Monday 4 December 2023

CATS HAVE PROBLEMS TOO! with Dr Basil ~ Featuring Today's Despurrate Dilemma **HELP! I HATE BEING ON A LEASH!**

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Happy Monday, furry floofers

Welcome to another episode of Cats Have Purroblems Too, where I give epically epic advice to cats with despurrate dilemmas too great for them to solve alone. 

 Take a seat, and read today's despurrate dilemma and my solution.

Also, mew may be pondering on what my professional credentials are, so purrlease purruse the list below:

Ph.D. in Kitty Psychology & Psychiatry
BSc (Hons) Headology  
Psy.D. Furry Logic
 MS. Fuzzy Logic
MA. Common Sense

My other Professional Credits include:

NOM Master
Snoozy Savant
Purr Master
AdvoCat of T.L. Treatment
Touchy Feely Therapy or T.F.T
Purrfume Aroma Treatment or P.A.T.

I can help mew to solve all your Pet Peeves, Purrsonal Problems and Despurrate Dilemmas, no matter how great or small they may be.

Plus, I 
only use the very latest techniques, some of which I have developed myself over my long and esteemed career, which include:

 Purr Therapy ~ For Uptight and Particularly Stressed Kitties 

Nom Zen ~The Art of Nomming in Total Tranquility 

ZZZ's Snooze Sensation ~ Including Mewsical CatNap Sessions tailored to your purrsonal requirements

YogiCat Meditation ~ Stretches and Breathing Techniques for the Severely Stressed & Overworked

Intense CatNip Therapy ~ This treatment speaks for itself (I find it very beneficial)

I am also an AdvoCat of Tough Love coupled with a healthy dose of common kitty sense

Purrfume Aroma Treatment ~ A Sensory Smelling Session S.S.S. to calm and soothe with highly aromatic blends of specially selected scents

To help mew release all your stresses and worries just drop by my clinic held here or, alternatively email me your purroblem, and I'll answer here. If mew require to remain anonymous or anon, purrlease include that in your email. 

Mew can contact me directly at the following address:

DearDrBasil (at) gmail (dot) com

So come and sit on my supurr comfy couch, reee-lax, breathe deeply and tell me of your troubles, as I'm ready, willing and able to help.

Cats Have Purroblems Too with Dr Basil @BionicBasil® Find A Comfy Spot on The Couch

This is one of my cases via email:  


Dear Dr. Basil, I am writing to seek your guidance as a newly adopted black kitten named Mungo. My new human family wants me to wear a harness and be trained to walk on a leash so that I can explore outside. However, I am not comfortable with the idea as I prefer to be an indoor cat and I get scared of the harness and leash, and even more so the great outdoors. Can you please provide me with detailed advice on how to overcome my negative feelings towards wearing a harness and being leash-trained? Also, how can I get comfortable with exploring the scary outdoors in a safe and controlled manner? Thank mew for your help,


This is my Expert Reply
Today I use the colour red, as this is renowned for being the colour of boldness and fearlessness, and hopefully will be the purrfect choice for this particular purroblem.

Dear Mungo, Congratulations on your new home! It is normal for cats to feel uneasy when they are first introduced to a harness and leash. It can be especially challenging if mew're used to being an indoor cat. However, with patience and proper training, mew can overcome your fears and learn to enjoy exploring outside. Here is a detailed 10-point action plan that will help mew get comfortable with wearing a harness and being leash trained. And I suggest that mew print this off and present it to your human to read before any more training sessions happen. 1. Slowly introduce the harness: Start by letting Mungo sniff and explore the harness. Allow him to get used to the smell and texture of the harness before trying to put it on him. 2. Use treats and praise: Reward Mungo with treats and praise each time he allows the harness to be put on him or takes a few steps on the leash. This will help him associate the harness with positive experiences. 3. Make the leash familiar: Let Mungo get used to the feeling of the leash by dragging it around the house or apartment before attaching it to the harness. 4. Practice indoors: Practice walking on the leash indoors where Mungo feels safe and comfortable. This will help him get used to the sensation of being on a leash. 5. Keep it short and sweet: Start with short walks in very quiet places and gradually increase the duration as Mungo becomes more comfortable. 6. Use pawsitive reinforcement: Reward Mungo with treats and praise each time he follows mew on the leash. This will encourage him to continue walking on the leash. 7. Be patient: Do not get frustrated if Mungo does not take to the leash right away. It can take time for cats to adjust to something new. 8. Make it fun: Bring along Mungo's favourite toys and treats to make the outdoor experience more enjoyable. This will help him associate the outdoors with fun and positive experiences. 9. Choose quiet areas: Start with quiet streets or parks where there are fewer distractions and noises that might scare Mungo. Always take a CTU aka Cat Transportation Unit with mew, so if Mungo starts to feel overwhelmed or scared he can hop in the TPU and feel safe while mew transport him home.

10. Consistency is key: Practice walking on the leash regularly to help Mungo get used to it and build his confidence. In summary, it is impawtant to take things very slowly and be patient when introducing Mungo to the harness and leash. With pawsitive reinforcement, treats, and patience, Mungo will learn to associate the harness and leash with pawsitive experiences. Remember, exploring the outdoors can be a fun and safe experience for cats, and mew can make it enjoyable for Mungo by providing lots of treats and loving encouragement.

Mungo, little dude, I hope this plan can help mew, and that your human understands that each kitty responds differently to this kind of training, and there are some kitties who will never take to it fully. If mew are one of those, make it clear that indoors is the only place for mew. Best of luck,

Yours most sincerely
Dr. Basil
@ The Cats Have Purroblems Too Clinic T.M.

Today's Moral Code is:

~ Never rush when trying new things, slow and steady is the way ~
If mew can relate to this purroblem or feel that mew are in need of any assistance, purrlease leave a comment to: Dear Dr Basil.... or email me directly and I'll get back to mew.

Thank mew all for joining me today at The Cats Have Purroblems Too Clinic, and I'll be back next Monday with another open clinic and a new case study.

Until then, Keep Calm and Purr

Dr. Basil

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  1. That's a wonderful step by step plan.

    I have a friend whose cat would demand two walks a day and insist on going to all the places where she had fans who would hand out treats. She also insisted on watching a science fiction movie every day, preferably something from the Star Wars genre. Cowcat was quite eccentric.

  2. That sounds like great advice. We all know a harness will try and steal your bones when it is first put on.

  3. Excellent suggestions and hopefully the harness fear will go away soon!

  4. Dr. Basil nailed it again. Everything is done on the kitties terms. We're doing that with our new kitty.

    Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches to all the kitties and a big hug to your wonderful mom. ♥

  5. Great advice, Dr. Basil! We hope little Mungo will soon be enjoying walks on the leash.

  6. We lurv to read that a housepanther has a new home, Dr. Basil.

  7. Dr. Basil, I have not experienced a harness and probably will not but it sounds like
    good advice fur any hooman trying to show kitty how to wear one.

  8. Basil always had such great advice. XO

  9. Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Scritches to the kitties and a hug to mom. ♥


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