You Might Want To Rethink Taking Your Cat For A Walk

No-one and we mean NO ONE loves going for a walk as much as dogs, but what about our other furry companions?

With almost two-thirds of the nation's households owning a dog, cat or other pet companion, Aussies have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world.

That's according to the RSPCA, who have also found dogs are the most common pet, with just under 40 percent of households owning man's best friend.

Cats, aren't far behind, clawing and purring their way into 30 percent of Aussie households.

And while we all do our best to take care of our pets, because let's face it, we just don't deserve dogs (and all our other pets too)... sometimes we might be doing our best mates more harm than good.

As we head into the warmer months, Aussies naturally spend more times outside with their pets, particularly our dogs who seem to love that beach weather even more than we do.

Pro tip: never say the word W-A-L-K within a 100 metre radius of any good boy/girl unless you're prepared for this reaction, every. single time.

And while you may be tempted to do the same for your cats, or other pets, you might want to consider putting that leash down.

There's no doubt that taking your cat --or teacup pig, see below but be warned there is a high-chance of squealing from too much cuteness-- out for a walk is great 'gram content.

But you might actually be causing them a lot of distress, if they're not trained to take walks from a young age.

LOOK AT HIM. Source: Getty Images

President of the Australian Veterinary Association Dr Paula Parker said whether it's a good idea to take your pet out for a walk on a leash depends on the kind of pet you have and the environment they're used to.

Parker told 10 daily that while every pet needs to have physical activity to keep them interested in their environment, cats can often be stimulated enough at home without needing to be walked.

"[Cats] are often a lot safer if they're indoors."

Parker said we see a lot less cats walking around on leads than dogs because it can often take a lot more effort for the owners and the animals, especially when it comes to training.

"It can be more dangerous to walk a cat because they are a lot more flighty," Parker said.

"Sometimes when people take their cats for a walk they are enjoying it,  but the cat is often afraid."

She said cats can be trained to walk, but this needs to happen from when they are kittens so that the experience can be enjoyable for them as well.

"But if you were to take your seven-year-old cat and try and put a lead on it tomorrow, it would find that really stressful."

Parker said even for dogs, physical activity is also dependent on the size of the animal.

"Different species have slightly different needs ... just like a Kelpie needs a different amount of exercise to a Chihuahua".

Sun safety is always important when going for walkies. Source: Getty Images

So that solves it folks.

It's time to put the leads down, get the jungle gym's out, and keep your bunnies and birds in their cages (for the most part), your fish in their aquariums ... and keep one eye on those cheeky pet rocks at all times.

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