Some say that we are a product of our surroundings. The same can go for a cat. You may immediately associate cats with lazy loaves that lounge around all day. How about a fierce feline that tackles trails and navigates lakes and oceans?
Meet Bolt and Keel. These Canadian adventure cats are showing dogs that their role as your best adventure buddy may now be under review. Don’t want to leave your cat at home when you head out to hit the trails? Here are a few tricks from their humans that may help:
1. Start them young
Small enough to fit in your jacket if needed. Keep them protected in your Gortex shell with you. We love this one.
2. Practice patience
You may be used to summiting mountains like a boss (or should we say meowtains?), but the pace changes when bringing along a cat. But the slow curious pace is worth it to share your adventures with your best buddies.
3. Use positive reinforcement
We all need a little encouragement now and then. Sometimes adventure cats need a few pets, treats, or even a warm sunbeam to lie in.
4. Listen to their body language
Are they feline fierce (sorry, can’t help it) or are they slinking low to the ground? We all have good days and bad days. It’s okay to turn around or end early if your adventure buddy isn’t feeling it or if the weather takes a turn for the worst. Cats can be sensitive to loud noises, strong wind, or rain.
5. Keep them safe
Find a good fitting harness (xs or small dog harnesses can work well), keep them on leash, and pick them up when you come across a dog on the trail. Are you taking them canoeing? Xs dog lifejackets work great, but fun fact: Cats are actually great swimmers and some breeds even enjoy it.
Still curious? You can read more about Bolt and Keel here.