Monday, May 12, 2014

Could You Carry a Kitten?


Perhaps in here, with the zipper open just enough to let in some air?

What if: you are sitting at work one day, and for some very good reason, you find yourself in the position of deciding whether or not you can transport a kitten home on your bicycle. 

I was considering the possibility, yes, and did not end up with an actual kitten to carry home, but I gave the question considerable thought. Could I do it if I needed? What are the options? Empty out the One Big Bag that goes on the back rack, and put him in there? Would it be too dark, scary, hot, or airless in there? Would I have to cut holes in the bag? Would the kitten mess up the inside? Or grow frightened?

What about inside my shirt, against my skin? I'm just exploring options here. Easier to keep an eye on him, a Turkish Van, by the way. He seemed big enough to hack it, but not too big. Full claws, though, as it should be, but would he freak out and use them on me in an effort to get out? That's what I might do if I found myself in a parallel situation, riding inside the shirt of a giant cat, let's say, being jostled about while he took me somewhere, I know not where, for some reason, I know not why.

Or perhaps a quickly improvised cat carrier to bungie onto the rear rack: small holes for breathing, something soft to lay on, perhaps something familiar-smelling to comfort him. That might be the best option. I don't know for sure, though.

I thought that my ability to carry a kitten home on my bicycle spontaneously, or lack thereof, would say something important about the bicycle as a means of daily transport. Does it limit options? How severely? Does it cut off some spontaneous acts while enabling others? Could you carry a kitten?
 

6 comments:

  1. Absolutely, It would fir safely and comfortably in my bike bag.

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    1. You exhibit solid bicycle transport confidence. The kitten would be reassured, which is half the challenge. Also, I suspect that kittens are more resilient than I might think.

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  2. Here's a kitten trick. You wrap the kitten like a burrito, but with his head sticking out. Then you tuck him somewhere safe where you can watch him. Front bag, probably. The cat can't use his claws or legs to escape or tear you up. (Just don't let him/her bite you!)

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    1. This technique sounds like it might be extended to a six pack of kitten buritos, snuggled together in a line in a secure basket.

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    1. Calmer minds prevailed--we have enough cats already!

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