In the summertime, people take their dogs to dog parks and dog beaches, out for a jog or out while they rake leaves or work in the garden. But what about cats? Cats aren’t likely to visit the dog park, but dogs aren’t the only ones at the other end of the leash or romping in the backyard.
With supervision and safety the outdoors can be an enormously enriching experience for cats — but not for all cats. For some cats who have been ensconced indoors their entire lives, the olfactory overload is just too much. And they just might not want any part of getting a grass stain on a paw. Those cats, like all cats, are much safer indoors. But let’s face it, if we’ve been around a lot of cats, we know some who are just itching to go outside. Those cats would instantly celebrate the opportunity to enjoy the sights and smells of a whole new world.
Cats can be trained to walk on a leash and harness. But it’s not quite the same as walking a dog. In fact, the reality is that you will be taken for a walk by your cat. With cats it’s not about endurance, it’s about stopping to smell the roses or pouncing on bugs.
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