Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

For Lodi cat, love of her leash began with one trip outside

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:04 am, Thu Sep 20, 2012.

When I was living near New York City during college, I’d go to Central Park on nice weekends and walk the trails. I saw plenty of people walking dogs, but the first time I saw a guy walking his cat, I was amazed. A cat on a leash?

Fast-forward a couple of years. I’d moved back to the Lodi area and had a new kitten, Sparrow, who was a handful. She may have been the size of my hand, but she lived up to the calico reputation from the start. She was always getting into trouble and trying to get outside. She didn’t want to go far — most of the time, she was content to hang out in the enclosed outdoor patio space attached to my apartment.

But I remembered the cat-walkers in the city, and figured if she took to a leash, it would be a safer way for her to get some fresh air.

The first time I put a harness on her, Sparrow panicked. I couldn’t catch her to take it off, so she ran around the apartment for several minutes until she flopped, exhausted, onto the floor in front of the door. I didn’t want her experience with the harness to be awful, though, so once she was calm I snapped the leash on and carried her outside.

Luckily, that was all it took. She was more than happy to chase bugs around in the grass outside of my apartment building, even if it meant wearing the harness. The second time the leash went on, she was perfectly calm, and within a couple of weeks she was pulling it out of its basket and dragging it to the front door whenever she wanted to go out.

Not every cat is as easy to train to a leash — my other cat won’t move at all when she’s wearing a harness, not even a few inches to her food dish. After months of that, I gave up on her.

And to be fair, I don’t walk Sparrow. She pulls me where she wants to go, and if we do happen to walk the same direction for a block or so, it’s only because she wanted to go that way anyway. But it’s a great way to get her out of my small apartment for some sunshine and exercise.

Contact news editor Kyla Cathey at kylac@lodinews.com.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 67

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists