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post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
I've never had luck grooming any animal i'm cursed lol and cats always try and claw me when i do it. I'm not hurting them thats for sure by the time the comb hits a hair there already climbing on me and crap.

Also people are talking about collars and such since when did cats turn into dogs? Should i tie her outside to lol give her a squeaky toy. Just because my cat thought she was a guard dog lets not over react lol.

I so could use some good back up to laugh at tonight. Anybody got comments on the new hip kitty supplies? You think they got spiked collars
post #2 of 33
Cats have collars on because they usually have some id on it such as a phone number, or a disc to let people know their chipped so they can be scanned if they get lost.
post #3 of 33
Yea, collars can be very important in case your cat is lost or sneaks out. You'll probably think it's funny that Zissou is leash and harness trained, then, too, and that we go out for walks together.

I did see one thing in the Fosters and Smith catalog that I thought was ridiculous though, http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2002+113874

I cannot imagine any cat being happy or comfortable in that.
post #4 of 33
Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
I did see one thing in the Fosters and Smith catalog that I thought was ridiculous though, http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2002+113874

I cannot imagine any cat being happy or comfortable in that.
Every cat I kow would have shredded whoever it was that was trying to get them in and carry them in that thing!!
post #5 of 33
Thread Starter 
Oh come on that looks so hot hehe, he's strapped to mommy. Yea true they would hate you after that lol.

My cat walks outside she runs back in. But come on leashes, walking them, over reacting with the whole cat stuff lol. These are cats not miniature dogs :P. Anybody else teach there kitties to walk on leashes.
post #6 of 33
Actually there are a lot of people who walk their cats on leashes, and yes I am aware that Zissou is not a miniature dog. I am also aware that, being formerly feral, she likes being outside, and that allowing her outside is very dangerous esp where I live, and so I have harness trained her and we go for walks. Zissou loves them, and never wants to come inside. I do not expect her to walk down the sidewalk with me like a dog, if that is what you're envisioning. We go out and I play follow-the-kitty, moseying along wherever she feels like sniffing around, but within six feet so I can keep her out of danger.

Yea, that carrier thing doesn't even look like it works, since the woman is still holding the cat by it's bottom feet and ribcage. Zissou would kill me in my sleep, or else find the thing, and hide it where I'd never find it.
post #7 of 33
Thread Starter 
lol yea they like to rip you off i'd say.

My cats are barn cats so there out 24/7 danger is danger. I love them and i'm still keeping Krizzy in the house but once she gets older i'll put her outside. Unlike other people that put out un-fixed animals i don't allow breeding.

So she'll be spayed and get all her shots and such. But it doesn't change the fact that she'll live outside as a barn cat. I think the collars are adorable and stuff but a few people get crazy lol. :P
post #8 of 33
Originally Posted by KittyPaws
I think the collars are adorable and stuff but a few people get crazy lol. :P
Please respect members if they wish to take their cats out on harnesses, put collars on them etc...Their being cautious owners at the end of the day.
post #9 of 33
Thread Starter 
I am i'm just interested in how many people do it. If its really a big thing or not.
post #10 of 33
There is a lot of members here who take their cats out on harnesses, especially when their indoor cats. I do with my two but only in my yard, because they've been indoor cats from being a few weeks old.

I don't want to expose them to the dangers of the outside world with idiots with pellet guns, cars etc...because i live in a built up area, but i want them to feel what a breeze is like and to smell different things around them.
post #11 of 33
Thread Starter 
I understand that i use to live in a bad city but i'm now living on a ranch so theres not much danger here which is good.

But it would be nice if others would share theres idea's and such on kitty collars and such.
post #12 of 33
Heres a link to a thread on collars for you to have a look at in the meantime.

post #13 of 33
Thread Starter 
Interesting.. hehe thanks
post #14 of 33
My two cats have collars. I also have leashes and harnesses for them. My cat's have gotten out of the harnesses so I'm not ready to take them out, but we go for car rides regularly. I wanted them to not associate the car with the Vet, so we go for rides.
post #15 of 33
You need a h-style harness. I'm guessing you have a figure-8 one? When fitted properly, cats cannot get out of harnesses without dislocating their joints. If you need any help doing it, I'd be glad to answer any questions!
post #16 of 33
Thread Starter 
Thats neat, yea my dog is scared of the car lol she thinks i'm taking her to the funny looking guy with gloves :P (vet).
post #17 of 33
All of my cats have worn collars. They have ID and Immunization tags on them. Milo and my late Tigger loved to walk on their harness. If I put them out in the backyard they would sit at the end of their leash towards the gate and wait for me to talk them walking around the block. We'd usually get a couple blocks in and then they'd turn around and head home. They get a little more distracted than a dog but they really enjoy their walks. I'll be teaching my new kitten Nermal in a onth or so once he's had all his shots. Just incase something happens and all.

I even taught my ferrets to walk on a leash. It really just takes time. I think just having them tied out in the yard helps a lot. They learn once they reach the end of the leash, they have to go the other way. This translates into walking. Just put a little tension on the leash and they'll usually decide to move for you after a while. It may take quite a while sometimes, but their curiosity will usually win them over and they'd rather walk with you than fight the leash. If your cat won't go, please don't pull or drag them.
post #18 of 33
Pudge has a collar with her rabies tag and a tag with her name and our phone # on it. If she gets out, it could be the difference between us being reunited or her being killed or carted off to a distant location and dumped by someone who sees her as a pest(hopefully none of that will happen).

I don't think she's a miniature dog just because I take steps to make her identifiable should she run out of the house.
post #19 of 33
Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
Yea, collars can be very important in case your cat is lost or sneaks out. You'll probably think it's funny that Zissou is leash and harness trained, then, too, and that we go out for walks together.

I did see one thing in the Fosters and Smith catalog that I thought was ridiculous though, http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2002+113874

I cannot imagine any cat being happy or comfortable in that.
I like how it says it's a good hands free way to carry your cat, yet in the photo, the lady is holding the cat's front paws with one hand, and her back paws with the other hand!!

And my kitty is an indoor kitty who is microchipped, but she has a cute pink collar with flowers on it that has her County ID tag, with her ID number on it, and Animal Services phone number on it. If she does manage to get lost, people may assume she is not owned if she has no collar since they can't see a microchip. If they see the collar with a phone number, they can call Animal Services, give them her ID number, and they can trace her back to me without whoever finds her needing to take her somewhere to get checked for a microchip.

And I walk my kitty too, she loves smelling and looking at everything outside. Just because she's an inside cat, there's no reason why she should never be allowed safe outdoor exploration!
post #20 of 33
I wish my kitties were leash trained. I'd love to take them out for walks.

My oldest cat was an indoor kitty that was thrown away when she was about a year old People moved out and abandoned the poor thing. I found her crying in the bushes outside my apartment building. After checking with the security guards who said that they tried to find her family for 2 weeks and couldn't, they put her outside So we kind of adopted each other. I chased her around bushes until she let me catch her and then gave me kisses on the nose! That was over 13 years ago.

I used to take her outside with a collar and leash during the summer and she would just lay by the chair. I moved not long after that and she didn't like going outside anymore so she's been a strictly indoor kitty since.

My youngest has only been outside when I have to take her to the Vet. She loves having the window open and looking outside at the birds though.

I think it's so cute to see people getting out with their cats on a leash. It's good exercise for the cat and for the fur mommy/daddy
post #21 of 33
Thread Starter 
I think its very weird and if your cat doesn't come back when you call than really can you say it should be outside? I've seen alot of animals get out of collars or their harranas and it can be dangours if there not being watched.

They love to rub agaisn't things so the possiblity of getting there collar snugged is a big risk. My cats go outside free range you just make a kiss sound and they come running back.
post #22 of 33
Cats in a harness should never ever be left unattended or tied to anything unless you are seriously right there (like you are on your deck and you attach them to the chair you are sitting in-- even then it could be a problem if a dog shows up or something).

Breakaway collars solve the problem of them possibly becoming snagged on something. Not 100%, but compared to dog-type collars, they do.

And just to re-emphasize, cats cannot be walked on a leash with just a collar. Cat collars even carry warnings to that effect. They have to have a harness or a walking jacket.
post #23 of 33
Thread Starter 
I can't keep up in here lol. I agree Zissou's mom .
post #24 of 33
Hello Kitty Paws

I know where you are coming from. I find the idea of walking my cat on a leash rather strange as well. I live in the UK where it is much more common to have an indoor/outddor kitty and I guess, I should put a collar on them, but I have seen some bad pictures where cats got stuck with them in awkward places (even the breakaway ones), so I am not going to. They are both microchipped though and the neighbours know them, so they don't think they are strays.

Calling them back is easy.... just open a packet of food... this will normally bring Gizmo back and then Bubbles follows out of curiosity.

Dangers outside ? Well, I live in London, so obviously cars are a danger, but they are both scared of cars and motorbikes, which helps keeping them out of the road. Gizmo also likes to go next door and steal their cats food, which isn't very much appreciated by the neighbour's rather huge cat. So far Gizmo has escaped with a smack on the bum from "Huge Cat", I am sure she can hold her own in a fight though.

What other dangers ? Not really sure, and I don't really want to think about it too much. The foxes are fine for now, but I may have to keep an eye on them in the winter since we now have wheelie-bins and they can no longer feed off the rubbish and lovingly spread the contents of our bin bags all over the pavements.

I know in the US you have a lot more dangerous animals about, so keeping your cats indoors might be a good idea, but here in London the wildlife is limited.
post #25 of 33
Thread Starter 
The most i see is deer out here and we live next to a forest. Not much of coyotes and such people "think" they see them but come on they look like dosmetic dogs so really theres no way to determine what people see.

So really the only danger is cars because we don't have many animals out here maybe a few stray cats. But thats about it.
post #26 of 33
I really don't think the situation with cars even in London compares to the average road in the US. Gasoline in the UK costs twice as much as it does here (US dollars per gallon). Families have four or five cars. People go over 60 mph (around 100 kph) on regular streets, even in residential areas, regardless of the speed limit.

If I lived in the UK I would probably let my baby girl outside too, or at least in an enclosed garden.

Here, the alley/driveway behind my building is even dangerous due to the number of cars, and you have to go down a residential street and through a parking lot to get to it.

That and the fact that not everyone will swerve to miss a cat in the road. Or even be paying enough attention to what they're doing to notice that that wasn't a speedbump.
post #27 of 33
lol,yeah - the good thing about London is that there are so many cars, they all go quite slowly. But I live in the suburbs and we have these idiots racing down the residential streets like mainacs. Thankfully they usually also have these huge exhausts which make a ton of noise, so the cats hear them early enough.

It must be nie to live in a country where filling up your car doesn't cost an arm and a leg and then some (and that's not only for petrol, but also for shopping...)
post #28 of 33
Oh, I've never had a car. For one thing, I don't believe in paying someone to destroy the planet. But yes, the prices of everything else that runs on gas are lower here, and I guess I'm glad for that (you're right, gas prices affect pretty much every single thing we buy).

I think the strangeness of leash-training is a cultural thing, here it is sort-of normal. Another person in the building next to me (only 6 units per building, so we aren't talking many people) has her cat out on a leash too. My sister's cat was trained on a leash as a kitten, until he was brain damaged. I've seen other people at the park and such with their cats on leashes.

Whereas, I imagine you've never seen it or if you did it was quite the novelty. Just like I giggle when I hear someone use the word "whilst" with a straight face.
post #29 of 33
All of ours wore a collar until their first birthday, as training for times when a collar is crucial. Such as moving.
Two of ours are permanantly in collars.
One because she was feral, and still makes dashes for the door, the other because she wears a medic alert tag.

All are microchipped.
post #30 of 33
Thread Starter 
Gas prices really never take affect on me i hate bush period so i guess its more of a face the facts kind of thing. But i travel alot so i guess i'm use to all types of prices. But it is expensive in some parts of Ohio and here its about $2.82 a gallon.

My charger is pretty good on gas though so it really doesn't matter. I shop alot lol, but in the malls theres sales and such hehe,
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