaped down a good 50 yards to my arms.

    That was fun.

    #232764
    Indigo Writer
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    My husband’s first wife trained her late cat, Bandit, to walk on a leash. I was mystified when I first saw he was docile enough on it. I expected him to do a Garfield act (play dead or act as if he was choking). She said she trained him from the time he was a kitten. I never would have thought to train a cat to like a leash, though. It makes sense if you all live in an apartment complex and the cat needs to get out for some exercise.

    #232911
    MarFisk
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    Yipes!

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
    https://margaretmcgaffeyfisk.com/the-steamship-chronicles/

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