Let’s talk about cat personalities. Yesterday, while out for a walk, Meowm met a beautiful silver tabby being ‘walked’ on a leash. She crouched down to say hi and the cat immediately crawled under her legs, looking for a place to hide. He was trembling. Not merely shivering but shaking so hard his body was almost knocking itself over with each jerking movement. The humans were not really paying attention so Meowm said “excuse me, I think this experience might be overwhelming for him”. The lady said “we’re training”. Meowm probably could have walked away at this point and hoped the best, but that’s not her style. Cats have very small hearts and they can literally be scared to death. At that moment, a big dog was walking its human passed and the kitty started scrambling trying to find a place to hide. He climbed into meowm’s arms. Meowm stood up, passed him to his human. “He needs comfort and safety. He may not have the personality to be an #adventurecat
.” We hope they decide on future actions based on what’s best for kitty, not on the novelty of having a cat on a leash.
For us, in our family, we started leash walks because kitty wanted to be outside but we lived on a busy street in a town with lots of predatory animals. She immediately took to it and our training involved teaching her how to walk in the leash and stay close to us, not how to overcome terror. That said, we had a few run ins with doggos that did give her fear of them, so we created a system to work around that, which she now knows. Ironically, she also feels most confident when her own doggo is near by, so Zukini now knows to come check on her kitty sis. We now live in an area where kitty can spend as much daytime outside as she likes, so she now, sometimes, lets us know that she doesn’t want to come on our adventures. Meowm doesn’t love this, but she respects it.
- maybe this is a topic you could explore?
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