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Woman secretly filmed pulling her cat down the street on a lead — 11 Comments

  1. it really IS hard 2 say. it LOOKS like shes thinking more about keeping up with her child, & expecting the cat 2 follow suit,but with all the sights smells, etc.it DOES SEEM like the collar situation is new despite the lack of struggling. i guess i agree with Michelle S. the animal ISNT showing the CLASSIC signs of FEELING scared. id like 2 take MY cat outside(only in the backyard…lessening dangers & distractions), but my ex refuses 2 go the leash & harness route. its a quandary, no doubt,but if u take time & have patience… maybe she had the right idea, but a very flawed execution of that idea. without talking 2 her WE will never truly know. this doesnt SEEM as cut-&-dry as the tangled cat scenario. also, lets be honest here. if any parent is out with their child & a complete stranger comes up 2 u SEEMING 2 talk about trying 2 HELP u with your animal, BUT your child is RIGHT THERE. are u RLY gonna stop & listen 2 them in an age where kids r taken right in front of their parents? when animals r used as a means 2 seduce kids into cars/vans with strangers? there jus seems 2 b more going on than most r taking in. if u dont have your own children, or a child in your life that is EXTREMELY important 2 u, u might not factor that in. jus something 2 think about.

  2. Out of my 9 cats 3 do walk on a lead but it took patience,time and training and the ones who refused to learn I take them for walks in their pet stroller which is wot this woman should invest in!

    • I think you have hit the nail on the head. This woman does not have the patience to train her cat to walk on a leash and has assumed he or she will take to walking on a lead just like a dog, which as we know is far from the truth.

  3. I think it’s much easier to leash train a dog, but mostly I see dogs pulling people. It does take time and patience, something people have little of.

    This woman pulling her cat may not have been intending to abuse, but it looks that way to viewers.

    I never used a leash on my toddlers, but I can see how they may be a protective device, to keep a child from running away or into the street. They are much faster than adults, and can be hard to catch before it’s too late.

      • I know the cat doesn’t appear very willing to go walkies, but their tail is upright and they aren’t slunk low to the ground or refusing to move, as one might expect to see in a scared cat. Perhaps it was their first time out in public or the heavy traffic was making it more nervous? Although of course that doesn’t explain why the lady ignored Miss Dance when she tried to speak to her.

        I’m not opposed to people walking their cats if it’s the only way for them to have safe access to the outdoors, but a body harness should always be used instead of a neck collar.

        • I agree that it is not all that bad but there are some bad aspects to it which for me is the woman’s attitude. However, I don’t think cat lovers should necessarily be so vociferously critical of this person. I sometimes wonder if people who love cats and who are cat advocates can sometimes be a little bit dogmatic in their thoughts. I think we have to look at things in the round, taking into account all the circumstances. Can advocates who can be too critical can, ironically, work against cat welfare, I believe.

          • Michael I believe that a little tact and diplomacy can often achieve a much better result than berating someone. The main goal is to help the animal, but that won’t happen if we alienate the owner. Sometimes a little gentle guidance can help them develop a better relationship with their pet.

            Whenever I’ve watched TV documentaries on the work of the RSPCA etc., I’ve noticed they tend to adopt a courteous approach if they think the owner just needs some help and education to take better care of their animals. Obviously if the owner doesn’t improve the standard of care, then they will take formal action to remove the pets from the home.

            • I agree completely. A lot of the time it is ignorance and not maliciousness.

              If the person is decent then ignorance can be fixed with education.

              That said I have just criticised a woman who drove around with her cat tied to the bonnet of her car 😉 . I think I am justified.

            • The RSPCA are ALWAYS courteous and diplomatic when the TV crews and local jounalists are present. It makes them look good and if garners many donations.

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