LuminousAphid wrote:Ever since I got my cat a few months ago, I have wanted to try getting one of those "harness" things for her, partly because she always tries to get outside and partly for my own entertainment. But me and my roommate were talking about it the other day and decided that walking a cat on a leash is the activity of a crazy person... I guess that first story proves that we were right!
I think it would be awesome if a cat would follow you on a hike, but I would be worried I'd end up having to carry it when it just didn't want to go anymore. And unlike a large dog, it can't carry anything useful for me. And they hate water- water is literally everywhere in the places I hike sometimes
Not only does a cat on a leash look ridiculous, but most cats also want nothing to do with a leash. We tried it once because we have a cat that likes to follow us on walks, so we thought it might be safer to leash her. As soon as we put that harness on, she just stood there with a look as though every shred of her dignity had been violated and would not move, turning the prospect of taking her for a walk into taking her for a drag.
We didn't try that again.
That same cat went missing for seven months, including the winter, when we were out of town visiting my mother-in-law, and when she was found beyond all hope with her collar still on, we decided to keep her tied in the yard by leash and collar whenever we let her out. She would spend ten minutes or so squirming out of that collar and then be off on her rounds. We scrapped that idea, too.
I've had both cats and dogs, and both have their good and bad aspects, but I'll swear that cats are a lot more stubborn than dogs are and have a lot more pride.