Strollerderby!

I’ve had my pet stroller for about 2 weeks now and I’m enjoying being able to take some of my gang out walking with me.  However, I don’t think they feel the same way.

I took Vlad out first.  That first time he seemed very interested in the outside world.  He sat quietly in the stroller and looked around the entire time.  He even saw a squirrel which made him sit up.

The second day, I took Vlad and Kiska.  I managed to fit them both in there quite comfortably.  As we started getting past the busy street, I noticed Kiska just was not having it.  She kept meowing at me the way she does when she’s not pleased about something.  Vlad on the other hand seemed to be moping.  I thought maybe he didn’t like having to share the ride.   I wound up turning around after about 15 minutes. I wasn’t going to force Kiska to be in there if she wasn’t happy.

The next day I took Vlad out again.  This time he just sat in the back corner of the stroller and could have cared less about seeing anything.  Also, when I tried to get him in the stroller and in the harness the next day he just ran from me, so I decided he probably doesn’t enjoy it much.

So that makes 1 kitty not happy riding and 1 meh about riding.

Oksana was next.  It took about 20 minutes for her to really get into it, but she sat quietly and looked out the front of the stroller the entire time.  Did she enjoy it?  I think she did while she was in there, but when I tried to get the harness on her yesterday she ran.  So I’m thinking that’s a no.

So, since Oksana wasn’t in the mood, I decided it was time for Czari to take a turn.  I got the harness on her closed the cover of the stroller and we were off. Now she actually seemed a lot more curious than the others.  She was standing, bobbing her head, taking in the smell of the air and just looking around all over.  I wonder if her being a stray for so long might make her a little more open to the outside world than the others, who really have been indoor cats since they were kittens.  I’ll taking her out again to see if she enjoys it the second time around.

Last but not least, my little guy, Maks.  I’m on the fence about him.  Maks is a very skittish cat.  When anyone knocks on my door he immediately runs upstairs and hides.  I tried taking him out for a walk in the hallway once on a leash and he was just miserable and constantly trying to get back inside.  I think putting him in a stroller may be too traumatic for him, which makes me sad because I think he’d really enjoy riding and seeing some of the outside world.  But, I don’t want to put him through something I know is going to make him so uncomfortable if there is no need to.

As it now stands:

Vlad – On the fence

Oksana – On the fence

Maks – No

Kiska – No

Czarina – Possible yes

This makes me glad I didn’t spend a lot of money on the stroller.  I originally wanted to get a really nice decked out one.  But that would have cost me close to $200.  If they all wind up not wanting to ride the stroller, then I’ll only be out about $50.  Still a lot of money to throw away, but not as bad as $200.  If anything, I can always sell it and get at least $30 from it.

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