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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:00 pm 
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Bengal Kitten

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We have started walking our 18 month old tinkerbell and need some suggestions to make it more fun for her and us. Sometimes she walks really well but other times she pulls and if we go with her she ends going round in circles.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:36 pm 
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If you have just started walking your kitty, then this is completely new to her. Everything outdoors is strange. Just let her go at her own pace right now and she will, over time, expand her walking area. In the beginning, Raiden and I just walked around our yard, completely around the house several times, laid in the driveway, in the grass. Then he started heading toward the road and we walked around the cul-de-sac. Now he walks down the street, down a side street. Sometimes he wants to walk to the park at the corner. He leads and I follow, unless I am forced to pick him up to keep him out of traffic. It's a slow process, but I'm sure she's enjoying your walks -- it's just not as exciting to you. But give it some time and she will head out farther and farther each time. It's a big scary world out there.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:54 pm 
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There are a variety of outdoor trees (look here and here for examples) you can buy to give vertical space and height for kitty to get a good view of the garden area (territory) and you can buy toys for games you only play outside... this is assuming you have a garden. You can make the garden much more fun and to be honest its better to start out in the garden until kitty gains confidence outdoors, progress to street walks later.

If you dont have a garden then stay close to the home and keep walks short and regular. Remember even just a little explore outside (especially if its all new) is very stimulating for kitty and there is alot going on... noises we cant hear and bugs we dont notice for example.
Walking further comes in time and when confidence grows... if you have any green space that is not busy (with people and dog walkers) near your home you could consider getting kitty car trained for short (safe) trips and use your car to reach a favourite place to run around and play on grass ect.
Obviously any long journey requires a strapped in carrier for safety .... but a 2 min drive round the corner you can relax a bit and take kitty for a drive letting them see out of windows on the way - the back parcel shelf is a likely spot for kitty to sit (drive slow and carefully).

As for making walks more fun for humans I have no suggestions.... personally I keep one eye on Cleo and tidy up my inbox on my phone or something .... or I just put up with the walk not being as fun for me as it is for her.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:58 pm 
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Thank you for your suggestions. We dont have a garden so have taken Tinkerbel to the beach. She was doing well until one night we were walking from the beach to the common and she spied rabbits. Since then when we have took her down to the beach she has just pulled to go back to the rabbits. Tonight we decided to take your advise and we just walked on the common. She didn't pull and was happy. Thanks again.


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