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Etown_Chick September 22nd, 2012 08:38 PM

Ever take your cat for a walk...
 
in a dog park?
I wish I'd taken pictures. This couple was actually walking their cats, on leash, in a dog park! What's even odder is that the dogs ignored them. Even my dog, who thinks cats are chew toys, barely gave them a glance until the owners picked them up. Then he was mostly curious.
I did wonder what would happen if a dog did decide to go after them - would the poor doggie be declared dangerous for doing what dogs do? And why would cat owners do this?

Koteburo September 23rd, 2012 04:50 AM

Isn't that supa cute :lovestruck:
To your question I can only answer with a video of one of my cats
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsqquZqSICM"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsqquZqSICM[/URL] Kitteh Kitteh on a leash
This is Mulder! Also known as Loco, Bebe Loco, Bebe Bonkers, and all kind of dementia related nicknames. She's crazy but sweet and gentle

Etown_Chick September 23rd, 2012 11:36 AM

Koteburo that's your cat? THat's awesome. I've never seen cats walk on a leash before!

hazelrunpack September 23rd, 2012 02:16 PM

I have to say that imo was pretty irresponsible of someone to walk a cat in a dog park! They have no idea how the dogs might react. Had there been an attack, the result could have been a real tragedy. :( Sometimes a little common sense goes a long way...

Love4himies September 23rd, 2012 05:55 PM

I could walk my Snowball anywhere, including the woods at a provincial park, he would follow me EVERYWHERE I went. However, I would NEVER bring him to a dog park or anywhere dogs were regularly run free, that would be asking for disaster, if you ask me. :2cents:

Etown_Chick September 23rd, 2012 10:44 PM

Hazel that's what I thought! They are lucky none of the dogs turned on the cats. I have to admit it didn't seem to me that one of hte cats was enjoying it - the lady dragged it along.
I'm just not sure if dogs have more rights at parks than cats - maybe I'd have been responsible if Scruffy went after one of them.

hazelrunpack September 24th, 2012 09:21 AM

If it's a designated dog park, cats probably aren't allowed at all! If it's just a public park that allows pets, it's probably allowed, but I still wouldn't do it if it were my cat considering that many people allow their dogs off-leash when they shouldn't. :o

Just seems odd to me that they'd want to put their cats in danger like that. Maybe they've never seen a pack of dogs in action chasing a small critter.... That's why I'm not a cat owner right now. The Pack is a formidable hunting machine when the pack mentality comes over them :eek:

marko September 24th, 2012 09:27 AM

walking a cat in a dog park....very dumb idea... (is the leash supposed to protect the cat? is the leash supposed to signify to the dog that this a a special type of cat that is not to be chased and potentially killed?)
having lunch with lions in their cage...another bad idea.
smashing your head on the cement...another bad idea
Does every obvious situation require a big sign....? geez.

Maybe a dogpark would also be a great place for people to bring their pet hamsters so they can roam around and get a little fresh air, or new born babies. :rolleyes:

scottyxx September 24th, 2012 09:30 AM

I have hahaha, we took our cat to the park on a leash, they loved it! They love chasing leaves!

Barkingdog September 24th, 2012 01:43 PM

[QUOTE=hazelrunpack;1046877]I have to say that imo was pretty irresponsible of someone to walk a cat in a dog park! They have no idea how the dogs might react. Had there been an attack, the result could have been a real tragedy. :( Sometimes a little common sense goes a long way...[/QUOTE]

I agree with you 100% ! Not only could it get attacked by a dog the cat could slipped out of it harness and run off. I saw small dog get lose when her leash clasp malfunction and the dog ran right into the street. The dog was lucky no cars where in around at the time. Anything can happen .

Koteburo September 24th, 2012 06:02 PM

Yesh, it's my cat (well more like I'm HER human than she is MY cat really :laughing: especially from her point of view)
Anyways yeah, some have the temperament to walk on a leash and if you teach them since kittens almost every cat.
No dogs where I walk her though. Since the park is practically my yard by my place dogs don't go near and you see them leashed across the street so we don't go there. (although it's not a dog park)
Anyways aside the fact that we ought to keep in mind to keep our leashed kitties away from doggy areas for their safety it's a very cute and fun thing to do as long as your kitteh enjoys it.

P.S. And if you think that's cute and unusual once I saw a chinchilla in a harness!!!! I was :lovestruck: and the little guy was smarter of what I thought and came when called, etc. It took me a while to figure if it was a bunny, cat, bunny cat, or anime-like-mythical-creature :laughing:


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