My cats, Freyja and Lucipurr, live indoors — they’re both rescues and were found outside — so they show zero interest in ever going out. I wanted to make sure they got some fresh air, so I bought a cat stroller. Several companies make a variety of strollers for indoor cats such as my girls. While they aren’t wildly popular, and they appeal to the crazier of us crazy cat people, I definitely recommend them, as my girls, particularly Freyja, absolutely love their stroller.
However, the reactions we’ve received from people who run into us on the street have included excited, adoring, and downright rude and offensive. Here is a list of all the great and not-so-great things I’ve heard when taking my girls for a stroll.
1. “Have a baby already!”
When I wrote about walking cats in a stroller in an article on Mommyish, I focused a lot on this specific comment. It’s a rare one, but man, it really gets to me. I think it’s insensitive, given how many people do have cats as “replacement children.” Not to mention that neither they nor I have any idea where my fertility stands (as I haven’t started trying to have kids yet). Also, it’s just plain rude.
2. “You could have 20 babies in there and I wouldn’t give a hoot, but you have a cat!”
This was a lovely older lady who stopped to coo over my Freyja while she was walking with her husband. I loved her comment because it’s the opposite of what you’d expect to hear. Ten points to all the cat mamas out there!
3. “Is that a cat?!”
No, totally not a cat.
4. “No cats allowed in the mall.”
So Freyja and I have been banned from the nearest shopping center. It’s a shame because she loved the quiet atmosphere and the smooth ride on the tiles vs. the sometimes bumpy pavement. She is also remarkably quiet when we’re out.
Most people never notice I’m pushing a cat around because she is so well behaved. And when they do notice, they get a real kick out of it, especially kids and fellow cat people. I did manage to sneak past security once in order to get groceries but was summarily also banned from the grocery store. Oh well.
5. “You’re mad!”
Yep, and proud of it. However, these two things are not related. If anything, my lifetime of mental health struggles has given me a thick skin and more than enough of the courage necessary to take my cats around town in a stroller.
6. “Can I show my kids your cats?”
Moms are usually totally awesome and want their kids to meet my cats, which I am 100 percent willing to do. Kids love seeing the kitties in the stroller, and some even tell me all about their cats at home. Sometimes, kids spot me first and point out the kitties to their parents; sometimes the parents are the first to spot me and want to show their kids. All these interactions have been lovely!
Freyja is actually brilliant with kids and perks up when we approach them. I can only imagine what will happen one day when my husband and I are pushing a cat stroller AND a baby stroller!
7. “She is one spoiled article!”
You bet. I would proudly declare my two kitties are easily the most spoiled kitties in the city of Belfast. I guess it’s pretty obvious how spoiled they are when you see their human is pushing them around in a big pink pram!
8. “I need one of those! Where did you get it?”
And so my plan for world domination by cat stroller begins! Or maybe it’s the cats’ plan …
For those interested, the featured stroller is the Happy Trails Deluxe Stroller by PetGear.
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About the author: Hana lives in Belfast after moving from the U.S. of A. with her two spoiled kittens, two chubby rats, and one cheeky husband. Hana works in admin but occasionally goes on tour working for an Austrian death metal band. When she’s not putting up road-weary punk rockers and metallers, you can find her taking the cats around town in their stroller, whipping up new recipes, or playing way too many video games. She writes at Mommyish and Catster. Follow her on Twitter and Tumblr.