Diva Drama

Yesterday I posted that Bill and I are preparing for a brand new chapter in our lives where we will become full-time RVers!

Moving out of our current home and into a 35 -40 foot motorhome will be exciting and new for both Bill and I as we travel the United States and Canada, stopping all along the way to get out and explore the little towns and sights….

However, our precious little cat, Carmen just might not be as excited as we are about this soon to be life changing event. No, Carmen, who has been part of our family for the past ten years, and has always been an indoor cat, doesn’t like change. She is perrrrrrrrrrrrrfectly happy spending her days wandering around the inside of the house we have now, and sees no reason why her life should be disrupted to accommodate our dreams…

With that in mind, I decided perhaps now would be a good time to begin harness training Carmen. I thought that when we are living and traveling in our motorhome, and we are parked, it might be nice if while we are sitting outside enjoying a nice happy hour and/or dinner…. Carmen could be in her harness with a leash and enjoy the outside fresh air with us…

So, the first thing I did was google how to harness/leash train your cat. I read through all the steps that said to start out slow and allow your cat to become acquainted with the harness by putting it near the cat’s food bowl and/or sleeping quarters for a few days so they can sniff it, and investigate it, and begin to get use to having it around….

Than I went to the pet store and bought a harness and leash especially for cats. I decided on a pretty soft material that also glows in the dark so I can clearly see her when she is sitting beside me for our outside happy hour excursions… I brought the harness home and introduced it to Carmen letting her sniff it and rub all up against is etc. Then I laid the harness on the bed where she naps… see how nicely she is laying there looking at her new harness that I am hoping she is going to love..?


Well, after a few days of letting Carmen get use to having the harness around, I decided it was safe to move on to step two which is to distract your cat with a special treat while you actually slip the harness on her… Carmen loves, loves, loves tuna. I rarely give it to her and when I do it is just a little pinch here and there… I opened the tuna and took out a nice size pinch thinking I may need a little extra time to actually get the harness on her and buckled up… As soon as I showed Carmen the tuna she came running right over to me and I gave her a tiny bit while I was reaching for her to get her on my lap (she is not a lap cat at all) so I could slip her front legs through the harness leg holes…

OMG!!! when I did that, all hell broke loose… as soon as I grabbed her, she started hissing and growling and became like water in my hands. I had to wrangle her to the ground and hold on tight with one hand while trying to get her legs through the leg holes that were looking smaller and smaller by the minute… I finally managed to get the harness on her and buckled up, but when I let go of her, she stood up and immediately just fell right over on her side with all four legs sticking straight out like she couldn’t move…It was hysterical!!!! I mean that cat looked like on of those goats that pass out and fall over when they get scared. I don’t think I ever laughed so hard in all my life. I just let her lay there for a while like the instructions said so that she would “become use to the harness being on her body…” but she never moved. She just laid there with her legs straight out staring into space..


It was like she was paralyzed! I tried giving her feather ball to her but she wasn’t the least bit interested in that. I tried to get her to stand up, but she just kept all four legs straight out and wouldn’t even let her front legs near her body. It was like she was in a stiff body cast…. I thought I would die laughing at how far she was taking the drama act…

So finally, I took the harness off of her because the instructions say to “be very patient” and only expose them to small amounts of training per day. They say it’s going to take time, and all cats are different, so you have to work with your cats personality and temperament… I don’t think the people that wrote those instructions ever met a Diva Drama cat like our Carmen… At this pace, I will be lucky if I get her harness trained within her life span… It’s not looking good, but I’m determined! 🙂

Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 22:15:33

    Picture me totally cracking up!!!!! OMG…this is so hysterical. I’ll have to have time to quit laughing before I can even provide comments!!! xoxoxo


    • beyondcinderella
      Feb 12, 2015 @ 00:41:03

      I know Frissy, I have been laughing ever since that harness episode and trying to get up the courage to do another one. My cousin, Jl told me to try a calm cat all natural product so I will be looking into that as tool to help make this harness training work…All I want is for Carmen to be able to get out and get some fresh air when we park… but if she refuses…all I can say is I tried my best to help her… just like with children…. right? Xoxo


  2. katsbynp
    Feb 12, 2015 @ 01:10:39

    What a great post! I love the pictures especially of her stretched out with the harness on. Looking forward to hear the continuing saga of harness training! XoXo


  3. Holly Carrico
    Feb 12, 2015 @ 23:24:32

    That is so darn funny, but in truth, why would you think anything would go the way you want it to go. with that Diva cat? Great post. Thank you for the laugh


    • beyondcinderella
      Feb 13, 2015 @ 00:52:08

      Well, Holly, you know our Diva cat Carmen well…. and know that she is not open to ANY kind of change what so EVER….I don’t know why I thought she might warm up to this harness training at all but you know me… If nothing else, I am determined… stay tuned and thank you so much for leaving your comment. Love you to the moon and back and MORE!!! Xoxo


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