Earlier this week I began to fret in earnest about my upcoming move. Was it packing that led to my panic? Was it the dread of driving or fear of flying? Nay! It was the question of how I would move my cat from here to the opposite corner of the country.
After a few hours of research, it became increasingly apparent to me that flying with Fritz was not a good option—he’s too big, the risk of delays or cancellations at that time of year is too great, he’ll likely cry the whole time, etc. etc. This meant driving would have to do. The implications of that are a story for another post, but at the least it meant starting the prep work for getting Fritz comfortable in the car. Which brings us to: THE HARNESS.
I’ve been wanting to harness-train Fritz forever, but never had the guts to try until now. When I found the package in my mailbox this afternoon, it seemed a now-or-never type situation. My original plan was simply to let Fritz spend a few days being comfortable even seeing the harness before trying it out on him. With that in mind, I got it out and laid it on the floor next to me as I read the instructions.
It did not take Fritz long to become comfortable.
With Fritz in such a good mood and with my confidence building, I decided—why not? Let’s just make the harness ultra loose and see how he does with it. (“Ultra loose” on Fritz is still not so big, even with the largest size they make.) I wasn’t sure at first how I would “reward” Fritz for wearing the harness, as his digestive issues rule treats out. Then it occurred to me to use his two favorite things: hair bands and riding around on my shoulders. Overall, I’d say he did pretty great! He wore the harness for about an hour, and eventually was comfortable enough to walk around the house in it. Progress!!
If you have three minutes of your life you’re willing to part with, and if you love poorly edited self-indulgent videos of other people’s cats, might I interest you in the YouTube video I made of the event?