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Anonymous:My question is, can I walk with a domestic cat? I have both desire and opportunity; all necessary vaccinations are done. But can I?
The final desicion is always up to you. I'll just try to focus on the most important moments you have to take into account.
Not every cat requires walking as a must. Many cats do well without any walks outside at all. Especially, if they are used to an apartment from the very birth. I'd suggest that you don't make experiments if your cat doesn't show any wish to explore the outside world. It's not just words. There have been a good many sad stories when the first walk proved the last one for some cats. Cats experience a big stress when they find themselves in a completely new and scary environment. Sometimes the stress is too heavy: some cats are known to have died from a heart attack.
If you make a decision to walk your cat, you have to be 100% sure that it will not be a shock for her. First of all, watch you kitty and make sure she is robust and has a strong state of mind. Ask yourself once again: are these walks more necessary for you or your cat?
Let's assume both you and your cat are ready to go out of an apartment. It's good that you've already made all required vaccinations. Also, don't forget to buy and use some anti-fleas products. Remember that these actions won't utterly secure the kitty against problems. There's still a risk that your cat will pick up something from the ground and get a stomach upset or something worse. You have to keep two eyes on her to prevent that.
As I've made it out, you're going to walk with your cat in a city, aren't you? In a city, even if a cat is supervised, there are many dangers such as vehicles and dog attacks. So don't walk near busy roads and highways. Walk in parks. Before letting your cat on the ground, make sure there are neither dogs nor children around (small children can scare your cat too).
Last but not least: for your cat's safety, walk her on leash only!
It's down to the individual cat though. I would not force a cat to walk on a harness if I can see that it is visibly stressed.
Harness training a cat is great for cats who are predominantly indoor (like my cat). You can take them outside, let them explore, sniff, play like other cats yet you have no risk of a traffic accident, them getting poisoned etc.
So I agree with Ireney - are you sure your kitty WANTS to walk?
Sarah, what about you? Do you walk with Cotton? Oh by the way, since you mentioned Bengals can be trained very well, I want to show you this video . I don't know if you've already seen it but it really amazed me when I saw it for the first time!
RuslanaI don't walk with my cat. I think he'd be too stressed. He's got a very gentle character and, having lived indoors for his whole life, I think he's a bit used to kind humans and dangerless surroundings.No I do not walk Cotton. She is purely an indoor cat and I think she's past the age (she's now 5 months) where I can introduce a harness without causing her distress. As a child I tried to walk my then cat on a lead ... didn't go too well
I don't know whether to clap or be aghast at that video! What a silly person for allowing their cat to do this but at the same time it shows how wonderful the bengal breed is. They are wonderful cats and I'm hoping to get my own bengal next summer. If I do it will be an F6 snowy rosetta with blue eyes
RuslanaWoah I can't wait to see some pics of your new Bengal!! (If you get one. ) Sounds so beautiful.This is what he will look like;
Depending on my circumstances I will be definitely be adding one of these to my family!
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