Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Black Tabby Tuesday

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JP Buzzerbee was one of the very first members of House Panthers along with his brother Meep. Unfortunately he passed over the Rainbow Bridge June 28, 2007 after a battle with cancer. He was only 5 or 6 years old at time.

He was a very beautiful cat with some really stunning green eyes. His memory lives on Buzzerbee's Blog where Meep and his new two brothers, Twizz and Bear, blog about their life.

Like Buzzerbee, all three are rescue kitties and all are FIV+. They live in New Hampshire.

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Tuesday's Events at Cat Blogosphere
Tattle Tail Tuesday or other kind of tails, or tales as well
Tabby Tuesday for all Attack Tabbies (or other sorts of tabbies)
Tuxie Toosday for all Tuxedo Cats at the Tuxedo Gang Hideout
Tummy Tuesday for showing off all those kitty tummies
Toesies Tummy for showing those claws…errrr… toes
Tortie Tuesday with Tough A** Torties Club
Cats on Tuesday

AND NOW: Black Tabby Tuesday on House Panthers!

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My Bean was looking for something in her office today and ran across this article that some thoughtful friend or relative had clipped for her. I will not walk on leash and am very good at escaping harness as well. However, I know that some of you may not get to go outside otherwise, so I provide this for the edification your humans.

Not only will cat walk on leash - he begs for it

McClatchy News Service

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Every morning, Mr. Zi runs to the footstool where his leash is kept, drags it to the floor and sits there impatiently, making demanding noises, until owner Camilla Gresham puts his halter on. Then it's out the door they go.

Just like a well-trained dog, Zi walks by her side, usually in the perfect heel position, and stops passers-by in their tracks: Is that a cat? On a leash? And look at those spots! Is he wild? A leopard?

Zi is a Bengal, an intelligent domestic breed of cat whose forefathers a few generations back were small wild Asian leopard cats and domestic felines. Like the rest of his breed, his back legs are a bit taller than his forelegs, giving him that stealthy, I-own-the-world walk. He is lithe and muscular, about 15 pounds, with soft, mink like, cinnamon fur with dark spots.

Gresham says Bengals are often called "dog like" because they love to play in water, fetch toys, talk (a lot), and demand more attention than most cats usually want. They make a good alternative for some people who are allergic to cats because their fur is pelt like, and they shed very little.

Gresham and her husband, Tom, got Zi from a neighbor's relative who could no longer care for him. Zi was used to roaming the great outdoors, but the Greshams decided to keep him indoors for fear of wildlife. But Zi meowed pitifully to get outside, so Gresham finally decided to try a leash.

That he took to the leash so quickly is unusual, even for a Bengal. It usually takes training, says Laurie Clauss, veterinarian at Cattails Feline Health Center. But any breed of cat can be trained to the leash at any age.

It's more a matter of intelligence and especially temperament, Clauss says. And it takes a certain kind of owner, too. "It's a matter of patience. It usually takes a lot of training. You have to make the experience a privilege for the cat."

Clauss says all cats should be indoor pets because of outdoor dangers and suggests walking a cat only in the yard for safety's sake. Giving them a 10-minute leashed walk outside "is a neat way to get mental stimulation," Clauss says.

Gresham doesn't have any advice on how to train a cat to take to a leash, because Zi didn't fight it or meow to have the halter taken off. "He took to it immediately. I think he knew that was the only way he was going to get some fresh air."


· Start as early as you can; it's easier to train a kitten.
· Use an "8" -shaped cat harness, not a collar, for walking. But have a small collar with an ID on the cat, too.
· Get the cat used to the harness in the house without the leash. Put it on before you feed him so he associates the harness with something pleasant. Don't leave it on very long.
· When he is comfortable with the halter, put the leash on and let him drag it around. Train when the cat is hungry.
· Use the cat's name, followed by "heel," as you would a dog. Move forward a couple steps at a time very slowly. When the cat follows, give praise and a treat.
· When the cat is comfortable with the leash, take him outside. Train on the grass and around bushes, which will interest the cat more than a sidewalk. Don't train in busy area that may scare it.
· Be sure the cat is up to date on vaccinations.
· Walk the cat in your yard only so it won't get frightened by cars and dogs.
· Always carry the cat out the door so he doesn't get used to running out the door anytime.

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Last week, when I was writing about proper way to take a bath, I knew that someone would trot out the tired old joke of putting cat in a toilet and flushing it. Needless to say The Poodle (and the Dog) Blog did not let me down.

If do not find the cruelty to animals funny at all. Evidently I am not the only one as Robin Rockey blogs about the use of animal cruelty passing as humor on TV on CatChannel.com. This article is well worth the read, so please take a moment to have a look at it.

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Moki said...

Hi House of Black Panthers. It's nice to meet you all...I found the story about walking your cat on a leash very amusing. There are seven cats here an we are lucky if we can get the kitties who do like to go outside to keep their collars on...mol

hello & mimmy said...

hi, i'm leash trained too, but i prefer to be on my leash & harness indoors (like petsmart). mommy also takes me to cafes and coffee houses with outdoor patios where they allow kitties. people think it's really cute to see a kitty on a leash. i have a page on how to leash train on my website.



Artsy Catsy said...

Good article! We LOVE our leashes and we didn't even need training. Our mom thought we would be afraid of them, but when she first put them on us, we didn't even notice them. That's because they let us go outside, and we would be willing to wear concrete blocks on our backs if they let us go outside!!


jenianddean said...

Thanks for the leash post. We have a stroller that Maggie enjoys, and occasionally Josie will go out on the back desk on the leash, but she just reclines on the deck. (Mom's concerned about fleas, so she doesn't really want us in the grass much...)

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

Love your collage for our sweet furrend Buzz!

Rascal, Riley & I would love to try a leash (Grr and Cocoa aren't that adventurous), but we aren't allowed to be seen by our neighbors cause someone might tell the landlord. ::sigh:: Sure would be nice to get out where the fev-vers live.

jenianddean said...

PS Thanks for the very special post about our dear friend Buzzy! What a sweet collage!

-Jasper McKitten-Cat

Cecil the Cougar: said...

Hmph. My Grandmommie has a bengal and he would not walk on a leash if it bit him in his private spot, but I walks on a leash! Well sort of... I sometimes walks and sometimes lays down at mommie's feets and meow until she picks me up and carries me back home! Then she places me on the bed and then gives me kisses and then I is king.