Frankie’s Walk Goes Awry

I took Frankie for a walk Thursday but this time he took me on a different route. He doesn’t always go the same way but he usually heads out away from the front of the house. This time we walked around the corner and went behind the house.

By the time we reached the second street I noticed a cat just past the house on the corner. He was looking at Frankie and Frankie, I thought, was looking at him. I was expecting trouble but nothing happened. Frankie just continued on. Perhaps Frankie’s eyesight isn’t so good. I don’t know.

So we continued another block or so and when it became clear that Frankie was just going to continue to walk in a straight line away from home I decided to turn him around. I have tested him in the past to see how far he will go and it never ends well. I always end up carrying him home way farther than I want to.

I picked Frankie up and started walking back toward home. I knew he would struggle but that was okay because I just wanted to turn him around, not end his time outside. By the time we got back to the street that the cat was on Frankie started struggling so I put him down. That is when he really noticed the cat and started walking toward him. There was no growling or hissing so I thought maybe It would be a friendly encounter but that was like thinking I might win the lottery without buying a ticket.

When Frankie got closer both cats started making a loud yowling sound. This cat had a collar so he wasn’t a stray. I quickly snapped a photo and then picked Frankie up and carried him home.

He fought me all the way but I thought he was too agitated to continue a walk so I held on until we got home. I will have to see on our next walk if he remembers and heads that way again.

32 thoughts on “Frankie’s Walk Goes Awry

      1. franhunne4u

        That was a good decision. Cat bites can go nasty, a scratch to the eye can get nasty, too and even result in the loss of said eye. Better not let them fight. I know Frankie is neutered, so his territorial behaviour is kind of baffling.

  1. onespoiledcat

    I’d say it was a “win” – you’re bound to run into other cats around there but since Frankie is on a leash you’re in control and can always pull him away from danger or just pick him up. YAY!


  2. loisajay

    Cats remember everything! Frankie is good on a leash? We have talked about taking our cats out on a leash but I am not sure how they would handle it. You started Frankie out young on the leash?

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We adopted frankie at three. We tried letting him out in the back yard with Chris and Puck but he refused to stay close so I has to buy a harness for him. He resisted at first but soon he welcomed it because it meant going outside.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We are not allowed to keep cats outside in our neighborhood what people do anyway. I would fear that the cat would get hit by a car or a nasty neighbor would poison the cat. There are even reports of coyotes in the area.

      1. franhunne4u

        Not a lot do. Average life expectancy of a feral tom is one to two years. For a queen it is three to four. Compare that to the average 16 to 18 “in captivity”.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I would guess the cat is a stray or feral that somebody has somewhat adopted. They probably got him fixed and vaccinated and put a collar on him but left him as an outside cat.

  3. kittiesblue

    We thought this was going to end differently with Frankie escaping. So pleased that did not happen. We can see his displeasure mounting with the size of his tail. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  4. The Hinoeuma

    Ah, the poofy tail! πŸ˜„

    Cat on a leash. Makes me wonder how mine would react. He us such a house cat. Outdoors is a new world to him. He’s curious & fearful, all at the same time.


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