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First Caturday Portland @ Laurelhurst Park | Free, Outdoor Cat Napping & Socializing, First Saturdays

January 5
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Venue

Laurelhurst Park
SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd & Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Friends of Caturday

First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends!

It is a day for delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing.

It is where we can freely exchange information, friendship, and joy to help make our cats happy and healthy.
Some cats actually like leash walks, others stroller walks, and still others just to come to the park in their pet carriers to listen to the birds singing.

How to walk your cat and why you should (try) :

Not all cats will want to be walked on a leash, but every cat should be given the opportunity.

“First, let me start by saying not every cat is a candidate for leash training. As with any type of training, there’s a learning curve but if your cat is easily stressed or you think she’ll never be comfortable, then don’t do it. You know your cat. Use that knowledge to make a sound decision that will benefit her and not stress or endanger her. Age is also a factor here. It’s much easier to train a kitten to accept leash-walking.” (Pam Johnson-Bennett, Cat Behavior Expert)

If you plan on introducing your kitty to a leash, train often and slowly. You are literally introducing them to a whole new world, so be patient and let your cat walk you or just enjoy a spot in the sun together.

Do not bring your cat to First Caturday if they are not sufficiently leash trained or comfortable with the outdoors in a stroller/carrier!

“Cats should be trained indoors first.
For the sake of safety, it’s crucial to start training indoors….purchasing a harness and leaving it inside the house for your cat to play with and smell, so he isn’t afraid of it. Next, strap your cat into the harness and make sure it’s properly fitted and that your pet is comfortable. Then let kitty wear the harness around the house. Let him drag the leash and grow accustomed to having something strapped around his body.” (Sherry Woodard, Animal Behavior Consultant)

+PROS+
1. Build their confidence !
2. Walking your furbaby can help strengthen the bond between a cat and his owner, giving the pair something to experience together ⚛.
3. Walking a cat can provide your pet with a more enriched life.
4. When out for a walk — rather than prowling an apartment — a cat will use his brain in different and more thoughtful ways.

It’s completely fine if a cat decides, nope, no park for me please. Totally fine if a cat doesn’t like First Caturday and wants to go straight home. Or it’s completely fine if a cat decides to stay inside a pet-carrier and not come out on the leash.

If you try bringing your cat in one of these safe and supervised ways, you may find that your cat likes fresh air and the change of scenery. This is one more option to enrich your cat’s life. If you have a shy kitty, you can skip the big group, and just try sitting in your backyard with your cat in the carrier. And some kitties just don’t like the outdoors and that’s a-okay! Respect their choice to stay inside.

With or without a cat, you’re welcome at #firstcaturday

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