Take the quiz below, excerpted from Laura Moss’s Adventure Cats, to find out if your cat is likely to enjoy adventuring with you.
Is My Cat an Adventure Cat?
- How much time does your cat spend gazing out the window?
a. All day with wide eyes and a twitching tail.
b. On and off throughout the day with mild interest.
c. My cat is too busy napping to notice the outside world.
- How does your cat respond to new situations (unfamiliar people, sudden sounds, etc.)?
a. Strides confidently toward them to investigate.
b. Backs away, but remains close by to observe.
c. Runs and hides.
- How often does your cat try to slip out the door?
a. Every time it opens.
- How comfortable is your cat being handled? How easy would it be to get your cat into a harness?
a. My cat doesn’t mind being picked up and held and would easily don a harness.
b. My cat would take some time to warm up to a harness.
c. My cat and I have more of a hands-off type of relationship.
- Does your cat exhibit signs of boredom like inactivity, overgrooming, or destructive behavior?
a. Yes, definitely.
b. I’m not sure.
c. Nope, my cat gets plenty of mental stimulation.
It sounds like you’ve got an aspiring adventure cat on your hands.
Your kitty just may have an adventurer inside all that fur, but take things slowly to make sure she’s comfortable as you venture outdoors.
Adventuring isn’t for every cat, and you may have a kitty that’s perfectly content indoors or perhaps simply better off inside due to age, health issues, or other matters. However, your cat may still enjoy lounging in a catio.
About the Book
Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about cats comes the ultimate—and unexpected—guide to taking your cat into the wild. Here are cats walking on a leash. Cats hiking on a leash. Cats tramping through snow. Cats camping. Cats kayaking, canoeing, even surfing—yes, cats who love water.
When animal writer and active hiker Laura Moss couldn’t find an online resource for hitting the trail with her cat, she created one. AdventureCats.org took off like wildfire, with attention from Wired, the Huffington Post, Outside magazine, BuzzFeed, and much more. Now, the book Adventure Cats—a collection of jaw-dropping photographs, inspiring stories of real-life cats, and all the how-to a cat owner needs—will take readers and their cats well beyond the backyard. Learn how to leash-train a cat. What to do if you encounter wildlife on the trail. Plus, winter safety tips, and how to bring a little bit of the outdoors to an indoor cat.
The stories themselves are catnip for animal lovers, from Nanakuli, the one-eyed cat who hangs ten; to Georgie, a four-year-old gray tabby who lives on a sailboat; to Quandary, who not only insists on hiking with her family but also teaches them a valuable lesson: When you follow your cat’s natural tendency to wander, you experience the outdoors at a slower, richer pace. This book will delight every cat person, regardless of whether their pet is inclined to adventure. (Take the quiz at the beginning of the book to find out!)