We have lazy cats, stubborn cats – and adventure cats? It might be hard to believe, but here’s one woman who hopes to shut stereotyping of these kitties. Adventure Cats, is the name for the Instagram account and website of Laura J. Moss. She’s an Atlanta writer whose fascination of outdoorsy felines led to a huge frustration. After all, there’s not enough information on how to train cats from being all-time couch potatoes to furry friends that appreciate hikes. She said in Atlanta Magazine:
What Are Adventure Cats?
There were so many people already hiking and walking with their cats—I didn’t realize how many. [With the Instagram account,] we became the focal point for that [already sizeable] community.
You know the stereotype. Unlike dogs that can love the beach, cats loathe the waters. They don’t like exercises. For many years, cat owners are often told to keep their kitties inside as long as possible.
Adventure Cats, though, proves kitties are victims of stereotypes. True, they need a little bit of prodding, sometimes a tight pull on the harness or leash. But they can love the outdoors too. In fact, they can have lots of fun swimming (or perhaps just riding the boat). It may take a while for them to get confident, but it’s not impossible. I guess they’re just happy being with their owners, so they’re willing to get out of their comfort zone A.K.A. sofas. The movement also removes the notion cat parents are just as boring as their cats!
Not All Indoor Cats Love Adventures
Should you take them for a walk now? Cats are natural-born hunters. At the very least, they’re entitled to experience the outdoors. However, they have to be supervised. Although they have homing instincts, indoor cats are not used to the noise and crowded places.
Moss also said not all cats (especially indoor ones) love adventures, and that’s true. Like dogs, kitties can have their own temperament. It also depends on how you interact with them and the kind of social behavior they are used to. As a cat parent, you can always try to rein them into the world of A-D-V-E-N-T-U-R-E-S, but always keep in mind happiness goes both ways.
Cats can feel scared, confused, and even depressed when they are introduced to new surroundings and experiences. If you want to start today, though, go to the fun website to get all the tips you need. But if it doesn’t work, don’t force it. Kitties will do just fine being homebodies.
How do you get started becoming a dad or mom of adventure cats? Get basic tips from a fellow mom:
Are you ready to have an adventure cat? Let Moss and her community show you how. Get all the help you need, so you can also share your adventure with your fur baby. Whether it’s a walk to the mountains or a trip to the beach, always keep your kitty safe, healthy, and happy.
What do you think of adventure cats? What kind of travel would you like to do with your kitty? Share your thoughts below!