Chanel has made it abundantly clear that she prefers to ride. She will walk with her harness and leash on, she just chooses not to walk. I have tried to carry her and that isn’t her thing either.
So what do you do? If we are in a store, this is fine as I can put her in the cart and she can look around or stand up and see what is going on around her. But she proved a couple of weeks ago that this isn’t always safe when she launched herself out of the cart at Petsmart going after a cricket on the floor. Thankfully ,I always have her leash in my hand and while she had enough slack not to hang herself, she couldn’t get very far once she got to the floor.
However, what about other events? I am planning to take her to the BlogPaws conference in Kansas City in April, and I am also hoping to get her to some outside events around town. Not to mention I would like to start checking out restaurants around town once the weather gets nice (if that ever happens in Ohio) to see if she is allowed on patios. If she won’t walk and won’t let me carry her (which honestly is fine – she gets heavy after a while), I need to find another option.
I actually took her to a local pet store and tried her out in a stroller they have set up. Figuring that she rides in carts, this shouldn’t be an issue. After a couple of minutes, I knew I was in big trouble….the princess has found her carriage.
I know that it would be much safer for her as well. The strollers I have researched all come with enclosed carrying spaces, so she would be secure. Most of them have space for me to throw her backpack. Heck, some even have cupholders. They collapse to fit in the car. All good things.
I have to be honest, I’m not sure I can do it. I don’t know if it is the word “stroller” that puts me off or just the image of me pushing around a kitten in a carriage that isn’t working for me.
I have thought about alternatives too. What about a wagon? That would be great as I could throw her backpack in there. But a wagon is behind me and I can’t keep track of her as easily plus she would have a greater ability to get out or have people or dogs get to her. I have searched the internet for cart type alternatives and haven’t found anything.
Basically, this comes down to my mental block about this whole thing. What about you? Do you have a stroller cat? Have you seen one around and what did you think? Would you do it?