Do you walk your cat?

Before you laugh at the idea, like I did, it turns out that some people do walk their cats.  I was thinking about this a week or so ago, as some of you may know, Boots our cat isn’t allowed outside, just until we move and are settled, only then will we allow her out again.

I see her by the window, like Juliet pining for her Romeo, or like a jilted lover waiting for the love of her life to come back to her.  It’s sad really.  She’d nag me day in and day out, sometimes her meowing would turn into soft ones as if pleading quietly to be let out and I, her wicked captor remains deaf to her little pleas.

It’s obvious that she misses the outdoors.  But I wouldn’t risk it, especially since we’re still hoping to move soon.  I wouldn’t want to lose her again.  Being more of a dog person, and since I never really liked cats, I’m amazed on how much I’ve grown to be really fond of Boots.

But like I said she misses her freedom so one day I said to the husband  “What if we walk her?” He laughed at the idea of course.  And said, “Well I’m not walking her.  You can if you want”.  And he turned his back to me and went on with his marking, that was the end of our conversation and I never mentioned it again.

I wondered is it really absurd then, the idea of walking a cat?  So I did what anyone in the 21st century would, when faced with a question like this, I googled.

And found out the following:

Yes, some cat owners do walk their cats.  But I read that most of these cats are indoor cats, not outdoor cats like Boots.  And since cats like dogs, need their exercise too, apparently it is even advised that indoor cats should be walked too.

But before you can walk them, you have to train them first, or else they’ll end up playing dead every time you decide to go off on a walk with them, like this poor kitty in the video. Trust me, it’s really funny to watch.  Just fast-forward it, no need to watch it whole.  When the owner puts the leash on, the cat pretends to be either dead or asleep, but as soon as the owner takes  it off, the cat bolts away.

You won’t just need a leash, but you’ll also need a harness.  Which brings me to add, when we were at a pet shop the other day, I noticed that they do sell these cat harnesses locally, so I’m wondering now, does that mean that people over here, do walk their cats, although I have yet to see a cat walker in our little village, let alone the whole of Cornwall or England.

I guess whether you decide to walk your cat or not, we all have to remember that cats are not dogs.  We can’t just leave them tied outside a shop while we run some errands before going back home after a walk. What if a dog comes by?  The poor cat will be so frightened and won’t be able to get away, or worse, get tangled with the leash.

I also read that if you walk your cat, it’s important to pick them up before going out the door and also picking them up again before coming in.  That way they’ll understand that you are the boss and is in charge of the walk, not them.

As for Boots, I can imagine she’d give me a “Have you lost your mind, woman?” look and turn her back on me if I ever suggest a walk to her.  I guess Boots will have to wait then till we finally move.

Do you find the idea of walking a cat ridiculous?

Have you ever seen anyone walk a cat?

Do share.

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Laura @dearbearandbeany

    I’ve had cats in the past and it never entered my head to walk them. I would have to do it late at night when no one saw me 🙂
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    • Before googling, I’ve never heard of people walking their cats. Funny really 🙂 I can understand why you’d want to do it at night 😉

  2. I’ve never really thought about it I’ve never had any pets so can’t really comment but it does sound a little strange.

  3. Hi Dean, I’ve never heard of or seen anyone walking their cat, but there was a girl where I grew up who used to walk her rabbit on a lead with a harness, although it was definitely more of a hop than a walk.

    I suppose if you did it from when the cat was a kitten they would think it was normal, however convincing your neighbours may not be so easy!


    • A little girl walking a rabbit? How cute! Sounds like a children’s story. As for cats, I had no idea one could actually walk their cat 😉

  4. I thought that it was the strangest thing ever until I saw that a Facebook friend had a harness and lead for her cat and brought her out regularly. It somehow seemed more normal then! That video is hysterical, I had seen it before as I’m a bit cat obsessed and like to watch cat videos 🙂

  5. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    I have seen someone walk a cat once when I was on a midwifery placement – I remember doing a double-take as it seemed so odd. Cat seemed happy enough though.
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    • I’ve never seen anyone walk a cat. I’d probably do more than a double take if ever I see one 😉

    • We have a cat and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of the idea of “cat-walking” 😉

    • Someone also mentioned seeing a little girl walk her rabbit. Would love to see this too.

  6. Tori Gabriel

    I walked my cat. When she was really young and went outside for the first time I used a cat harness to get her used to being outside. I did it for two weeks until she got used to it and then she was allowed out alone. We only ever walked in the garden but we got some odd looks and every one would stop for a chat.
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    • I think she’ll be like that cat in the video. She’s an outdoor cat. Once we’ve moved and settled, we’ll let her out again. x

  7. I don’t think there is any wrong to walking your cat. I mean I guess it gives them exercise than sit and annoy the owner.

    • I don’t think there’s anything wrong about it either… I’d love to see a cat owner walking theirs, since I haven’t seen any around.

  8. Fi Ni Neachtain

    No I’ve never walked any of my cats, I wouldn’t have had to either because they always followed me around the place 🙂 My cat is almost 19 years old now and she still follows me around the garden as if I have an invisible lead on her 🙂

    • I know, some people mentioned rabbits too. I don’t think Boots will allow it either.

  9. Kerry Norris

    Ha I did laugh very loudly at the title. I can’t believe some people do that. I have a dog and obviously walk him but cats, that’s a whole different kettle of fish lol. They walk themselves x

  10. Beth Owen

    I don’t own any pets but if i did own a cat, i don’t think i would walk the cat! I would walk dogs though haha.

  11. Rosie @greenrosielife

    I had seen that video before and it is so funny – that is one clever cat! We bought a harness and lead for Henry when we moved to France as we thought customs control might want to get him out of the cage and check his chip (They didn’t). We also thought we’d take him for short walks on the lead when we first arrived and he was actually OK on it … but after a day or so some-one didn’t shut the door and he got out. Luckily though, he didn’t run off (nor was he cat napped) so he has never worn it again. Do let us know if you try to walk Boots and whether she is a flop over and refuse type of cat or happy to go out albeit attached to a lead type of cat. #AnimalTales
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    • I wouldn’t even dare walk Boots out. She’ll glare at me and give me the “Are you out of your mind?” look 😉

  12. chickenruby

    we moved house, 6 weeks after Pushkins decided to move in with us, so we purchased a harness and lead to familiarise herself with the new garden and area, she played dead when wearing it and hubby renamed her Marlboro as we took her out for a drag

    • Marlobor is such a cute name! And so apt too 😉 Taking her out for a drag. x

  13. Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot

    Our old cat was quite ill and she wasn’t allowed outside because we couldn’t risk her getting knocked up by a tomcat, she was too small to be neutured. I did actually buy a harness and lead because I might be nice for her to get outside but when it came to it, she hated the harness and actually I felt like a complete plonker walking a teeny tiny cat!! So we ditched that idea 😉 #animaltales

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