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dj
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From:California
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posted 11-07-2003 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dj     Edit/Delete Message
Have you seen those strollers for cats? Does anybody use one?
Our 2 yr old cat is indoors but sometime I think he might like to explore the outdoors being leashed or in a caged stroller. Once we get him outside in our arms he gets all scared and hunkers under my chin yet still checking out the area. He also whines when he gets to go to the vet in the car. So this makes me think he will not like strolling the neighborhood. Are cats better off just staying home? Or will he grow to like the trips outdoors and than try to escape when possible if we start taking him out with us?
He does have a caged outdoor(balcony) area he can come and go as he pleases but I want him to feel grass on his paws and smell the great outdoors too. He is an animal and it seems a shame to keep him inside his whole life.
My husband thinks getting the stroller is a stupid embarrassing thing but I like the idea.
Any thoughts?

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dj
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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
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posted 11-07-2003 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Now that I have stopped giggling....a stroller for cats? I haven't seen those yet!

I don't know about putting my cats in a stroller but I do take one of them for a walk on a leash. The other is way too scared and I'm afriad she'll back out of the leash and that you be the last I would see of her! The way I see it, if she doens't like it outside then don't force her out. If you want her to explore the grass etc, take her out on a leash a small bit at a time and let her find her way around as long as she's comfortable. One day, she'll reach the grass area when she is brave and confident enough to get that far.

Its possible he'll try to escape. Thats always a chance you take.

Good luck!

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fleafly
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posted 11-08-2003 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Once you give inside cats a good taste of the outdoors they are insatiable and you can't keep them in. I have never heard of a stroller for cats, do you have a picture from the internet? My neighbor puts her kitten out on a leash while she is gardening. Although now the kitten tries to dart out whenever the door is opened. I have a couple that want to go outside so I take them out sometimes, but the other don't want to so I leave them in. I don't want them to start trying to escape too.

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dj
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posted 11-10-2003 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dj     Edit/Delete Message
The stroller is in dr. foster & smith catalog.
We bought a leash this weekend and he was not happy about going out the front door on it..So we just let him hand out on the balcony with it while watering.
My husband said the same thing ladies once he gets a taste of the outdoors he will try to escape and that is something I wouldn't like. He has darted out the front door but never gone but a few feet before darting back inside.
This strooller /leash thing was a stupid idea. He is happy ion the caged outdoor balcony condo and we will leave it at that!

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mybigfunny
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posted 11-10-2003 03:59 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I have seen the stroller also, and thought it would be fun, but I knew people would look at me weird. Though I guess you could always try to go someplace secluded if you don't live in the city.

They also have a 'reverse backpack' that kitty sits in that looks cute. I've really considered that, but deceided against it for the same reasons as you.

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Mandy
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posted 11-10-2003 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mandy     Edit/Delete Message
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=9183&D=stroller&Ntt=stroller&Ntk=All&Dx=mode+matchallany&Ntx=mode+matchallany&Np=1&N=2002&Nty=1

It is quite silly, I would feel weird using that! LOL

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blaklilac
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posted 11-10-2003 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blaklilac     Edit/Delete Message
Actually, I LUV that idea. my kitty is extrmemly sociable and curious, so I think he would definitely enjoy a stroll around town. He's an outdoor/indoor kitty, so if he gets outside it's not a big deal. Unforutnately, 120.00 is not in my budget for daily kitty walks!

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fleafly
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posted 11-10-2003 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I would feel silly using that too. The cat in the picture looks happy, but mine would probably just hunker down and yowl. I can just see the neighbors staring at me!

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Jamiya
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posted 11-11-2003 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jamiya     Edit/Delete Message
HAHAHAHA!! Omg, that is great!

I wouldn't do it, though. But not because I am afraid of looking silly. My cats are indoor cats, and as it has already been mentioned I am afraid once they get a taste of the outdoors, they will want to go out all the time.

I suppose some people can argue against the "if they don't know what they are missing it's okay" theory, but to me it's a matter of significantly prolonging their lives, not to mention making sure they are well-cared for. I would be too afraid they would be hit by a car or get lost or taken by someone who won't care for them properly.

My sister's cats have always been indoor cats as well. One cat, her very first baby, after years of being indoors started wanting desperately to go out. She finally started letting her out. All went well for a couple months until one day, right before the first snow of the year, she didn't come back. Although she looked and looked, she never did find the cat. She was heartbroken.


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dj
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posted 11-11-2003 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dj     Edit/Delete Message
mybigfunny~I was also looking at those cat backpacks(likecarrying a baby in front types) and thought they were cool too. But dh says no way.

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mybigfunny
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posted 11-12-2003 04:00 PM           Edit/Delete Message
dj - I've always wondered what 'dh' stands for? I'm not extremely computer-literate.

Anyway, you can tell your dh to go to ''''.
Just Kidding!!

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