Why should dogs get all the off-leash adventures, hikes, and fun? Cats may have a public image as one of the lazier animals, preferring a long nap in a sunbeam over a romp in the woods, but this isn’t the case for some kitties. “Adventure cats” are a growing trend and are blowing apart the common conceptions of where a cat can go and what a cat can do. Some of these kittens are so active, you might actually need a cat harness one day. Strap on your backpack, grab your to-go litter box, and let’s explore the world of adventure cats.

cat in a canoe
(photo by @sukiicat)

Plenty of cat owners are starting to take their feline friends out in the wild and giving them a taste of nature that’s traditionally reserved for dogs. These fluffy cats go on hikes, climb mountains, ride in bike baskets, and even perch in kayaks. The trend has significantly picked up steam on Instagram, where owners document their cat’s adventures and let other owners know that a cat can go anywhere a dog can go. This is what we call a myth-debunking adventure! After all, kitties absolutely adore groundbreaking views and long play-walks.

cat hiking in the mountain
(photo by @kittenscapes)

Want to turn your own cat into an adventure cat? A whole site has popped up around the phenomenon designed to help share tips and tricks to safely let your cat explore the great outdoors. Cat walking across all these picturesque views is one of the best ways to spend more time with your purr-ey friend. Before you get started, you’ll need a few crucial supplies like a pet-friendly backpack, a harness your cat won’t slip out of, and a mobile litter box in case your kitty doesn’t want to use nature’s litterbox.

cat hiking in the woods
(photo by @catschlepping)

Would you ever let your cat be an adventure cat? Do you think your cat would enjoy adventuring?