Traveling with cats is becoming more popular, much to the delight of many adventurous felines! My experience, after traveling with my cats, Fish and Chips, is that most cats can be taught to enjoy exploring the great outdoors. Whether, you’re leash-training training your kitten to enjoy the backyard, or taking him on backpacking expeditions, kayak tours, or long road trips – traveling with your cat will strengthen your bond and deepen your relationship.
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As the traveling cat community continues grows, more cats and kittens are getting the opportunity to explore the world. You may see these people enjoying outdoor activities with their feline friends and think, “I want to do that!”
But where do you start? Does your cat of the personality to enjoy adventures? And, if you’re adopting a cat or kitten you’re hoping to travel with, which traits should you be looking for?
First, you don’t need a special breed of cat in order to train him to enjoy adventures. Fish is half Bengal, half unknown, and Chips is some perfect combination of rescue kitten. That being said, there are certain personality traits that can be helpful when teaching a cat or kitten new behaviors.
The first thing to consider is the age of the cat. Kittens are easier to train, but remember he’s not a dog, so “easy” is still a relative term!
Next, look for a cat or kitten who is outgoing. Most kittens are adaptable and embrace new experiences, but if you have a choice, pick the craziest, boldest kitten. Basically, do the exact opposite of what most people would do!
When we adopted our first kitten, Fish, he was a tiny ball of energy. His sisters were curled up sleeping on a blanket, and he was climbing our legs getting into mischief. We knew from the moment we saw him he’d make an ideal traveling cat, because he was curious and had a desire to explore. He was, and still is, pretty much fearless.
Chips, on the other hand, was very shy when we adopted him. He liked to play, but was generally nervous. Despite his introverted tendencies, he followed in Fish’s pawprints and was able to embrace our lifestyle. The difference in Fish and Chips’ personalities shows that nearly any cat, if introduced in a way that works for them, can become a great travel companion.
Whether you’re planning to train your cat, or are thinking of adopting an adult cat, there are some things to look for in determining whether they’re cut out for a life of adventure.
First, does the cat want to be outdoors? If your cat sits in the window all day or tries to sneak out every time you open the door, it might be easier to persuade him to go out on a leash.
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The second thing to think about is how bonded your cat is to you. This is huge. To feel comfortable outdoors on a leash, your cat must trust you. And an affectionate cat is more likely to have confidence in you than one who’s more aloof. We’ve formed such a strong bond with Fish and Chips that we now feel comfortable letting go of their leashes for short periods of time. If the cats are frightened, we trust that they’ll run towards us rather than running away.
Another thing to consider is your cat’s reaction to other people and animals? Folks are going to want to meet your cat, whether you’re walking around town, or hitting the trails together. And you’re likely to see some dogs. Fish and Chips have spent time around dogs, but we always pick them up when we see a pup approaching – just in case. And not everyone sees a cat on a leash everyday, so it’s great if your cat is good with people.
Having said all of this, if your cat is nervous around dogs or people, or if you’re worried about him running away, start out in a backpack style carrier or pet stroller. Safety is the first priority! While safely tucked in his backpack or stroller, your cat can get accustomed to new surroundings and build his confidence at his own pace.
There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to training a traveling cat, and we’d never deny that it can be difficult and frustrating at times. However, with the right cat and an open mind it can be exceptionally rewarding for both you and your feline friend!
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