We’ve noticed that the iGoogle “How To of the Day” was “How to Leash Train a Cat.” That got our attention. We imagined putting the harness on our cat. We imagined clipping on the lead. We further imagined ourselves burned in effigy.
Our cat (Swiper) claims that putting a cat on any sort of lead (or leash or other tethering material) is unnatural and unforgivable. But we also would like to note that, as the WikiHow article states, “if you live in an area with lots of traffic or a local population of feral cats,” it may also be a necessary evil. (Swiper would like to emphasize the word evil here, and we’ll let her, but we wish she would stand aside so we can finish this without further interruption.)
“Put the harness on the cat. Clip on the leash if it isn’t already part of the harness. The cat will probably do one of two things: sit very still, crouching low to the floor, or squirm in a frantic panic. Stay calm and don’t interfere unless the cat seems like it will hurt itself. This is also a good time to watch and make sure the cat can’t squeeze out of its harness — they can be incredible contortionists.”
One more thing the cat may do? Begin to plot a coup.
Still, if you are skilled in rhetoric, you may be able to posit that walking on the leash is better than staying all day inside the house, is it not? Take care not to use the comparative question: “the dog walks on a leashâ€¦ do you think you’re better than the dog?” The answer, of course, is obvious, and just asking such a question will cause you to fall considerably in the eyes of your cat.
Blessings, and happy walkies.