I once really wanted a dog. I mean, I really, really wanted a dog. And it just wasn’t fair how everyone had a Labrador (or two, those greedy #$%@$!) except for me. I couldn’t go for a run without seeing some smug so-and-so frolicking through the mountains with her Australian Shepherd. And how was I supposed to drive around town without a trusty Golden Retriever as my co-pilot?
It started getting bad. Sometimes I’d go to the dog park and decide which owners I could outrun should I accidently steal their new puppy. The children were generally a safe bet, with their short little legs. You see, fortune had dealt me a low blow. My landlady didn’t allow dogs in her condo. It was like torture; to go through my day without a dog. So one afternoon, in a state of complete desperation, I got a cat.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. A cat is no replacement for a dog. I, too, once felt the same. However, times have changed. Thanks to the evolution of the Crazy Cat Lady from that woman on the corner you warned your children about to Internet darling, I felt safe in my decision to buy a leash and take Roxy for a walk.
Three years later, Roxy and I have become avid proponents of cat walking because it’s not weird. Numerous studies have shown that walking your cat is just as good for you as it is for her, boosting both your mental and physical health.
Check out these top three compelling reasons to start walking your cat:
- It’s great exercise!
Just like humans, cats can feel anxious and depressed if left cooped up in the house all day. Take kitty outside for a bit of exercise and reap the health benefits. Unlike dogs who take it all in at once, tongues lolling, tails wagging, cats exercise a meditative approach toward experiencing nature. Follow along as kitty examines a single blade of grass before concertedly moving along to SQUIRREL! And BIRD! Grasshoppers are the best, too. But twigs and pinecones must also be contemplated with care. The best part is, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your front yard. Cats will teach you that it’s not about the destination, but rather the journey.
- Strengthen your relationship
Cats get a pretty bad rap for being aloof and insensitive. Going on an adventure with your cat will show her how totally rad you are and she will soon come to respect you and perhaps even love you over time. As kitty experiences the wonders of the natural world, you will be there, hovering by her side, lazily swiping away at your iPhone. When kitty alights at the qwork of a raven, you will be there, tugging at her leash and shouting, “Stop it! No! We’re going inside.”
- Make friends and influence people
People used to ignore me when I’d go for walks with my imaginary dog. (Maybe they assumed I was just going for a walk.) But now that I have a cat on a leash, people are compelled to talk to me and be my new Best Friend Forever. (I can’t tell you how many BFF bracelets I’ve had to buy since I started walking Roxy!) Walking the dog is so passé, but taking your cat for a stroll through the yard showcases your skillsets, patience, and, honestly, your taste. If you’ve had trouble making friends, other than cats, of course, take your furry feline out on the town and watch your social life explode.
Take it from Roxy and me, there’s no reason to let dogs have all the fun. So get out there and tell us all about your adventures!
 Yes, it is.
 No, they haven’t.
 No it’s not.