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Does anyone else's cat go walking with them?

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notpodd · 25/02/2012 21:00

We recently moved to a much more rural setting than we used to live in before, and Charlie, my Blue point Birman, has developed a rather amusing party trick. He follows me if I going walking. He has come all the way to the co-op 3 times (waiting in the garden of the house next door for me to come out) and also comes down to the river whenever we go to visit the ducks and swans. Does this happen to other rural people with precocious cats?

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CroissantNeuf · 25/02/2012 21:06

Yes, our neighbours cat does this.

We live in a semi-rural position about 1 mile out of town. The cat has followed people into town and wandered into shops and pops up all over the place.

He follows us on the walk to school quite often too. I've been known to carry him home again as otherwise he gets into the school and causes mayhem, disrupting lessons (with his presence rather than behaviour that is Wink Grin).

DickSwivellersTidyWife · 25/02/2012 21:08

YY my ginger tom used to follow me to the corner shop at the end of the road and wait on the corner to walk back home with me. He often joins us for half of the walk to school. Bonkers cat.

mummysfunny · 25/02/2012 21:12

mine does, he follows me and ds when we take our dog out for a walk. He meows and is generally very annoying. I worry about dogs chasing him and him getting lost :(

notpodd · 25/02/2012 21:13

Lordy, I hadn't though of that. My kids don't go to the local school yet - he will probably follow us there when they do.

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VillaEphrussi · 25/02/2012 21:13

Haha, yes, this has reminded me of the cats we had when I was an early teenager. A couple of them would come for rural walks along a path between fields, but then my mum took it too far and tried to take the Siamese for walks out on a lead because she'd heard that Siameses did this, and it looked ridiculous, and he didn't particularly go for it anyway. But the thought of walking with a tribe of moggies between the fields brings back almost dream-like memories I'd just about forgotten!

grannysmith10b · 25/02/2012 21:15

hi im wondering if any1 could give me any advise my little granddaughter is 10 days old and noticed that her breasts both of them have little lumps on them is this normal she is bottle fed and not not breastfed thank you in advadce

ninja · 25/02/2012 21:15

Mine's walked to school with us a few times, she's lethal across roads and I've had to carry (on the way back of course) a few times ...

QueenOfFlippingEverything · 25/02/2012 21:17

Yep - our cat comes for walks round the woods with us when we take the dog out. The cat is often more enthusiastic than the dog (but then the cat is 1, and the dog is 13).

And my friend's cat follows her to the pub and waits outside, schmoozying up to all the smokers Grin

notpodd · 25/02/2012 21:18

He was out in the snow the other day, trotting along next to me like a small white and grey lap dog. I felt ridiculous. People walked past me and just stared although I do have purple hair at the moment, so they may have been staring at that

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Kayzr · 25/02/2012 21:21

The cat we had when I was a child used to come with us when we took the dog for a walk.

There was a river and a reservoir behind our house and I remember my Mum threatening to take the cat to the cats home as he walked over the frozen reservoir and she was having a panic. Grin

DickSwivellersTidyWife · 25/02/2012 21:24

grannysmith you need to start a new thread, in Childrens Health would be best - but yes it is normal in new babies Wink

CharlotteBronteSaurus · 25/02/2012 21:24

ours does the nursery run on foot (paw?) with us.
it's ok if she waits at the door of the nursery, but somewhat embarrassing when she sneaks in with us and has to be booted out.

notpodd · 25/02/2012 21:26

These stories are amusing me no end!

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Catsmamma · 25/02/2012 21:30

Reuben and Faerie have sometimes come into the field to meet us when we come back, not together, just on odd occasions....they seem pleased to see us and the dogs and vice versa.

Given Reuben's belief that he is half puppy I am surprised he doesn't come with us, he has come out of the house and garden with us but seems to prefer to head off on his own and meet us later.

ItsallGreektome · 25/02/2012 21:40

Mine comes walking with me when i take the dogs for a walk. I look good walking down the road with a german shepherd a rottweiler and a cat... :)

mycatsaysach · 25/02/2012 21:40

dds ginger cat does this every time - really annoys the dog too

edam · 26/02/2012 14:25

One of my childhood cats used to walk me to school every morning. Thanks for reminding me of a very happy memory. Smile

CMOTDibbler · 26/02/2012 14:29

2 of our cats do this. One likes to walk down the road with anyone passing in fact. Yesterday dh was out doing some work in the community woodland and he had cat help - much to the amusement of the rest of the volunteers

mountaingirl · 26/02/2012 14:29

When I lived in Oz my cat used to come jogging with me on the beach. He also used to scare off any dogs we saw.

threeleftfeet · 26/02/2012 14:31

I used to have friends' who lived a street away. When I was visiting, I used to invite my cat along. She'd follow me down the road and come and hang out in my mates' house :)

threeleftfeet · 26/02/2012 14:32

aargh! I have offended my inner pedant with an unnecessary apostrophe! Blush

tb · 13/03/2012 01:28

We had a kitten that used to - he used to follow us to the village shop, and then wait outside panting to follow us home.

Dillie · 13/03/2012 15:52

One of my cats does this. He will follow us to school each morning and then stop by a road that we cross.

On my way back he is waiting for me and follows me home :)

Once we all went out for a walk. Must have been about 2 or 3 miles in total around the block. Tom followed us all the way! I was terrified he would run out in the road, so like a typical mad cat woman I kept calling him to follow once he started lagging behind!!!

lynniep · 13/03/2012 15:58

Oh this takes me back!
When I was young (I guess from about 8 to about 15), my parents had two poodles, as well as at least 6 cats (my step mum still has at least 6 cats - not the same cats as the dogs died about 20 years ago)
We'd walk the dogs up the back field, and always had at least 3 cats following - sometimes more come along as well. They all had there standard 'end of walk point' and so would drop off until we got to the stile, where Tiger aka fatcat would stand and yowl whilst I carried on with the dogs to the back field.
On our return, Tiger would still be there, yowling away. She'd stop making the racket and join us, and at various points on the return trip other moggies would join in until we had the full complement again!

RoxyRobin · 13/03/2012 15:58

A woman in the next street to ours used to take her cat for a walk on a lead! You'd think it would have to be some exceptionally rare breed for her to do this but it just seemed to be your everyday moggy. The poor little bugger clearly took it as a great affront judging by it's refusing to budge every few feet and all the tail-flicking that went on.

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