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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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i have 7 month old siamese(rocky).....i now take him out for walks, collar and 20 ft small rope.....he stops, looks at me, the fur stands on end, and the way we go...the 25 yd dash..he does this 3 times.....then walks some more, and he is exhausted. .like he is out of breath....cats cannot take much running from what i observe, am i correct...i know its hard on me?


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 03:07 PM
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short burst of speed hunters, not endurance runners, my baka neko (large lynx point) would go on the two mile walk around the neighborhood with us(on leash) he would walk and run the first 1/4mile and then was content to ride my shoulders the rest of the way...
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also you must remember that cats can't sweat (perspire) to cool themselfs, he may just be stopping to stop from overheating depending on the temp outside at the time.. by the time a cat starts panting like a dog they are hurting..
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he does the panting thing everytime i take him out...its not me that runs...i quess maybe he is trying to run away from the rope on the collar is my quess....i might take the collar off when he gets older
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he does the panting thing everytime i take him out...its not me that runs...i quess maybe he is trying to run away from the rope on the collar is my quess....i might take the collar off when he gets older
Do you mean that you are literally using a rope attached to a collar to walk your cat? Walking a cat that way is dangerous because it pushes on their windpipe, in a way suffocating them. Your cat may be panting because he cannot breathe. Cats should only be walked with a properly fitted harness made specifically for cats.
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Rocky is gorgeous! I agree with swimkris, I'd use a harness rather than a collar when taking Rocky for a walk.
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Rocky is gorgeous! I agree with swimkris, I'd use a harness rather than a collar when taking Rocky for a walk.
okay...i got the body harness out and adjusted it....he hates it, but he will get use to it.. i wish i had a house with big back yard , but its apartment living for me......i think i could allmost let him out to play around without a harness.,,,but just afraid he will bolt out into a cars path..

lot of nice cat pictures here i must say, cats are such loving animals, but people can be very cruel...in phoenix where i live, one sadly made the news one night, someone stuck a sewing needle through its head....some very cruel people around ,,,,,my cat will walk up to anyone....

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let him wear the harness around the apartment to get used to it. try taking the outdoor walks slowly,(stop, sit' pet) if the cat is acting stressed(frightened)go back in.. my baka cat would stick his head into the harness by himself and loved the walk(+ shoulder ride) our scooter cat that we had at the same time it was the harness of paralysis, she would flop over on her side and not move..(you would have to take out for a drag). she was a perfectly happy yard cat and would send the entire day outside..she did not like leaving her territory..(ps we never told baka he was cat)
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He will get used to the harness if he really wants to go outside. Pumpkin used to bite me when I put hers on, but she has learned that it is a necessary evil (plus I give her lots of treats during the process). I know what you mean about the cars though; I live in a townhouse, and both of my cats are terrified of the cars when they drive up. I can occasionally take Pumpkin off her harness because I know that she will run home when scared, but I don't think I'll ever be able to trust Simone!
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