The RSPCA isn’t impressed with you walking your cats on leads, guys
In an ideal world, they roam free, staking out the house and coming and going through a cat flap as they please.
But this isn’t an ideal world, and many felines are living more of a dog’s life, stuck in city flats or houses without cat flaps, bored indoors, twiddling their claws and contemplating whether or not to sh*t on the carpet or scratch open some cushions.
Of course, most owners want the best for their pet and wish to give their cat a taste of the outdoors, which is why walking cats on leads have suddenly become popular, with many brands selling specialist cat harnesses.
But the RSPCA says this rise in ‘catwalking’ isn’t doing your felines any good.
‘A sense of control is very important to cats and being walked on a collar or harness prevents them from having control,’ an RSPCA spokeswoman said.
‘It may be more difficult for them to be able to move away or hide from anything which might scare or worry them. ‘Therefore the RSPCA wouldn’t recommend that cats are walked outside in this way.’
Sat there with a furrowed brow thinking, ‘But my little Susie LOVES it!’?
Think again, pal.
We bought our cat Cleo a cat lead after she got attacked by next door’s German Shepherd,’ feline mother Sophie told metro.co.uk.
‘She’s a house cat, but last summer we were regularly letting her out whilst we were in the garden, to explore and broaden her life experience beyond the flat.
‘I came home one day to my boyfriend and housemate covered in scratches (very close to the eyeball) after they tried to rescue her from the dog.
‘I think they were more shaken by it then she was, but safe to say we were reluctant to let her out again – hence the lead.
‘We tried it once or twice on her and she absolutely hated it and wouldn’t move. Cats just aren’t meant to be on a lead – she looked so p*ssed off!’
The RSPCA are inclined to agree.
You might think you’re doing your cat a favour by getting them outside, but the reality is, cats would rather be roaming free inside, than strapped to a leash outside.
So basically, if your cat can’t get outside by itself, then get loads of toys and leave your cat to do its own thing in a stimulated environment.
And if you can’t provide that environment? Then maybe it’s not the right time to get a feline friend.
After all, you want a cat to love you because you’re a badass motherf*cker, not because it has Stockholm Syndrome.