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  • - [Voiceover] Here.

  • (playful music, featuring a trumpet)

  • - Mars and I have been

  • cat human buddies for about five years now.

  • He's just this, he's the biggest stoner cat.

  • He just loves to sit around, eat,

  • he loves being in bags,

  • I don't know what to say, he just loves being in bags.

  • - This is my cat Riceball,

  • he's very friendly, he's more like a dog cat,

  • He like, he does not afraid of people,

  • he doesn't scratch, or anything.

  • No, he has never been outside before,

  • but when I moved out to LA,

  • I did brought him with me,

  • but he's never been actually, physically on the ground.

  • - My name is Rocco, and I love cats.

  • More than I could love anything else.

  • My first adult job,

  • being a cat care attendant at the SPCA,

  • and moved into cat behavior specialist

  • at the San Francisco SPCA.

  • This guy is like, the most special cat I've ever met.

  • I just was realizing that I wouldn't sell him

  • for a million dollars.

  • I think the benefits of walking a cat on a leash

  • is that they do get that outdoor time,

  • but then there's no chance that

  • they're going to get mauled or carried away by a coyote.

  • I would say the first piece of advice I have,

  • not all cats are gonna take to a harness.

  • - [Devin] Can you stay still for a second?

  • Stay still. No.

  • - So right now I'm trying to put the leash on him.

  • - I'm not hurting my cat, I promise,

  • I'm just kind of making him do something

  • that is good for him ultimately.

  • - [Iris] Riceball thank you!

  • But you have to come back!

  • - If your cat freezes in the harness,

  • then you're going to have to work on

  • its relationship to being inside that harness

  • before you can take it outside.

  • - So, I had to call in backup,

  • this is my roommate Abby,

  • we are going to attempt to put this on him.

  • Yay, the harness is on!

  • - Oh, but you look so cute in this!

  • - He doesn't look happy, does he?

  • - [Abby] No, no, that's not a happy cat right there.

  • - [Devin] He does not look happy.

  • - Okay, I heard you.

  • - The best advice with any type

  • of behavioral issue with a cat

  • is try to figure out how to work with them.

  • Because if it knows you want something,

  • it's not going to do it.

  • So if you want them to do something,

  • then you're gonna have to figure out how to trick them

  • into thinking that they want it.

  • - What is this? Look at it! Oh! Oh!

  • He's walking with me!

  • - Here we go!

  • Let's try this.

  • No, let's go this way.

  • No, let's go this way.

  • (Mars meows)

  • Mars!

  • - [Iris] Let's go, let's go.

  • Let's go, treat!

  • - [Devin] Mars, c'mon.

  • C'mon baby.

  • We're just gonna go,

  • no, we're just gonna go on a little walk.

  • - (laughing) Look at her!

  • He's stressing me out,

  • I'm really, this is really stressful.

  • This is very, very stressful.

  • Uh, he's not liking this, at all.

  • - Oh he's, he's doing better than I thought.

  • I thought he was just gonna, like, sitting in one corner,

  • and doesn't move at all.

  • But he's making some kind of process.

  • C'mon, let's go!

  • - Mars is now wedged in between my neighbors hedge

  • and my front porch.

  • - We probably walked, like,

  • three steps out of apartment?

  • The apartment door is right there.

  • - I just feel like maybe this wasn't for him.

  • Right? You wanna go back inside?

  • - And cats, we're built to serve them.

  • That's why the ancient Egyptian's worshipped them,

  • you know what I mean?

  • I live to serve my cat, and that's honest.

  • So, if he wants to go on a walk,

  • I'm gonna provide that service.

- [Voiceover] Here.

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