Happy Cat on a Lead in the Big City

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I was having a morning bicycle photo trip with my DSLR in the city center of St. Petersburg when I witnessed this scene.

A charming tabby cat on a lead, full of dignity and intelligence, and my heart got immediately melted. The owner was feeding crows, probably, for his pet's entertainment only.

Murzik (let's call the cat with this classical Russian male cat name) didn't try to run away or jump, he was enjoying birds from distance waving his tail excitedly. He was rejoicing the birds as an art lover admires masterpieces in a museum.

I was so much enchanted by this cat that I lost all manners and was taking images without paying attention to the fact that the man was hearing numerous clicks of my camera. A couple of times he peeked at me (though without anger) and I immediately descended the camera showing in that way "this was the last one, sorry". But as soon as he turned away, I couldn't help taking images. Probably, he understood I was having irresistible temptation - his Murzik was too gorgeous.

I liked the man too. He wore home clothes, as if he went to the kitchen, and then suddenly decided to go out to the city center in the same garment. They were both relaxed and looked happy. I envied their partnership and I thought I want to be like this guy when I am older.

I really wanted to follow them to continue the photo session but I understood that this would be the pure pursuit beyond the bounds of decency.

I had a telephoto lens on the camera so, without following them, I was taking farewell pictures from afar.

How was he walking! Calm, well-mannered, with the tail always being up... Murzik is loved, it was clear, and he also loves his human.

I took these images with a Nikkor 70-300mm on a full-frame DSLR Nikon D750 on July 30, 2021 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.



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You didn't follow them, but it seems the crows did - I see so many of them on the asphalt on their way home. 😃
Wow, this is an unbelievable sight! All your photos show such amazing things. First, a cat standing calmly among birds - this is simply not possible. "The owner was feeding crows, probably, for his pet's entertainment only." This thought greatly amuses me. I'm shaken with laughter. 😄
Then - the couple themselves look amazing - the man "in home clothes" and his owner, this lovely tabby cat.
Unique post!

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Thank you! 😃 Yes, an amazing couple. And it was pleasure to see that a cat can be so fine about a lead. I guess that a collar (around the neck) isn't a good idea for a cat but the harness in the images looks fine. I personally has never had an experience of walking a cat in the city but I wonder about it.

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I would personally say that a collar on a cat is one of the most unnatural things that can exist. Even a cat locked in an apartment in a big city looks very unnatural to me. We have 3 free-roaming cats whose lives won't be as long as an apartment cat's, for sure, but I think they're happy. They are busy with their feline important tasks all day and don't rely on me to entertain them. 😸
On the other hand, a cat on a leash is probably better than a stray cat, of which there are so many in my country. And maybe an adopted stray cat will be grateful for the rest of its life and will let itself be leashed because it knows what's out there where it had to fight for its life and survive. 🤔

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I think a collar is unnatural because cats generally dislike having anything on them, especially something resembling a noose on their sensitive neck.

I think many people don't walk cats in big cities because cats can't stand being on a leash. But I showed an example that some cats are fine with it (with harness at least). Of course, this is great when a cat can go out on a lead and explore the world instead of sitting inside of the apartment all the life.

But what I am saying, just my beliefs, not practice. I don't have a cat - my destiny is to be a nomad, as I see. When I was a kid we had cats but it was a private house with a garden. Later, we lived in an attic apartment and we had an entrance to the big roof so our cat had much space to walk (and to meet gentlecats and get pregnant).

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Ha ha, 'gentlecat', such a great word! 😸 I also haven't found the place to settle down yet, but I always find myself having to take care of cats. It's just fate, I guess 😊

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Ame sus fotografías😊, pienso que si hubiese sido yo, hubiese actuado de la misma forma que lo hiciste tú, es algo irresistible contemplar un momento como el que usted pudo apreciar.

Tambien desearia en mi vejez, ser como la persona con su gato en tus fotografías, te felicito, me alegro muchísimo leerte, Gracias por compartir esta adorable experiencia

I love your photographs😊, I think that if it had been me, I would have acted in the same way that you did, it is something irresistible to contemplate a moment like the one you could appreciate.

I also wish in my old age, to be like the person with his cat in your photographs, I congratulate you, I am very happy to read you, thank you for sharing this adorable experience

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Glad you liked the post 🙂 Thank you!

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