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messageAdvice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by positronic July 04, 06:06PM

Advice needed, I want to take my cats to my quiet local park. I'll drive them there in carriers, find a nice peaceful spot in the park and let them out on the lead. I have harnesses for them both and a double retracting leash for safety.
They will not be able to go beyond three meters of where I'm sitting in the park.
The dilemma I have is with dog owners releasing their dogs from their leash when they're prohibted from doing so under Southwark Park bylaws. I'm unsure what will happen to the dogs if they come over to the cats or vice versa.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by Loutwo July 04, 06:09PM

My recommendation would be to visit the dog free section of any park, which contains seating in a fenced off area. A number of parks locally have this facility provided. I would personally choose a quieter park like Belair or Hilly Fields, rather than Dulwich or Peckham Rye.

Louisa.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by Frankito July 04, 07:18PM

Very bad idea in my opinion as the opportunity for something to go wrong in such an exposed space is huge - even in the enclosed parts I have seen dogs jump the fence in hot pursuit of a squirrel..

Even in the quieter parks such as Belair the risk is still as high as there is a constant stream of dogs coming and going, mostly off-lead. Dogs can be predictably unpredictable when instinct kicks in..!

As an alternative, I wonder if you could find someone with a fully enclosed back garden who would be happy for the cats to roam around.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit was july 04, 07:20pm by Frankito.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by siousxiesue July 04, 10:11PM

positronic Wrote:
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> Advice needed, I want to take my cats to my quiet
> local park. I'll drive them there in carriers,
> find a nice peaceful spot in the park and let them
> out on the lead. I have harnesses for them both
> and a double retracting leash for safety.
> They will not be able to go beyond three meters of
> where I'm sitting in the park.
> The dilemma I have is with dog owners releasing
> their dogs from their leash when they're prohibted
> from doing so under Southwark Park bylaws. I'm
> unsure what will happen to the dogs if they come
> over to the cats or vice versa.

I can't say I'd recommend doing this, but if you do maybe 2 adults would be safer. For any unexpected event. But every instinct of mine is screaming no, tbh!

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by KidKruger July 04, 11:17PM

Crazy idea.
Putting cats in massive danger.
If a lurcher / greyhound / hunting breed is off lead and sees the cats it could be bad news.
Probably some other breeds too. Dogs donít read signs, especially when chasing cats !
Regardless of what safe Ďareaí you think youíre in.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by Rosetta July 05, 09:48AM

Terrible idea unless they were in a fenced enclosure too high for a dog to jump. The fence circling the arboretum in Peckham Rye is too low.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by Angelina July 05, 09:59AM

The secret garden in Brockwell Park has gates and is dog free (it's up by the paddling pool just past the greenhouses)


Please read the article - it talks about the effect on cats of being on leads.

[www.telegraph.co.uk]

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by KidKruger July 05, 11:15AM

...also, I'm not convinced 'No Dogs' means 'Cats, Llamas, Rhinoceros, Horses and Goats allowed'.
This has to be a wind-up thread.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by edcam July 05, 12:41PM

Not a good idea. If they're "indoor cats" you should probably keep it that way, although I'm not convinced that's a good idea for their wellbeing. Preferably, put in a cat flap and train them to use it.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by cactus July 05, 09:00PM

Mmmmm 'a double retracting leash' I think the OP is trying to have some fun on here.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by Blah Blah July 07, 08:11PM

Can't be a serious post surely? What genuine cat owner would ever take their cats to a public park on a leash? Very bad idea though if serious. Cats are not dogs and become stressed out by unfamiliar environments.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by KalamityKel July 08, 07:22AM

I think the main question to be asked here is WHY?!
What is the purpose of taking them to a park?

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by fishbiscuits July 08, 11:04AM

I hear Wetherspoons don't allow dogs, so that could be a potential safe space. Perhaps your feline friends could sign the petition.

But beware of the cat-ripper, the killer clowns, and the ever-present danger of being crushed and devalued.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by Sue July 08, 12:00PM

big grin big grin big grin

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by SpringTime July 08, 03:07PM

You could always take them to the Middle East - that's where they come from after all.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by peckham_ryu July 10, 02:32PM

Cats are nocturnal, so just take them at midnight when all good dogs are fast asleep.

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by Gaynor Hill July 10, 04:49PM

Not a good Idea cats hate unfamiliar places they really will be stressed out there very territorial animals
I understand your feelings behind this but honestly it will upset them

messageRe: Advice needed taking my cats to my local park
Posted by tiddles July 10, 08:43PM

Do not do it!!


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