Would You Go Hiking in the Great Outdoors with Your Domestic Cats?

Would you go hiking with your cats? Not many do that’s for sure but I really like this. I like the pictures of these two cats hiking with their human companions. It seems very natural. It seems just fine and I’m sure that it is. I wish I could do it. I wish that I did it. However, I don’t think I have the motivation to do it. I’m not sure that I would feel relaxed enough anyway to be looking after my cat while I was out hiking.

I am not sure that I would be okay with the whole thing because domestic cats don’t really follow you like dogs do. They meander around on their leash doing what they want to do. They stop walking and want to go in a different direction and so on and so forth. I’m not sure that the hike would work out very well but clearly Danielle and Kayleen who are the co-caretakers of these two beautiful tabby cats have found a nice solution to the desire to go hiking while also looking after their rescue cats whose names, by the way, are Bolt and Keel.

Hiking and boating cats Bolt and Keel
Hiking and boating cats Bolt and Keel
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Bolt and Keel were found by their owners abandoned in bushes in a park when they were about four weeks of age.

Hiking and boating cats Bolt and Keel
Hiking and boating cats Bolt and Keel

They look very relaxed out hiking. I would have thought that Danielle and Kayleen took them hiking when they were young so they became used to it. They’re both laid-back about it.

Hiking and boating cats Bolt and Keel
Hiking and boating cats Bolt and Keel

The fluffy, longer haired one is Bolt. He is a very chilled out cat and likes to be carried when they are out hiking. He is not doing a lot of hiking therefore! Keel loves his hiking and is not a lap cat it seems. I forgot to say that they are brothers.

The cats have become well-known on Instagram. They have more than 27,000 followers. I suppose people are interested in how they manage to go on hikes with their human companions and make it all hang together and work.

It proves that it can be done. I suppose it’s just a question of humans adapting to how they go about hiking in the great outdoors and cats also adapting to being on long walks on their human companion’s shoulders or in a kayak on a lake!

Would you consider doing something like this? Do you think it is a good idea? I think it’s good idea. It is just a question of actually doing it. I can see that it requires a certain amount of energy and training on behalf of the owners to make sure that everything works. How many cans of cat food can you carry in a rucksack?

Note: The photos are from their Instagram account.

2 thoughts on “Would You Go Hiking in the Great Outdoors with Your Domestic Cats?”

  1. We used to take our 2 Siamese hiking, camping biking and just walking when we went on vacations, biking on the streets, camping in the woods, and attending art and craft fairs. They walked on leashes-well Red Prince walked, Little Boy Blue rode around my shoulders. After they passed over The Bridge, very few of our rescues wanted to leave the house. Tweetums would ride around on my shoulders and we got so used to it that I would forget he was there and went grocery shopping. Was stopped at the door by a guard who couldn’t believe Twee was so calm about the whole thing. But I had to take him home-they didn’t let him in. I wouldn’t do it now-there are too many things that can happen. And it takes a special kitty. My current crew are all special needs babies.

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  2. I think that if kittens are trained from an early age, they can do these kinds of things. It’s something I never thought of when I had kittens in Hawaii. They had 5 acres to roam on, but I’m not actually sure how far they went.

    I had a friend who used to take her cat camping, until one day her cat was attacked by another animal, but I don’t remember what it was. Her cat had to have many stitches, but survived o.k.

    The author of a book I’m reading on The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats (Jeffery Mason) has 5 cats who walk with him to the beach every day, and wait by the shore until he comes out of the water. I can’t remember how far it is, but it’s a rather long walk.

    These are all cats who were rescued by him at different times, so it’s interesting that they all participate in this activity which wasn’t learned as kittens.

    More awesome mysteries of cats! How about the surfing cat in Hawaii?

    I’m really enjoying this book, and recommend it, as well as the fantasy “The Great Purr”.

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