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I’m Tired Of Sanctimommies Calling Me ‘Crazy’ For My Cat Stroller

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2013-11-25-1First of all, I’d like to say that the amount of abuse I face when out around town with a cat in a stroller has been surprisingly minimal. I get the odd drive-by shouting when people see me pushing a stroller while smoking a cigarette, but I just throw my head back and start cackling, because the joke is on them, there’s a cat in there. Likewise, the horrified looks on people’s faces when I’m not looking where I’m going and ram the stroller into a stationary object, go, “Oops! Sorry baby!” and carry on. Most people who stop and talk to me tell me how beautiful my baby is (yay) and talk to her, and we talk about how brilliant or cool it is that a cat stroller even exists and what a great idea it is, or how they’re gonna get one now. I secretly plan to have a Sunday morning park group of cat stroller ladies some day.

I know what you’re thinking. Crazy cat lady. And you’re right. I’m definitely crazy (more on that in a different article) and I’m a god-tier cat lady. There’s no denying that after you reach the stage in your life where you NEED to spend over 100 dollars on a big pink cat stroller.
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The one pictured above sitting and meowing happily in her pink pram is Freyja. She’s about seven months old now and we rescued her when she was found by the side of the road. Since we adopted her at six weeks, she seems to think I am actually her big and for some reason furless cat mommy. She was also, believe it or not, my first cat, and she is spoiled rotten. She has a stroller, I mean, come on.

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Now, enter Lucipurr. Lucipurr was going to be named Lulubelle, for the record, but my husband hated that name and started coming up with all Star Trek names, then listing deities, and I, forgetting how much my husband absolutely LOVES terrible puns, said, “Well, if you’re going to name her after a deity, it has to be Lucipurr.” And from that moment on, Luci’s name was set in stone.

Before I spend this entire article talking about how awesome my cats are, let me get back on track. Sometimes, the girls protest going into the stroller, but don’t let them fool you. Like I tell my husband, if you think getting a child into a stroller is going to be any easier, you’re dead wrong. I should mention that Freyja LOVES the stroller. She actually asks to go walkies. She loves going to the park, and she definitely knows when we’re getting close. She has a big kitty crush on the cat guy who works at the nearby shop and loves talking to him and just going over to visit him when I’m grabbing more milk, or cigarettes, or whatever. Mama’s good girl.

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214 Comments

  1. Véronique Houde

    December 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    dafuq did i just read

    • Andrea

      December 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Oh thank you, I thought it was just me!!!

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      You just read about my cats. Would you like to hear more about my cats? I can tell you more about my cats.

    • Eve Vawter

      December 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      You are so freaking adorable.

    • Snarktopus

      December 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      We should all just talk about our cats now.

      I’ve got two. Rei-kitty and Galactus, The Devourer of Worlds. Galactus is, predictably, quite large. The baby has attempted to ride him like a pony, but he runs out from between her legs too fast for her to actually sit on him. Which is good. He still meows like a kiten, though, which is hilarious when we have guests. They always ask where the kitten is, and my hubband and I just point at Galactus. Rei-kitty is a cuddler and a scaredy-cat. She tends to run away from everyone but me and the hubband. She’s warming up to the baby now that she feeds them.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      I SECOND THIS MOTION, EVERYONE TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CATS.

    • candyvines

      December 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      I have two cats – Hendrix and Yoda. I wanted to call Hendrix Elvis Pressy, but my husband didn’t like it. I also liked Mr. Meowgi. Maybe for our next buddy. Yoda came with his name and we liked it enough not to change it.

    • Maria Guido

      December 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      I am the worst cat mother ever since I became a mom. Lulu only likes me and this has become a very big problem. I thought she would like my kids for some reason because they are an extension of me (I know – I was reaching) but no luck. She constantly hisses at them. She seems to be coming around – but my son is 3 and she still does it. She is not as spoiled as she used to be because I am constantly pissed at her. Ugh.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Awww poor Lulu 🙁 And poor you! That’s definitely an additional fear of mine, how are the cats going to take babies some day soonish? (I have joked to my husband that if the cats don’t like the kids we can always re-home the children). So far they’ve been amazing with my best friend’s 2 year old so I have hope.

      Have you tried the cat pheromone diffuser thingies? They usually recommend them for helping two or more cats get along, but maybe it would chill her out some with the kids as well!

    • EX

      December 3, 2013 at 5:57 am

      I know every cat is different so you can’t predict how they’ll react to a baby but I can tell you I really lost sleep over this when I was pregnant with my daughter and my cats (I have 2) adjusted fine. They definitely kept their distance from the baby. Which was good because, despite knowing that those old wives tales about cats killing babies are none sense I still worried (I worried about everything). My daughter is two now and she and my younger cat are best buddies. The older cat’s always been a bit anti-social and that hasn’t changed, but he will let my daughter pet him. Which is huge. I also just want to say that I loved your article and the way you write. I would love to hear more!

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 5:58 am

      Thank you! More coming fairly soon! 🙂 Both my girls are tolerant of my best friend’s toddler actually lifting them for a big toddler squeeze hug…they are angels.

    • LadyClodia

      December 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      My son was about 4 when any of the cats started to tolerate him, and they still avoid the toddler whenever possible. 3 of them definitely prefer or only like me, and I almost always have one cat on my lap if I’m sitting.

    • Jamie

      December 4, 2013 at 12:44 am

      She doesn’t understand why you no longer love her the way you did but try to relax.. there are people who can help you with her and books. You don’t sound like one of those moms who ups and abandon their kitty but just in case: please don’t just abandon your cat. Your kids are probably loud and scary to her and they took away all the love she remembered and she is just a cat – she doesn’t understand what the hell happened or why you are so angry at everything. Maybe you need to get her a safe, quiet place of her own where your kid can’t get to her.

    • JLH1986

      December 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      My cats name is Mister Shithead. I call him Mister for short. We also have three dogs, but he runs the house. Our dogs are terrified of him. He ignores us all day long, but night time? Oh hells yea mama/daddy snuggles. He’s a mean little shit though and nearly cost my husband his arm (cat bite, no bueno). BUT he’s the only other man in our house so he’s my little bub. I would cut a person for that little jerk. He’s a jerk but..he’s MY jerk. And he would LOVE a cat stroller. Hello CyberMonday. Mister is getting his gift early.

    • allisonjayne

      December 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      My cats are Kahlo and Zapata, named for awesome famous ladies (Frida Kahlo and Mia Zapata). I love them dearly but I’ll be the first to admit they are annoying. Kahlo will not sit still to be pet, she instead paws around on your lap trying to ensure that her butt is in close proximity to your face. Zapata won’t let anyone near her other than my wife. They’re lucky they are cute.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      December 3, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I never got the cat ass to human face ratio…
      =P

      I call every stray I find Puddy Tat, until my little one kept calling a regular one, Poody.
      Poody is now our universal name for any stray cats.

    • Mystik Spiral

      December 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      I have two, a black butterball named Holland and a tuxie skinny-boy named Daymon. They were both named at the shelter, and since I liked the names and I am painfully uncreative at naming, I kept them.

      My cats ARE my babies. I haven’t done the stroller thing, though, because neither of mine have any interest in going outside, and I really want to keep it that way… They do have about 15 fleece blankets between them, though, because they love fleece, and every time I see one that I think they would like I buy it. I can’t help it!!

      Holland is a total mommy’s girl. She will not let another human on the face of the earth touch her except for me. She sleeps on my chest and I often wake up with a kitty butt in my face. She ignores the thousand toys she has and enjoys knocking things off of tables and watching them fall. She’s the most beautiful girl in the whole world.

      Daymon’s the opposite, every human on the face of the earth is his best friend, whether they want to be or not… lol. He sleeps on a fleece blanket at the foot of my bed. He is very playful, very cuddly when he wants attention, somewhat talkative, and he lets his sister bully him way too much. He’s a handsome little man.

      Cats are awesome. <3

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      December 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

      My partner has an uncanny habit of finding the most ridonkulous names for pets and somehow twisting them to fit…our ginger tabby was called Blaze by me.
      He renamed the hairball Eugene Montgomery Foodliwoo….. We settled on Foo….

    • LiteBrite

      December 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      My cats are Lolly and Jezebel. Lolly was named after the Schoolhouse Rock song “Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here”, and I thought Jezebel was a cool name. Lol is a big, 16lb Maine Coon. She’s my favorite, to be honest, because she’s very affectionate (but only her terms, of course) and gentle. She’s also kind of an asshole. Every day she paws open my husband’s closet so she can sit in there. He HATES that, and she knows it. For being such a big cat she also can be amazingly quiet. One of her things is to quietly pad into the kitchen while I’m frantically trying to cook dinner. She’ll just sit there, then I’ll turn around and nearly trip into the sink while she just stares at me like “What? What’s the deal bro?”

      Jez is a smaller, yet still chunky, domestic kitty. She’s kind of a whiner and has also stopped peeing in her litterbox, which I’m working on, but I still love her. Last week she jumped up on the top of the couch, then put her head on my shoulder while I watched TV. Who says cats don’t enjoy affection?

      Btw, there is nothing like falling asleep in the middle of the afternoon with two purring cats by your side.

    • Holly

      December 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      I have one cat named Charles- pronounced Chahhhhles because he is regal. Our other cat (RIP) was named Leela after a character in Futurama because she had one eye. 🙂

    • Sarah Hollowell

      December 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      I have only one cat right now, a part-Siamese named Carlos, but he is basically my entire world like seriously. I struggle with depression and anxiety, and ever since I adopted him, he’s one of the big things that’s stopped me when I feel suicidal or like harming myself. He’s my baby.

    • meteor_echo

      December 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      *hug*
      My squinty cat is pretty much the same for me. I feel much, much healthier since I picked him up – he’s a gentle, compassionate little critter who sometimes crawls over as I sleep and starts licking my face or hair. Makes me smile every time.

    • Hana Graham

      December 4, 2013 at 4:18 am

      Mine do the same for me! <3

    • kittymom

      December 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      I have 4 cats. A brain-injured, semi-blind, semi-deaf cat named Weebles, a black and white tuxedo cat named Poe (After Edgar Allen, despite being a girl cat), and the kittens, Holly and Dante.
      My husband makes fun of me for talking about how the cats have personalities and likes and dislikes, but now I see I’m not alone!

      Ps. Kitties are getting a stroller for Christmas 🙂

    • jendra_berri

      December 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Don’t mind if I do!
      I have two, Sprinkles and Bea. However, the two before them were my geriatric and former childhood pets. Smokey was a real friend. Loyal and petulant and needy. Jerry came when his name was called and enjoyed sleeping under blankets and breathing in his own air. Smokey liked licking the bacon grease and getting his insulin injection. Jerry knocked over and broke two butter dish covers in successful bids at getting to the butter. I miss those guys.

    • Kasey

      December 3, 2013 at 2:10 am

      I have two cats. The first one is Domino. My boyfriend named him, but I call him DomDom for short. He’s a brat, but he’s my baby so he gets away with it. He has huge eyes like a cartoon and LOVES food. Will do anything for food and will probably be a fat cat but I’m okay with it. He also has no fear of people and will totally ham it up when we have guests over so he can get all the attention.

      The second cat is Sonny. He came with that name. My boyfriend picked him out from a shelter. He was abandoned really young and was the only one from his litter that survived. He’s super attached to us and constantly wants attention. He, however, is terrified of strangers. But he is really smart and knows how to open cabinets, drawers, and most doors so he can climb in and hide.

    • lolameowsmom

      December 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

      My kitty is Lola Meow. She’s a ten year old tortoise shell that I’ve had since she was a tiny kitten. She is fat and lazy and still cuddles with me the exact same way she did when she was a kitten. Our relationship changed when my daughter was born, but I still love her dearly.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      December 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

      SO MANEH KITTEHS!!!
      We had Mushroom, Spud, Sardine, Cabbage (changed to Irish Cabáiste) Slinky (she liked tossing herself down the stairs), Daddy, Cap’n (3 legged, captain Ahab), Grandaddy, Bootsie, Pixie, Kisses (born with a cleft lip, my mother handfed her. as a result the kitten would even go in the car with my mother. she slept on her neck)
      Baby and I always had a special place in my heart for Monster. She was called that because my mother found Slinky in labor one evening when she was out for a walk.
      She took the cat home and she had ONE GIGANTIC kitten- Monster!
      =)

    • Carrie G

      December 4, 2013 at 12:41 am

      My kitty is a sweet little black baby we found at a shelter. She was saved from a nutter who was starving her to death with her siblings and she is still really tiny because of all that. But she’s super loving and always needs people nearby and cannot sleep alone. She does have epilepsy, which let me tell you is horrifying to see a kitty have a seizure, but we are doing the best we can to manage it. She is completely my baby and I totally need to get her a stroller ^_^

      It’s sad that there are people who don’t understand the love one can have for an animal when they really try to care for them (instead of throwing them outside and feeding them when they feel like it).

    • Garrett

      December 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

      We found a little stay and named her Scrambles The Death Dealer because her colors are all scrambled and she’s a cat 😛 Sweetest, weirdest little cat that jumps like a spring loaded toy. Cats are always best.

    • Hana Graham

      December 4, 2013 at 3:17 am

      DETHKLOK REFERENCE <3

    • staferny

      December 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Mine is Knoxville Amadeus, he still lives with my parent’s but I’ve since left home. He enjoys sitting on the counter and pawing food onto the floor for their dogs, as well as pushing alarm clocks off of the dresser beside the bed and onto ones face. He does not seem to enjoy all of the costumes I painstakingly made for him over the years, such as bat-cat, Santa Claws and Angry Elf.

    • LadyClodia

      December 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Galactus is an awesome name for a cat! And it’s so funny that our big boy Kenpachi (Ken-chan or Kenny for short) also has a super tiny kitten meow. His purr is bigger than he is, though. Ken-chan is about 21 lbs of solid muscle, and I wish he was only a lover and not a fighter, but he fights with the girls sometimes.

    • Elisa Probert

      December 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      My cat’s name is Sasha. He is a male cat, but was such a late bloomer everyone thought he was a girl. It wasn’t until I took “her” in to be spayeed that they found tiny cat-balls and we had to start using different pronouns for my apparently confused cat. Now he thinks he’s a ferret. So still confused. Lol

    • Bellatrix

      December 3, 2013 at 1:31 am

      My cat is named Bellatrix, she is our fist child aka minion #1, we have since had a baby boy and got a puppy (minions 2 & 3). Bellatrix is not amused by the new additions. I really wish I could purchase a kid/cat stroller so that I could take all three minions for a walk at once.

    • Allison Lounes

      December 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      That happened to me! I call Artemis (a boy) my transgendered kitty.

    • keelhaulrose

      December 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      My mother in law saved a kitten from starving once, and named him Little Bear. He is now the size of a little bear, thus living up to his name. She claims he was the runt of the litter, I maintain it must have been a litter of panthers for him to be the small one.

    • brebay

      December 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

      My boy is Duma, (it’s Swahili for “cheetah.”) He’s a cuddly, vicious beast. He likes to sleep under the covers with his head on a pillow and his paw on someone’s face. He snuggles all night. In the daytime, he may dive bomb us randomly as we sit, bite our ankles, or stalk and gnaw on our hand like it’s a captured mouse. I kiss him on the lips. Sometimes he kisses me back, sometimes he bites my nose. Cats rock.

    • Ana

      December 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      So many great cat names! My family’s fat tabby cat passed away last year, and my sister and I had named him Lawrence Squishington Von Pookenburg, Esquire (aka Pookie). My 2 cats now have kind of boring names…Torrence and Oliver. Oliver was named Olive by the lady who gave him to me at 3 months, but we discovered he was a boy and made it a little more masculine.

    • Nikki

      December 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Galactus sounds like Gizmo, a cat we had when I was a kid. He would let me hold his tail like a leash and walk him around the house. He also caught a bee and stole cheese from my mom’s sandwiches.

    • Needs Improvement

      December 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      I have Archie and Buffy. I originally adopted Buffy from a foster home group set up in a nearby city, and my mom saw her brother, Archie, and fell in love. Fast forward to a year and a half later, Mom gets remarried and ends up with four cats and one house, and Archie turns out to be a bully. I babysat him a few times, and ended up just taking him in. He is big boned (18 lbs, the vet used the phrase “big boned”, not me!) and a crazy cuddler, and Buffy is 16 lbs and always insists on sleeping on top of me. Main weird thing about them is that Archie apparently has cat herpes, as he always has some gunk in his eye, but Buffy doesn’t have the same problem, and neither cat has really ever been outside for more than a minute.

    • libraryofbird

      December 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      I’m currently a dog mommy but I do love cats. One of my sisters cats was named Abby until one day they looked between the legs and realize Abby was a boy. I renamed him butterscotch and we called him butter or butternuts until my nephew told his kindergarten teacher about calling the cat butternuts. Oops.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      December 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

      BAHAHAHAHA!!!
      My mother had a beautiful snowy and orange cat called Bruce. Until she found out Bruce was a girl.
      Bruce became Willis.

      My mother fancies Bruce Willis’ bum. =)

    • G.E. Phillips

      December 2, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      My cat’s name is Zoe. She’s about 7 and she was a rescue, which I’m very proud of. She was living with a bunch of feral cats in the parking lot of my job, but I could tell she wasn’t feral, just abandoned/lost. I stalked her for three weeks and finally caught her. Anyway, she was so happy to be rescued, but she promptly got out and got knocked up. She gave birth to a litter of 7 perfect healthy kittens; I kept all of them until they were 12 weeks old and managed to find them all homes with friends or friends of friends. Zoe is the loveiest lover that ever loved. All she wants to do is play and cuddle. I wish she didn’t wake me up every morning at like 5:30, but otherwise, she’s the best.

    • jendra_berri

      December 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      I would like to hear more about your cats.

    • Terri

      December 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

      We have a cat called Rigby. Named in honour of Rigby of the regular show. He is a total ratbag. Thinks he owns the house and can eat whatever he wants, whenever he wants!
      We have also had an Elvis, 2 Louie’s (mr 7 loved the name so named 2 cats the same name) , a Kitty, a Rosie and a Sunnie. I’m a total cat lover and would gladly swap hubby for a few cats. I used to work in a pet shop and cat strollers were one of the few items that we were regularly asked to order in. I’d love to take Rigby for a walk in a stroller, but I’d highly doubt he would allow that!

  2. Tinyfaeri

    December 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I bow to your magical cat powers. If I tried to get my cat to stay in a stroller, I’d end up with ribbons for arm skin and probably missing an eye.

  3. Shelly Lloyd

    December 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I have kids and I will admit that for a while I seriously entertained the ideal of getting one of those kitty strollers that attach to the back of the bike so that I could take my kitties for a bike ride every now and then. But then I realized my cat would eat me in my sleep if I tried that.
    But hey if your kitties enjoy an outing in their stroller, more power to you! The people who get all worked up over a cat stroller are the real crazies.

  4. geckomommy

    December 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Well…my dogs like to go for walks…so I get it. Can’t say I’ve ever thought about a stroller for a cat, but they sure as hell won’t walk on a leash, and most people don’t like to just let their babies prowl. You are a “crazy cat lady”, OP, but you seem to wear it proudly!

    • Shelly Lloyd

      December 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Actually you can leash train a cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8ygBgYosJs
      When I was much younger I use to train my cats to do this. It is possible.

    • geckomommy

      December 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      I stand corrected. Let me rephrase, then: I’ve never known a cat who happily walked on a leash.

    • Allen

      December 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      I used to have a cat who loved being taken out on a leash. She would lead me around and try to take me on a walk. She also loved riding in the car. We used to call her a “Girl Scout” because she was such a good explorer.

      I’ve only had one cat who doesn’t tolerate a leash whatsoever. We tried it once, and she tore a hole in my shirt. The others have all tolerated it, but just weren’t enthusiastic about it.

    • Nikki

      December 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      In addition to the cat who let me walk him around the house like a dog with his tail as a leash, my parents used to have a cat who loved walking on a leash and drinking chocolate milk. Yes, chocolate milk. And no, he never got poisoned from it. I guess some (very rare) cats are kind of immune to chocolate toxicity.

    • moonie27

      December 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      It’s an allergy and only about 50% of dogs (don’t know about cats) have it. But it’s generally a very severe allergy so that’s why they don’t want you to risk it.

  5. JadePanda

    December 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Love this. From one crazy cat lady to another, mad respect.

    • Eve Vawter

      December 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      I love her too. Plus, I think talking about mental illness and all of that is so brave. Plus, I loved how the bank manager got all concerned.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      ^______^ *well-chuffed*

    • Blueathena623

      December 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      YES! Thank you for more mental illness articles! This crazy appreciates it.

    • Frances Locke

      December 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Cat ladies for life!

    • JadePanda

      December 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Seriously, we need member jackets or something.

  6. Holly

    December 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    If you want to take your cats out in a stroller, and more importantly, they like it, go for it. I don’t think you should be surprised when you get strange comments though. Its human nature to have a reaction to something that is out of the ordinary. People putting dogs in sweaters used to be just as strange, but now almost no one looks twice. Just think of yourself as a trendsetter.

  7. Alexandra

    December 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    The fact that they make cat strollers proves you’re not crazy. F*ck the haters 🙂

  8. jane murphy

    December 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Just like I said the other day to another post, more power to you if you want to take your cats out in a stroller. But you might want to adjust yourself to the fact that the rest of the world (not just baby-having people, but lots of other childless folks as well) think that it’s a little weird.

    That mother on the street was rude as hell and totally deserved your witty retort (no sarcasm, I really loved it) but being a mother doesn’t prevent someone from being an obnoxious ass any more than it necessarily makes them an obnoxious ass.

    Really, this whole thing has less to do with the mommy/non-mommy divide than the “does a cat belong in a stroller?”/”why the hell would you put a pet in a stroller?” divide. Perhaps there’s a website called Pettingish or something to which this article should be submitted.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Oh, I know, trust me! It’s definitely a little weird! But so far, until that day, everyone had been really polite!

      To be fair I’ve already written a few articles that would definitely be a better fit on Catster or something. I really love Mommyish, and thought I’d give it a shot! After all, childfree women submit regularly!

      I figured I’d submit here because I definitely mother the hell out of my cats, and I’m hoping to submit future articles about how they help me preparing for motherhood and such (as an obvious example, I’m learning how to navigate a stroller, which is no easy task)! I’m also hoping to write some articles about what it’s like planning a baby while dealing with lifelong mental illness. Figured a wee article about taking the catchildren about in their pram would be a good introduction 🙂

    • ChillMama

      December 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Well, to be fair mothers get grief all the time about how big/annoying their strollers are, and how their kids should just to be walking blah blah (mine is a late walker and too heavy to carry). So to me it makes perfect sense that you would bring your stroller-grief to a place like Mommyish, where there are likely fellow-sufferers 🙂

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      That’s a point I think I thought of at one point and then totally forgot about, d’oh! Cheers 🙂

      I do have to say that it is much smaller and easier to maneuver than a pram for kids! But it has also improved my skillz. I used to be the terror of the shops when piloting my friend’s child around, I’m much more of a smooth operator now!

    • TheGiantPeach

      December 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      I really don’t understand the stroller hatred. I can’t say that I ever noticed them pre-kid, and now that I have a kid I think they are a necessity for some things. Example – there is no way I could take my 22 month old to the mall for a day of shopping without a stroller. He wouldn’t walk without trying to run off, then falling over in the floor and screaming when I wouldn’t allow it. And there’s no way in hell I’m carrying his 30 pound ass around all day. So, stroller.

    • den

      December 4, 2013 at 12:57 am

      Yes! There are even sites dedicated to it. If I had someone willing to push me around in a stroller and they made them big enough for 26-year-olds, I’d freaking do it XD

  9. Megan Zander

    December 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    My mom has an attachment for her bike that the dog sits in, like a covered buggy,I think it’s technically for little kids but I same idea as the stroller so see no issues with this and I think it’s awesome.

    And besides, has anyone else seen that documentary on BBC about the women who get those live looking baby dolls that they dress up and take around in prams? Some of those dolls even have inserts that replicate breathing. I know some do it because they lost a child and this is how they cope, others do it because they have grandchildren far away and miss them and some just like to play with the dolls.

    To me, this is the truest form of a MYOB situation. You’re not hurting anyone, the cats like it, so do you. Why should anyone care!

    • Ana

      December 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Those little bike trailers are super popular where I live, and every time I see a dog or cat in one it makes me smile. I’ve also seen people using the “baby bjorn” chest strap-y thing with little dogs in them instead. So cute.

  10. libraryofbird

    December 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I wonder if my dog would like a stroller. She hates her leash and basically looses her ever-loving mind when ever I try to put it on her. So we don’t walk much.

    I’m a pun lover myself and I think the name lucipurr is the cats meow.

    • LadyClodia

      December 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      My friend has a stroller for her beagle. She’s used it for times when her dog was in ill health and couldn’t walk much.

    • Elizabeth

      December 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      My aunt has a stroller for her (spoiled rotten in a good way) Jack Russell, and he really enjoys it! He doesn’t mind leashes, but he grew up in Florida and now has to deal with New England winters. She’ll put him in the stroller with a fleece blanket, and he is the happiest little camper.

    • mattiereadsabook

      December 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      here’s a pun for ya. My friend’s cat’s name is Chairman Meow

  11. LadyClodia

    December 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Your kitties are super cute!
    Wow, I’ve never seen a cat stroller like that! The ones that I’ve seen before look more like a box on wheels, which remind me of like weird performance art: “I call this Cat-in-a-mesh-box-on wheels.” If I had seen one like that I might have considered getting one, although, I never would have had anywhere to take it really. I can see being surprised that it’s a cat stroller because of the way it looks, but that’s cool.
    If you live somewhere that you have to walk other places or that it’s easy to walk other places, then I can totally see getting a cat stroller. It would definitely beat have to lug a cat carrier to the vet, and even better if at least one of your cats enjoys going for walks.
    We were cat parents for a long time before we had kids. We’ve had our old girl, Cleo, for 11 years now and she’s 15. Her brother passed 3 years ago. My big boy, Ken-chan, is 6 (he’s my user pic), and we have two females, Kiki and PoesMuis, who are in the 2-3 age range. The last two we acquired after our boys were born, and I think we’re at our limit now, but I wouldn’t be comfortable not having a few cats in the house.
    Don’t let the sanctimommies get to you. Some people just aren’t happy unless they have someone to judge or put down.

  12. staferny

    December 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I saw someone riding their bike pulling a teeny tiny hot pink chariot cart with a yorkie along for the ride. I almost lost my mind it was so cute, sadly my pup is 40 lbs and would lay on my head until I stopped breathing if I ever deprived him of running around like a lunatic while outside.
    I would totally get a cat and join a stroller club if only my bf wasn’t allergic.

  13. meteor_echo

    December 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    High five from another certifiably crazy cat lady to you 🙂
    You have the patience of a saint, because if I heard that remark on the street, I think I’d whip out all the nastier childfree terms, “entitlemoo” included. Props to you for coming up with a witty and clever retort!
    Speaking of cat names – my boyfriend recently adopted a kitty from a no-kill shelter and, when he was thinking of a name for her, he decided to consult me. As a joke, I suggested “Kraken Gorgonsnout”. He loved it. We mostly call her Spazzy Flopabout though.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      If my husband had his way, Freyja would be named Chancellor Gorkon. I’m not allowing him to name the future human children. (We do occasionally call Freyja “Starvo McBiteyface”)

    • meteor_echo

      December 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      I should call one of my cats Starvo McBiteyface. The critter wakes me up by munching on my chin because he’s permanently hungry. He’s been nearly starved to death before I picked him up (got hit by a car, weighed about 3 lbs at a year old), so he ALWAYS eats, the squinty-eyed freak.

      http://i.imgur.com/nlsYpVr.gif

    • Awesomeboobs

      December 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Consider yourself lucky; I have a 15lb PixieBob (Odin) who’s still growing and who likes to wake me by climbing to the top of the head board and pouncing onto my chest. There’s nothing like having the wind knocked out of you as a wake-up call. And the weird thing is that he won’t do it to my ‘manfriend.’ After he jumps though, he immediately starts purring and rubbing on my face as I’m gasping and trying to get my wits about me, so I can’t stay mad at him. Unfortunately, he’s teaching our new kitten (Nova) to do it too, and she’s a Savannah so we’re expecting her to be even bigger than Ode.

    • meteor_echo

      December 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      1) Holy shit, you have a Savannah cat? Photos are requested stat. I love those kitties, but I heard that need A LOT of space and can be fairly difficult when it comes to cohabitating with other animals. True/false?
      2) I see that the word “man-friend” is slowly spreading over Mommyish. Now I feel like a mad scientist who managed to start an epidemic and now rubs his hands in glee, as he asks Igor to bring in more of the virus samples.
      My other cat used to crawl onto my face and sleep there. Seeing as how she’s probably around 12 lbs or more, I just banned her from sleeping in my room. Worked out well for everyone, since she’s my mother’s favorite and now sleeps on her sofa.

    • Awesomeboobs

      December 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      1. We got her when she was still a tiny little thing, about 9 weeks old (she’s only about six months now, so she’s still technically a baby), and she came from a huge litter so we didn’t have any issues with her not getting along with our other cat. In fact, Ode had been so spoiled as the only cat he had more of an issue with her, but luckily he got over it in a matter of days. She doesn’t so much require space as she requires attention; she will even bring you her cat wand to swing around when she wants to play with it. However, she’s already figured out how to open (but not close) cabinets and drawers, so we did have to baby-proof our kitchen because it was like living with a flipping poltergeist. I guess now that I’m thinking about it, she is a little trouble; she’s a climber, she believes the toilet is for swimming, and we have to put cat treats in the fridge or else she’ll get to them and tear open and consume the whole bag. But she’s also super affectionate (the picture is her on my lap) and insists on sleeping under the covers between me and manfriend, and no matter where I go, she follows me like a tiny furry shadow.

      2. It’s funny because I’ve been using ‘manfriend’ for years. I was raised by a single dad who got weird when I would talk about boyfriends or his girlfriend, so I started calling his (now fiance) his ‘ladyfriend’ and any of mine were ‘manfriends.’ I thought me and my friends were the only ones using it until you plopped it down last week!

    • Awesomeboobs

      December 3, 2013 at 2:50 am

      This is her at about 9 weeks, the day we brought her home.

    • meteor_echo

      December 3, 2013 at 3:31 am

      Omfg, what an adorable fuzzle muzzle :>

    • Eve Vawter

      December 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      I’m going to legally change my name to Starvo McBiteyface

    • EmmaFromÉire

      December 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Snorting at Spazzy Flopabout. Gives Pussolini a run for her money!

    • meteor_echo

      December 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      I love all the creative cat names in this thread. They’re awesome.

  14. EmmaFromÉire

    December 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    So this isn’t the first time this question has come to me reading posts on mommyish, and because obviously you’re mainly all American, I need to ask- are outdoor cats just not a thing in the US?

    I live in Ireland, and it’s actually considered the height of cruel to lock your cats in the house all day. It’s incredibly uncommon to have cats that stay only in the house here, my cat, and all other cats i’ve encountered, like to be outside. It’s such a weird concept for me that people actually take cats around in strollers because you keep them indoors all day!

    • Eve Vawter

      December 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      If your cat gets out in mY ‘hood, your elderly neighbors get pissy about it eating the birds. Plus, I think the general vibe is that cats should be kept indoors, to keep them safe etc

    • AP

      December 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Concord, MA had a lady who’s made repeated attempts to pass a “leash law” for cats because she doesn’t like how the outdoor ones poop in her garden and eat birds at her bird feeder.

      Of course all she’s done is make Concord, MA a laughingstock, as most of those “outdoor kitties” are strays. It’s not like God’s going to come down from the heavens to leash and walk all the strays, just so they stay out of her yard.

    • meteor_echo

      December 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      There are critters like raccoons, coyotes etc out there. Nobody wants their cat to get bitten by a rabid ‘coon.

      I live in Ukraine; one of my cats does go outside, but I’m calm about that because she could take on a big dog and win. The second cat is skittish, cowardly and has a lot of trust issues, so I keep him inside.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Hello! I am American but I actually live in Northern Ireland now! So these cats are going for strolls all over Belfast 😉

      It’s definitely not really a thing in U.S. unless you live rurally. My two are both rescues, and were both found outside, and they don’t seem to ever want out (unless they’re in the pram of course)! Wee Luci was actually found in a hedge with a broken leg, someone may have thrown her from a car 🙁 On top of that, I have a fairly suffocating anxiety/panic disorder and I’d probably be way too terrified to let these two out. I’ve promised not to do the same to future children, or the cats we will one day have (hopefully) on a farm (oh, dreams!).

    • meteor_echo

      December 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      I also start getting anxiety attacks when the squinty cat manages to get outside (he sometimes sneaks out when my mother comes home, before she closes the door). Last time this happened, I ended up drinking myself into a semi-comatose state – so yeah, better not.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      My girls run as far from the door as possible when it opens, so I can breathe a little easier about guests coming in and out! It doesn’t help that I follow all the area “lost and found” pet pages and every day they are posting about dead cats and mauled cats and auuugh!

    • meteor_echo

      December 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      I’m so not browsing those lists. They’d turn me into a bigger nervous wreck than I already am.

    • LadyClodia

      December 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I used to volunteer at a no-kill cat shelter and was eventually an adoption counselor, and one of our requirements for adoption was that you agree to keep your cats indoor-only. It was also a requirement for the shelter that we had adopted our oldest cats from.
      It’s safer for them to be indoor-only; whether from getting hit by a car, diseases from other animals, or danger from predators. Their life-expectancies are much longer only living inside. Most cats don’t really care, either, especially if they’ve never been outside. I know two of mine would freak out if I tried to take them outside.

    • Mystik Spiral

      December 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      That is the requirement for the shelter where I adopted my two as well – you sign a contract saying you’ll keep them indoors. There are too many kitty dangers out in the world, and unless you have a cat enclosure (which are way cool, but way expensive), you can’t keep your cats in your yard.

      If I were someone who didn’t like cats, I also would be offended at a neighbor’s pet pooping in my yard, tearing up my flowerbeds, walking on cars, etc. IMO, it’s common courtesy to keep your own pets on your own property. It’s a lot more difficult to do with cats than with dogs.

    • LadyClodia

      December 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Yeah, and a cat going outside and pooping in a garden can spread toxoplasmosis, which can be dangerous, for pregnant women especially.

    • thisshortenough

      December 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      It really seems that way. And I just think it’s ridiculous. Yes I get that in the city it’s probably not a good idea. But if you live in a very suburban area then why not let your cat outside? Yes there are dangers but cats are smart and know to avoid them. My cat goes outside for the night and doesn’t get in until 7 in the morning. Mostly he just sleeps up on the vent on our roof because it’s warm but he still goes off exploring. And yes there are times I fear that he won’t come home but I find it’s much kinder to let him go out and do his thing, knowing full well he wants to go out there than to keep him cooped up all day.

    • Ana

      December 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      My husband and I fell in love with a kitten at a shelter, but they turned us down because I said on the form that our other cat occasionally goes out. They told me it was “cruelty” to ever let a cat outside. I would prefer they stayed inside, but I think it’s more cruel to keep a cat in that desperately wants out.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      December 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      See I think that’s batshit crazy, cats are animals, they’re not supposed to be cooped up inside all day!

    • Mystik Spiral

      December 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      My cats have never shown the slightest interest in trying to get outside. Daymon got out the front door once, stopped a few feet later, looked around, and ran back into the house.

    • Tea

      December 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

      There is a lot more road traffic in the US, we also have large predators like coyotes, wolves, feral dogs, eagles, fishers, and bears. Cats are common road kill around here, and our ex-roommates had more than one cat just vanish, probably due to coyotes or fishers.

    • canaduck

      December 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      For the record–and I’m saying this as someone who loves cats–literally billions of birds are killed annually by domestic house cats just in North America alone. It’s actually very likely the number one human-linked cause of death for birds, and many species are in serious decline as a result. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/killer-cats-take-down-billions-of-birds-report-says-1.1312489)

      Until recently I just sort of figured, yep, cats kill birds sometimes, it happens, they leave it on your doormat as a gift, etc. When I learned more I was just shocked at the magnitude of it. So while I sympathize with the idea that cats should be outdoors, it’s also important to recognize that they are not a natural part of the environment, and, despite the fact that they aren’t actually doing anything wrong–I mean, they’re cats, hunting is what they do–they definitely qualify as yet another form of significant environmental destruction on the part of humanity.

    • blh

      December 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      How can that be a new thing? Cats have been around forever?

    • canaduck

      December 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Not domestic cats, and certainly not in such numbers.

    • MellyG

      December 4, 2013 at 12:39 am

      I’ve read many similar things to what canaduck has said – a lot of animal activists will tell you to PLEASE keep cats indoors. Also, it’s not common to let dogs out without leashes and let them roam the neighborhood without restriction, so it has always seemed odd to me that cats are allowed to do that. The cat i had growing up was allowed out in our backyard, and she had a leash, like a dog – but why would we let her roam freely if you don’t let a dog do that? My current cats are terrified of the outside – they spent most of their life living in a house on a busy street, and now we live with grandma – she has an indoor/outdoor porch deal, and they will roam on that sometimes but they generally prefer the couch. or the bed. or the other bed. They’re happy to have taken over ALL of the indoors 🙂

    • LadyClodia

      December 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      That seems kind of drastic to me. Sure, there are some cats who just will not tolerate being inside-only, and we would occasionally make exceptions to our rule. If you had agreed to keep the new cat inside even if your other cat went out, and kept them up on all of their vaccinations (indoor-only cat households don’t need every vaccination because they won’t come into contact with them,) I don’t think it should have been a problem.

    • Ana

      December 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      I did promise those things, I begged them and told them the other cat goes out only for a few minutes now and then, and they still acted like I was some kind of monster. I hate to say it, but it turned me off to shelters. We did get a kitten after that, but from Craigslist.

    • LadyClodia

      December 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      That’s too bad. I have to admit that I do know other rescuers/volunteers that have attitudes like that, but I would have approved the adoption. Sorry about your experience.

    • Ana

      December 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks. It’s good to know not all rescue places are like that. My first cat is the most spoiled I’ve ever met, so for them to call me cruel was painful. We’re talking about getting a dog when the toddler/baby is a little more mature, so I’ll have to give shelters another try. 🙂 I like your pic, btw.

    • blh

      December 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      I think shelters need not be so picky since they have to put down a lot of animals that don’t get adopted. O agree its very cruel to keep a cat inside when it doesn’t want to be. I had a cat who couldn’t stand to be inside. He got in fights all the time and came home looking like shit and it would worry me so Much but you couldn’t keep that cat in. I think a cat stroller is ridiculous. I very much doubt any cat would like that.

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 3:17 am

      Freyja loves it, so I know one cat who disagrees with you! I have a video of her asking to go out in her stroller!

    • Koopa Trooper

      December 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      That is completely drastic.

      My cat (who died last year at the ripe age of 17) was ALWAYS an outdoor/indoor cat. If you did not let her out she would drive you crazy (and possibly hunt YOU down). She would slide her paws on the glass doors (we only have glass doors leading outside) which made a terrible squeaking noise…

      Did she get in trouble? Yes. She once fought a mother raccoon and got hurt to where she stayed under a chair for 2 days and lost her collar.

      When we were moving she got stuck in the moving van for the 3+ hour ride and hated cars ever since (luckily for most of the time after that we had a vet who made house-calls).

      But she was also incredibly street smart. If she heard a car any distance away, she would look both ways. And we didn’t really worry about her getting any diseases because we kept her vaccinated and she was one of the few cats, or maybe even only, roaming the neighborhood at her prime (didn’t do it as much with the arthritis).

      My next cat is probably going to be an indoor one, only because my first cat was so smart about it I would worry too much about the next one. But calling you cruel for doing that? Some cats are just part feral (like mine was, considered us more “servants” and was not a people cat) and have to go outside or they start going crazy indoors.

    • Magrat

      December 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      If you live in an apartment or near a busy street you really can’t have outdoor cats. Some cats are pretty lazy and don’t mind. I did have one that I had to let out about six months earlier than I was planning, though, because he would bolt for the door every time it opened.

    • CrazyLogic

      December 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      There are a lot of outdoor cats in New England. However, from what understand, people who declaw their cats or adopt one that has had it’s claws removed tend to make them indoor because they don’t have their main means of defense.

    • Véronique Houde

      December 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      In Canada, cats are always outside. In my neighborhood, there are tons of them, and they’re all friends except for one grumpy mean old cat that no one likes. My cat spends a few minutes outside in the winter but gets too cold, but can be outside all day in the summer. I tend to just leave the patio door open for him to wander around. He never really goes very far anyway.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      December 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Nothing amuses me more than plopping my cat down into the first snow of winter. Evil, but unbelievably amusing!

    • Véronique Houde

      December 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      I’ve done that once when there were 2 meters of snow in my backyard. He sank to the bottom and I had to dig him out lol… I’ve never done that again…!

    • Benwhoski

      December 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      There are definitely outdoor cats in the U.S., but a lot of people keep them indoors. Indoor cats tend to have longer life-spans (they get in fewer fights, less likely to get hit by cars, less likely to catch FIV or feline leukemia), and since domestic cats are not actually native to North America, they are rough on local small wildlife.

      We currently have two that are indoor cats, because it means much less worry for us. We adopted them as kittens so they’re pretty used to being inside. Previously, we had an adopted stray who wouldn’t tolerate staying indoors all the time. He would have been miserable if we’d kept him inside, but it meant a lot of vet bills when he would get into fights with the local raccoons and foxes, and worry at times when he would wander and not come home some nights.

    • Elizabeth

      December 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

      My family used to let the cats go outdoors during the daytime, but then one got eaten by a badger. Now, they’re indoor-only cats, but they have three, so they never get bored or show an interest in going out.

    • MellyG

      December 4, 2013 at 12:33 am

      I’ve never understood why it’s considered cruel, because it’s actually much safer for the cat AND the environment. They’re less likely to catch diseases, get in fights, etc. And since they’re not big, they have plenty of room in the house. Mine was outside lost for 3.5 weeks and he came back 1/3 his body weight….not a cat that can live outdoors!

  15. allisonjayne

    December 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    There’s a dude I see around my neighbourhood who has an emotional support bunny. He pushes it around in a stroller that has a little sign saying “emotional support service animal, please do not touch” (or something like that). It definitely caught my eye the first few times, but hey, whatever works.

    And yes, that woman was rude. Ridiculous. Your response was spot on, and awesome. It is unusual, and of course people will notice and it catches attention, but there’s no reason to be rude about it. I do admit that I had a bit of an internal chuckle when I saw a woman a few years ago pushing a yorkie in a baby stroller (like, an actual baby stroller – and it was sitting in it like a baby would) wearing actual baby clothes…but I certainly didn’t say anything to her!

    Y’know, I banished the word ‘gay’ (in a derogatory way) from my vocab shortly before I came out. The word ‘retarded’ followed suit shortly after. I have to admit I’m having a harder time with the word ‘crazy’. I have friends with mental health issues and friends who work in the mental health field (and of course, crossover between the two), so I know how hurtful it can be, and I’m really, really trying to get rid of it. It’s proving to be a little more difficult….it sucks how ubiquitous that word is, and used to describe so many things.

    • Eve Vawter

      December 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      I sort of love the idea of an emotional support bunny. Mine would look like http://i.imgur.com/vG6Jk.gif

      I am with you on crazy. I know it is hurtful. I try and remember not to use it.

    • candyvines

      December 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Oh my god! Nightmare fuel.

    • Natasha

      December 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      And now, I won’t be able to sleep for a week.

    • Eve Vawter

      December 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      It’s from a TV show called Misfits on Hulu I <3

    • EmmaFromÉire

      December 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      OH MY GOD YOU GET MISFITS???? I absolutely LOVED the first two seasons!

    • EmmaFromÉire

      December 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      I recommend a show called Love/Hate, you can get it on Hulu and it’s probably the best Irish drama ever made, Darren from Misfits is in it!

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      I keep forgetting to say thank you, so first of all, thank you! 🙂

      I actually struggle with it as well, because there are situations it isn’t really offensive in (“that crowd was crazy” etc) and ones where it is really hurtful (“she’s such a psycho” etc). I think it all depends on context, really.

    • JLH1986

      December 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      We encourage our independent living clients to get plants, or for those who are doing REALLY well to get live animals because they do provide that support. Some client’s get bearded dragons or snakes or turtles. Others get cats and dogs. If it brings someone peace then I’m all for it.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      My cats have been an absolutely enormous positive influence on my life and recovery! They’ve made such an impact close friends have remarked on how much better I seem since adopting the kitties.

    • JLH1986

      December 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      We bring animals in all the time to the house to help our clients. There is TONS of research on mental health and pets. Basically, unless you have some reason that caring for an animal is out of the question (medical issues, inability to care for others) they are beneficial and therapeutic. So you are actually taking a huge proactive step in your recovery! 🙂 Kudos!

    • Holly

      December 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      I just had to ban my 10 year old son from using the word “mental” to describe his friends’ actions. (Like “he was MENTAL at recess!”) I never realized how awful it was to use language like that until I heard it from my own kid.

    • Kelby Johnson

      December 3, 2013 at 2:34 am

      My son says the same thing and he’s 11! It must be a 5th/6th grade thing because I’ve never heard him say that before this year.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      December 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

      yup, or one I hear constantly is “He/she is such a REtard” (if someone does something stupid in school)
      I tore strips off my stepson for that. turns out he actually had no idea what it means.
      My cousin has severe Down’s Syndrome, so I calmly explained to him it’s a truly horrible word used to describe someone with a learning disability, like cousin ______
      he was so ashamed of himself afterwards, not just because he LOVES his cousin, but that he’d thought it was cool to say.
      But you know, as far as we can go as parents, I do believe 9 times out of 10, they have no idea what the words actually mean.

    • AE Vorro

      December 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Funny you mentioned that, I’ve been feeling that way, too. And it’s a really hard habit to break.

    • jendra_berri

      December 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Emotional support bunny! Omg, I’m so happy that’s an actual thing.

  16. Kim

    December 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    My Aunty’s corgi developed MS (yeah, turns out dogs can get MS too) but still wanted to go for walks, she would sit and front door and whimper, so my Aunty bought an old fashioned pram (you know, the ones with the big wheels) and wheeled her disabled corgi around the park every day for the rest of her little (and very happy) life. She got so many nasty comments, it’s so sad how some people only ever assume the negative. The vet thought she was pretty amazing though.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      I also think she is pretty amazing! <3

      For any wondering, the model of stroller I got is designed to hold any small animals it would be feasible for, such as rabbits, and small dogs as well (up to 30kg I believe).

    • CrazyLogic

      December 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      All corgi’s need a a stroller. That is my verdict.

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

      And, if anyone is looking for the same model as I have, it’s this one!
      http://www.pet-supermarket.co.uk/Products/CN179019/pet-gear-happy-trails-stroller

    • Tinyfaeri

      December 3, 2013 at 10:22 am

      That is pretty amazing! I’m sure the pup thought so too. 🙂

    • Frannnn

      December 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      What could “the negative” of that possibly be? How could you be rude to someone who obviously loves another living being so much and isn’t hurting anyone? Why are people so mean!?

  17. candyvines

    December 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    To the sanctimommies:

    • candyvines

      December 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      I have no idea how to make it right side up!

    • libraryofbird

      December 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I cracked up seeing this picture. Even if you do figure out how to turn it I hope you don’t.

    • candyvines

      December 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Glad you like it! I’ll leave it like that and pretend it’s not because I’m lazy.

  18. JooLane

    December 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    More pics of funny cats http://tiny.pl/qrzgd

  19. Natasha

    December 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Ehhhh I’m way more of a large dog person (cats give me nightmares, and tiny dogs scare me) but I think it’s adorable when people push their pets in strollers. Our 75lb dog would prob chew his way out of any stroller we put him in, but if his hips go bad I will totally push him around. Hey, at least they care for their animals! There are two little old ladies in our ‘hood who push their matching beady eyed pugs (sorry!) in matching strollers while wearing matching velour sweatsuits and I want to hug them they’re so cute.
    Your comeback was amazing. I would never comment on another person like that, especially in front of my kids!

  20. CrazyLogic

    December 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I want a cat stroller! I don’t have a cat but I need the goddamed stroller!

  21. Magrat

    December 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Judgey moms aside, why would you put your older cat in the stroller if she doesn’t want to go and tries to escape? It’s not like she’s getting exercise, so unless there’s a reason you can’t leave her at home, why make that much worry for yourself? I’d be worried that she’d bolt and get lost or hit by a car.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      It’s the younger one who doesn’t like it! The escape happened only once! I’ve secured her escape route now, and only take her in the pram to the vet and back, at the moment. Last vet trip she had warmed up to the pram, so we’ll see how it goes. Worst case scenario, since we don’t have a car, it’s the less stressful and easiest way to get her to the vet. Believe me I was panicked the whole way back home that day about her escaping on the way!

  22. Sarah Hollowell

    December 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    THAT LAST LINE MADE ME SO HAPPY thank you

  23. LiteBrite

    December 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Can I just say that I love that this article delved into a bunch of us talking about our cats. 🙂

    I once toyed with the idea of getting a stroller for my cats. Then I pictured trying to stuff 16lbs of pure pissed-off kitty into a stroller and abandoned the idea right quick.

  24. Aldonza

    December 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    When I was in NYC still, I had a stroller for my cat for vet visits. He was 17 pounds and huge. The stroller made the two block trip to see the vet so much easier than a cat carrier, since he was too big for the normal cat sized ones and the bigger sizes were awkward for me to carry. It was also good to have in case of emergencies and I needed to get him out in a hurry.

  25. Alicia Kiner

    December 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    People need to watch Bambi again. Thumper gives out the best advice…if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all. The world would be a much better place.

  26. Himani

    December 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I’m the mom with 2 kids who passes cats in a stroller and go apeshit.
    “OMG! Kitties in a stroller? How adorable! WOOK AT DA WIDDLE BABIES! What are their names? Can I pet them?”
    I go nuts. I think pets in strollers are awesome.

    • Hana Graham

      December 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      The majority of moms I meet are the same! 🙂

  27. G.E. Phillips

    December 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I want to say something intelligent, but OMG KITTENS!!!!!

  28. Alanna Jorgensen

    December 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Your response was so beautiful it brings a tear to my eye.

  29. jendra_berri

    December 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    You are cat-shit crazy, and I would love to run into you on the street. A cat in a stroller would make my day.

  30. JussyLee

    December 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I have a kitty stroller! I haven’t received any negative feedback about taking my kitties on walks, but perhaps that’s just a perk of living in the polite culture of the midwest. I’m currently expecting my first child, and I’m excited to go on walks with my husband pushing the baby stroller and me pushing the kitty stroller. And someday the kiddo can push the kitties in the stroller too. The human/pet relationship is extremely valueable, and investing a lot in it is hardly crazy.

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 3:14 am

      Omgomg another stroller lady! High five!! I enjoy the same mental picture!! I do take Freyja on playdates into town with my best friend and her toddler, who loves pushing the pram! We do have to explain sometimes that we have not kicked the child out of the pram and given it to the cat!

    • JussyLee

      December 3, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Hi five!! That’s so cute! It just goes to show what an awesome cat-mom you are to give your kitties a super duper stroller that passes for something a human kid could use. My kitties and I are totally jealous! Our stroller is kind of dinky. If people somehow assumed I intended to stuff a toddler in it, they’d report me!

    • JussyLee

      December 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Also, I have a brown tabby girl and a gray boy like you do. It’s like we’re creepy cat-mom twins.

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

      THIS PLEASES ME.

    • MellyG

      December 4, 2013 at 12:29 am

      Oh i LOVE these guys!!!!! SO cute. My boys used to snuggle all the time, but we moved in with grandma and her cat, and i think the 3rd cat screwed up their bromance. They only fight now – i want them to snuggle again 🙁

    • JussyLee

      December 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Hi five!! That’s so cute! It just goes to show what an awesome cat-mom
      you are to give your kitties a super duper stroller that passes for
      something a human kid could use. My kitties and I are totally jealous!
      Our stroller is kind of dinky. If people somehow assumed I intended to
      stuff a toddler in it, they’d report me!

  31. JeanBean

    December 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I volunteer at the animal shelter. Try walking around with a cat in a stroller that says ADOPT ME! on the front of it. Talk about abuse before people realize that it’s a cat and not a baby in there…..

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 3:12 am

      Oh my gosh, that mental image is amazing! Now I wanna do that for our local shelter!

  32. Blueathena623

    December 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I’m not a cat person (I’m not anti-cat, I’ve owned several, but I’m not a cat person) but I’m greatly looking forward to your articles on mental illness. Hope we can have several productive chats via comments 🙂

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 3:11 am

      Thank you! I hope so as well! 🙂

  33. dgghgf

    December 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Its definately weird, as long as your not single I can’t see a reason against cat-strollin.

    • Educated

      December 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      It’s*, definitely*, you’re*

      And because I’m getting sleepy, I’m not even going to get started on your sentence structure or lame attitude.

  34. Maddi Holmes

    December 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I need a cat stroller. I get really upset that I can’t take my cat with me when I go for walks because he loves being with me and tries to follow me. I don’t let him walk along behind me because we live on a busy street and I don’t trust him to not do something stupid (he’s really dumb bless him). I think I’d get a lot of judgmental “teen mom” stares if I did take him with me in a stroller. Even though he’s a cat.

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 3:10 am

      We live on a main road in the city as well. I recommend cat strollers highly, as long as the cat enjoys it, or the vet is walking distance!

  35. Des Wilson

    December 3, 2013 at 1:24 am

    In Japan they carry little cats and dogs around everywhere. The strollers for your animal cost more than the one for people!

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 3:09 am

      Yet another reason I wanna move to Japan!

    • Simone

      December 3, 2013 at 5:06 am

      Yes but in Japan, there are also brokers who arrange marriages for people’s pet robot dogs. Just sayin’.

  36. Rowan

    December 3, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I didn’t even realise this was a thing! Don’t think it happens in the UK, which is a shame because one of mine would’ve been completely up for it. I was always kicking him out of my son’s pram & pushchair. He was an outdoor cat, just soppy and lazy. My current old lady wouldn’t have any of it.

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 3:08 am

      These kitties are UK kitties! I’m American but I live in Belfast 🙂

    • Rowan

      December 3, 2013 at 6:06 am

      Gutted I’ve never seen it around here. If I now get arrested because I’m looking in random strollers in case of kitties, I’m blaming you.

  37. NotThumper

    December 3, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I have 1 child (2 year old daughter) and 4 cats….
    Tell me who is the crazy one? 😉 I tell everyone I am a crazy cat lady and my husband/child are just my beards. 😉
    And for the record…I don’t take ANYONE for walks in a stroller. 😉

    PS, you are NOT crazy and seriously, F*CK the haters! Fur-babies for LIFE! 😉

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 3:08 am

      Well, I am indeed certifiably crazy. I don’t mind, I just hate having it used against me as a slur! But more on that later! I just fight daily for destigmatization and education/tolerance for mental illness. And the right for all cat people to push our cats in prams without fear! 😉

  38. Plonk

    December 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I think cat strollers are a great idea ! When I was in Japan I saw plenty of people with dog strollers, no one ever seemed to bat an eyelash. And a few years ago I often saw a man in my neighbourhood who went everywhere with his cat perched like the king of swag on his shoulder. Pet people rock.

    Now I wish I could put my cat in a stroller too, it would be such a comfort to have him everywhere with me, but he’s such a wuss. When I take the train with him, I have to keep my hand in his box the whole time or he’ll just start bawling, I can’t imagine how he’d react to a busy street.
    I’m sorry people turn out to be such nuisances every time we put one toe out of line. My other cat is currently undergoing radiation therapy for a fibrosarcoma, and some people have said they don’t understand why we bother because she’s just a cat. I wish I could just headbutt them.

  39. gothicgaelicgirl

    December 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I love you lol.
    I hate when people say your pets are not like babies- all my cats were definitely my babies!
    =)

  40. Mystik Spiral

    December 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Now I want to add photos of my babies… 🙂

    Daymon & Holland:
    https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/425891_10151221599469165_1146854101_n.jpg

    Lounging on one of their many, many fleeces:
    https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/552450_10151210463514165_1636203922_n.jpg

    My oh-so-modest girl:
    https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/155336_10151211957019165_353759967_n.jpg

    Oh, another fleece! He can curl up into the tightest ball…

    https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/69184_10151217382144165_629923783_n.jpg

    Has loved boxes since she was a wee kitten… has never been very good at hide n’ seek…
    https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/2121_45041009164_1749_n.jpg

  41. Melissa

    December 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, I laughed so much while reading this. I think it’s great that you proudly push your kitty children around in a stroller!!

  42. TheGiantPeach

    December 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I’m new to being a cat person. I have had dogs all my life but never cats. So one day last year, I heard a meowing and loud banging at the front door. Somehow, a grey striped cat had gotten in between the 2 doors and was stuck. I opened them, and he marched right in the hous, jumped up on the couch and looked at me like “I live here now.” He has been here ever since, and while I’m still much more a dog person I’ve become quite fond of him over time. His name is Mr. Cat (creative huh?), and he mostly keeps to himself. He sleeps at the foot of the bed at night, and as long as there is food in his bowl before we go to sleep all is well. If not, he will put his face about 2 inches from mine and meow all night until I get up and feed him. The dog is terrified of him.

    • meteor_echo

      December 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Well, he adopted you 🙂

  43. Zach Rosenberg

    December 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    “I get the odd drive-by shouting when people see me pushing a stroller while smoking a cigarette, but I just throw my head back and start cackling, because the joke is on them, there’s a cat in there.”

    How is this the best one-liner on the internet right now?!

    • Hana Graham

      December 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      I think they mean the poop in a box bit!

  44. canaduck

    December 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    “Oh my god, just have a baby already, nutter.”

    Wow, WHAT?!?

    Your response was perfect. I never could have come up with something that great, let alone that fast! And thanks also for speaking candidly (and humorously) about mental illness.

  45. scooby23

    December 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t have my cat YET, but I still have high hopes for getting my own lil’ kitty someday. That mom sounds she needs to stop the judgin’ and start the kitty stroller lovin’.

  46. Cass Dickson

    December 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Who peed in that woman’s cornflakes? If I saw a kitty in a stroller I would literally just melt into “oh my god so cute omg hello little kitty baby hello who’s the cutest ever YOU ARE” Who the heck gets upset about a cat in a stroller? And who cares if your babies are human or furry or scaled or winged? They’re your babies and you love them, it baffles me that this isn’t a universal feeling sometimes. I’m so happy you pulled off such a fantastic come-back, though. 😉

  47. Steph

    December 4, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I love this article! I hope to read many more from you! My cat is Frederick Paul Remington. He’s the crankiest thing ever, and our entire family loves him to pieces. Our daughter’s first word was “meow”.

    • Hana Graham

      December 4, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Thank you very much! 🙂 And that is awesome, I hope my kids are the same some day!

  48. MellyG

    December 4, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I am very proud to be a crazy cat lady, my kitties ARE my babies. I’ve never had a stroller, but one would be terrified and the other would escape, so i don’t see the point. However, they ARE spoiled rotten! My oldest got out, and a student of mine hired a freaking PET DETECTIVE to find him! Talk about over the top cat lady 🙂 We found him after the longest 3 1/2 weeks of my life, very skinny but ok! And cats KNOW who their furless mamas are, and i can not be persuaded they do not – i’ve had mine since he was 7 weeks old, he almost exclusively sleeps on my bed, and when i found him in the cat trap he was screaming bloody murder. I uncovered the trap, let him see me and told him “mama is here, she’s gonna take you home, you’re fine” and he stopped crying. I promptly took him to the vet and when i let him out of the trap, he was on my lap purring instantly. Even the vet said “that cat knows he’s home”. (i also come from a father that is a crazy cat MAN, he had a cat when i was born, turned out i had allergies – I got allergy shots, the cat stayed, lol)

  49. Ronda D

    December 4, 2013 at 12:50 am

    I always fear that my kids will be allergic to cats because so many on my husband’s side of the family is allergic. It’d be so annoying to have to give away a child after all that effort to give birth to it but you can’t have the cats bothered by all that sneezing.

    • MellyG

      December 4, 2013 at 1:11 am

      <3 Exactly! (and on a serious note – i "Grew out" of my allergies, whatever that means, i'm told i'm allergic but my dad's cat was with me from the time i was a baby, and i've had mine getting cat fur on everything since they were kittens – i think you get used to it after awhile)

      I have a friend who is allergic to cat NIP – how odd is that? She can't spend the night because of the nip in the toys…..odd

    • Ronda D

      December 4, 2013 at 1:14 am

      That is weird! I guess you can be allergic to anything? I did have one friend who was allergic to benedryl and it was sort of too funny not to joke about. “What happens if you have an allergic reaction to your allergy meds? Does it counteract the first allergy attack or do you just explode?”

    • MellyG

      December 4, 2013 at 1:20 am

      That IS odd. And funny (but your poor friend!) The friend that has the nip problem (we tease her, and joke that she’s not allergic, she just has a “nip problem” we don’t talk about, so have to hide the nip, lol) just got a cat. There are cat nip free toys out there, i just feel bad for the cat….mine are nip junkies!

    • Ronda D

      December 4, 2013 at 1:30 am

      lol, maybe she’s actually a cat and hides it well unless nip is around 😉

  50. Tammy M.

    December 4, 2013 at 1:06 am

    This is probably making this too serious but I feel the need to share. When I lost my first baby to miscarriage, my loving husband and I bought a cat. We were going to get the cat anyway but not until after the baby was born etc etc. But I was so sad and broken up and that little baby cat healed a lot of wounds for me. Do I baby her? Hell yes. Do I treat her a bit too human at times? Yep. Am I crazy? Probably. But she has been a wonderful companion and a creature that I could love and care for. I would love to push my kitty around in a stroller but I get scared that someone will say one of those harsh things and I’d break down. Do I want it to be a baby? Yup, I sure did and I’m still trying to have one. I’m not completely insane, I know she’s not a human baby. But she’s a creature that needs me and I need her and I am so grateful that she is the sweet and loving creature that she is. Why is it such a problem that she isn’t human? Why must I be horribly messed up for spoiling her with all my pent up love and affection? “Just have a baby, already” would’ve caused me to punch that lady in the throat so maybe it’s best if my baby stays indoors or on a leash. I get that I’m a bit nuts, but aren’t we all? At least my nuts means a safe happy home for an orphaned cat and a far less sad and depressed me. 😉

    • MellyG

      December 4, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Aww, i’m so glad the cat is helping! There is so much actual scientific data on how pets help people in so many ways, I don’t understand people that feel a need to downplay the love we have for pets. Yes, we all logically know it’s not the SAME as a kid (i think child services would be called on me if i left a baby unattended for long periods of time, or stayed somewhere over night and just made sure the baby had extra food!), but that doesn’t mean we can’t love pets like family. Growing up my dad’s cat was my “big sister” – my mom’s current dog is my “baby brother”, and my uncle’s dog was my “cousin” (and brother to my ACTUAL cousins). My kitties have “aunts” from all over the world, and get spoiled with with kitty toys from Australia and England! My mom calls them her grandkitties and fawns over them. We’re not all delusional, we get that they’re “just pets” but they depend on us, and we love them, and there’s nothing wrong with any of us crazy pet people <3

    • Hana Graham

      December 4, 2013 at 4:07 am

      Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! <3 And I agree with you 100%!

  51. Drea

    December 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    If my big,old,orange flufferball liked the outdoors, I would have him in a stroller too. He is my baby. I have had him since I was 12 (I’m 22 now) and rescued him from an abusive home. He attached himself to me and my spoiling ways (he even has a bow tie of his own that he loves!).

  52. HS

    December 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I had cats for a while but I was never too crazy about them. Then circumstances happened and the cat had to go. Then my son came along. And now finally my daughter, my sweet doggy-poo. Mama loves you!

  53. CMP414

    January 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Is it alittle crazy to push a cat in a stroller? Maybe but who cares the author isnt hurting anyone. I hope the next time a sanctimommy tells her off the cat gives her a good, loud hiss

  54. ArcRoyale

    February 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I would wager that your cat stroller is a heck of a lot cheaper than some of the designer (gucci, LV) bags that some people carry their tiny dogs in.

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