Staying close to home
So where do you go? Cats, if they
are allowed outside on their own,
will often go and hang out under a
bush and watch insects, butterflies
and birds from this vantage point.
Others may like to prowl around,
possibly climb a tree and observe
from a height. So it’s not essential
to take a feline for lengthy walks
around the neighborhood. I have
a neighbor who takes her cat outside her condo, and she sits and
reads a book while the cat “roams”
the area her extended leash
allows. This is a great option.
Traffic, people and dogs can easily
spook even a confident cat on a
leash, causing her to panic and
possibly attempt to get away like
greased lightning. So scope out
any route first and the best
time of day. If it’s a popular path for unpredictable
neighborhood dogs, find an
Know what else lurks in
your neighborhood in terms
of wild life. Many suburban
areas are popular feeding
grounds for coyotes. It boils
down to trusting your instincts
and good old-fashioned common
We live on a canyon where
coyotes roam in broad daylight.
So I leash trained my cat, Ziggy,
and am currently teaching Tory
to enjoy sitting on a first-floor
balcony that affords a great
view of birds in nearby
trees — not to mention
those that venture close
to the balcony. The
leash training here
them to remain on
floor level and not to attempt to
jump up and walk around the top
of the balcony ledge. Ziggy is now
allowed out here without a leash
but always under supervision. And
eventually, Tory will be afforded
the same privileges. I am more
than happy to join them for a cup
of coffee and a sunshine-infused
dose of vitamin D.
Ziggy (pictured) and Tory
“work” as feline muses for
Sandy Robins, an award-winning multimedia pet lifestyle
expert, author and pet industry personality.
They like to disrupt the workflow by playing
fetch with wand toys and directing food
operations in the kitchen. Learn more about
Sandy at sandyrobinsonline.com.
TRAITS: IS YOUR
CAT GAME FOR THE
According to well-known pet
detective Kat Albrecht, who has
successfully searched and found
lost cats, felines have four distinct
personality traits. Determining
your cat’s personality will help
determine whether she’ll enjoy
Curious or clown cat
A cat with a gregarious personality will happily greet strangers
and is generally curious, unafraid
and adventurous and will enjoy
Such cats are aloof and usually
don’t care to be around people.
However, a feline with this personality may enjoy going outside with
you if there is no one else around.
A cautious cat is likely to be shy
and may run for cover under a
bush if someone else is on the
path and have to be coaxed out.
Xenophobia is a fear or hatred
of anything strange or foreign.
Fearful cats are better off indoors.
Enrich their lives with lots of fun
Teaching your cat the “sit” command helps you secure the harness.