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    Well, we've had an interesting development. Normally I drive the dogs to large parks where they can run off-lead, however every now and then we go for walks around the block as well. The cat has decided he would like to be included on these walks :s He sits at the door like the dogs before we open it, then goes outside with them and walks perfectly alongside us as we walk down the street - not stopping to sniff or anything, just walks along next to us with his head up and tail held high. I'm too scared to walk far with him in case he runs onto a road or something, but he gets so upset when he take him back and lock him inside.
    He wrestles with the dogs as well - it's like the national geographic documentary where the lions hunt elephants (since he's 4kg and the smallest dog is 25kg) and he's just generally not very cat like these days. He's a Tonkinese - maybe that's the problem.

    How do I make my cat realise that he's not a dog? He looks a bit scruffy these days because he's always wrestling, stalking and playing with the dogs and he doesn't seem to be as interested in cleaning himself. My partner commented the other day that maybe he's old enough to start acting like a cat now, the way someone would remark if you'd had your son playing with the girls lol until now. Since he was a baby he has been with Sammy, he even tried to suckle from Sammy at one stage :s and he never sees any other cats - is this the problem?

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    I wouldn't think it is a problem. I don't think there is anyway you would be able to change it without having one very grumpy kitty. Maybe get a leash and harness for him to wear when you go for walks that way you will know he is safe and he still gets to come!

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    Lol I'm picturing your tiny little cat in a studded collar. Too cute sorry can't offer any advise. I used to have a cat that would follow me to the bus stop on the way to school. He would always be safe at home when I got home in the arvo. Prob just doesn't want to be left out

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    My cat follows us to the corner (the neighbour's front yard) and then meows mournfully until we are out of sight. She once followed us into the park and then ran up a tree and was still there meowing her head off when we got back. Fortunately all it took was us walking over there and then walk off slowly to persuade her to jump down eventually.

    My previous cats very often followed me to the local shops. Then waited until I came out of the shops to walk back with me. But our current cat is tiny and would run if a dog chased her, unlike my other cats who stood their ground. Which is why I would not take her with me. We live in a quiet loop street and she is not used to traffic at all.

    If you trust that you would be able to keep him safe if a dog rushed at him, I second the lead suggestion.

    Oh and my cat regularly "suckles" my dog. The dog just lies there looking confused. The only time we ever left the cat home alone for a week, she hardly greeted us but she crawled all over the dog for the first 12 hours until the dog finally growled at her - the only time I've ever heard her growl at anyone!
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    My cats used to come with us on some dog walks. Also they used to both sleep in the kennel with the dogs.

    I don't know why you would want to stop the cat being part of it. Like someone else said, get a harness and lead so the cat can come.

    Tessa, lol at studded collar. I used to have a black cat called Ekko who has a leather studded collar. It had been Chevy's when she was a pup and when she grew out of it, I put it on the cat LOL

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    I guess I was just worried about him, that and well he does look terribly scruffy these days from all the wrestling with the dogs... I can them to leave it, but he sees that as an opportunity and pounces on them - if they're sitting he even goes for the head. No claws or teeth or anything but they all mouth each other so he is almost permanently covered in dog slobber these days And I try and tell him no but he's insufferable.

    I'm not so worried about dogs charging - very few dogs are game to charge a doberman and a doberman cross ridgeback but if they did and he was in a harness I suppose I could just pull him up lol. He has no fear of dogs. He was once charged by Sammy's best friend (a giant GSD) and he just stood there, thinking it would be like his interactions with my dogs. Fortunately we grabbed the dog before he got to him :s

    Might be him a harness, seems it's not so uncommon for cats to want to come on walks with their canine friends so might just give it a go and see what happens

    Loving hearing all the cute stories about cats and dogs though

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    I'm yet to see a dog take on a cat that doesn't run away (I'm sure they're out there, but it's rare). It is their best defense. We meet two gorgeous tomboys on our morning walk every day. They are so delightfully sure of themselves. Even when my dog rushes up to them, they barely react. If she gets too pushy they will puff themselves up and she has had to jump away to avoid the odd swipe across the nose. But they will often turn their back to her to walk up to me to get a treat even when my dog is showing all the signals that she is trying to initiate a chase. I love cats like that. I worry about our cat because her instinct is to run first. She may meet a dog that can outrun her one day and she wouldn't have time then to turn around and defend herself once they catch up with her.

    My old dog used to be an obsessive cat chaser. She once managed to chase a big tomcat up a tree because she took him by surprise. I am not kidding, the next day when we walked past the exact same spot, the cat was waiting for her. And chased her round and round the front yard!!!

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    I think those asian cats can hold their own against most dogs. I saw someone taking his cat for a walk on Victoria Park one time. It's a huge off lead area for dogs. Cat spend some time on his owner's shoulders. It was weird.

    You can train a cat to come when called and all that. So if he's trained and willing to walk on lead - I don't see why not. Unless you meet some other grumpy dogs on the walk which could get interesting but he's easy to put up high.

    Cats can manage walks of 3km or more each way... at least that's how far they can get from home at night and still be home for breakfast, if you leave them to their own devices.

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    Yea get a sling harness for the cat.

    I have one for Pippi and oyu literally can just yank em up off the ground LOL..very handy

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    I'll give it a go and let you know how it goes Sammy has perfect recall, Zoe about 75% - so can't go off-lead anywhere that something bad could happen or that's not contained, and Vasco maybe 20%? He knows his name well enough and comes running at top speed when he wants to, but the rest of the time well... I can't even stop him from tackling my doberman let alone get him to come. I don't know that I'm game to take him to off-lead dog areas, but a quiet walk around the block - well might be just what he needs now that I think about it. He has put on a bit of weight ever since he was desexed so some exercise might do him good.

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