Mary Jo DiLonardo has worked in print, online, and broadcast journalism for 25 years and covers nature, health, science, and animals.
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Be Careful With Your Shoulder Cat
There are some safety concerns that come with shoulder cats. If you train or encourage your cat to leap onto your shoulders from the floor, there is also a chance it will vault from the top of the dresser across the room without warning. If you are startled, it may create a negative experience for the cat. The best thing you can do is try to be on alert when your cat is scaling or perching atop tall furniture.
It is not recommended to take your cat for a shoulder ride outside. Even the calmest of animals can be spooked by a truck driving by or a dog across the street, and being startled could result in the cat pouncing off and running away. If you insist on taking your cat for a stroll outside, make sure it is on a leash and harness.
None of this means you should discourage the behavior completely, though. As long as you take the appropriate safety measures, you and your shoulder cat can both enjoy spending time together in this quirky way.