So this happened.

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Last week my husband came home from the store with a leash and harness for Lord Dudley Mountcatten. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea… and neither was Lord Dudley Mountcatten.

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Have you ever tried to put a harness on an uncooperative feline? It’s a lot like herding wombats, only bloodier.

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And while his Lordship has wanted to go outside since we got him…

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I doubt this is quite how he envisioned it.

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If looks could kill… we would have been dead on the spot.

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My husband quickly learned that walking a cat requires an infinite amount of patience.

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For every 10 steps Lord Mountcatten walked?

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He spent 10 minutes sitting, biting at the harness and glaring up at us as if to say this contraption is robbing me of my dignity, not to mention my will to live.

Making the decision to keep him housebound was hard, as all our other pets were free to roam outside. But after losing one to a speeding car and then watching Dudley run right for the road the one time he got loose, I was okay with him being under house arrest.

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I mean really, it’s not such a hardship to be waited on hand and foot by your human staff and pampered with an endless supply of catnip.

The whole walking on a leash scenario seems like the ultimate tease to me. A taste of freedom without being free. But the husband thinks it’s wonderful and plans to continue. Time will tell…

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37 thoughts on “So this happened.”

  1. We tried this with our bunny earlier this summer. She hated it. Instead, we got a pet stroller. She seems to like that. I first discovered they existed a few years ago when I saw someone in the neighborhood taking their cat for a walk in a stroller.

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  2. I’m going to have to agree with you River, being homebound for a feline isn’t all that bad. I mean, Lord Dudley seems to just love having his human mom pamper him 24/7. But it’s a small price to pay I think, he’ll get over it. I haven’t let Charles out since the move to the new house, there’s no way in hell I’d let him roam free in what is to him a strange neighborhood. Knowing him he’d find his way back to the old house. So, he too has become an indoor feline as well.

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      1. He seems to be, but he’s like Sir Dudley, he sits on the window ledge staring out to the wide open space of the front and back yards. But he doesn’t seem to want to go outside, he seems happy being inside. Well he’s staying cleaner that for darn sure.

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      2. He’s planning something, I’d be careful if I were you. Charlie doesn’t try that anymore, he’s a bit older than Sir Dudley. So he knows he’s in a strange neighborhood and won’t try and escape. He loves his food and snacks too much, which is another reason he can’t escape. He’s gain so much weight, I took him to the vet two weeks ago and she said a cat his size shouldn’t weigh 22 lbs. So, I stopped leaving food in his bowl all say while I’m at work, now he’s giving me attitude. I mean more than he usually does that is. He gives me the paw after seeing his empty bowl and walks away.

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      3. His Lordship is a nibbler. I feed him canned food twice a day and leave down a bowl of dry…. but the husband says he’s getting porky. Of course, so am I.. so I don’t judge.

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  3. I think this is an excellent idea for a couple of reasons: 1) endless blog fodder 2) bonding (or not) between the boys 3) it might, just might, actually work. I have seen tons of videos by hikers & full-time RVers who keep their feline friends on a leash. It just takes patience for everyone to get use to it. Good luck!!

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  4. We trained 3 cats to walk on leashes . . . when they were KITTENS. If they wanted to go out, they let us put on their collar/leash combo.

    A bit more challenging to train an older cat. Good Luck!

    Unlike walking dogs, walking cats doesn’t qualify as exercise. BFF often got to SIT while they explored around him. 😛

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  5. He is completely humiliated by this scenario and I can’t wait to read HIS blog post about it.
    As much as he wants to be outside, you are right in keeping him in. It’s much safer for him inside and it’s much safer for the bird world outside when he’s in.

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