MEET THESE KITTIES
THEIR OWNERS FOR
When my girlfriend and I moved in together, I per- suaded her to get two things: a cat and a bicycle.
Part of my sales pitch involved a
whimsical image of her cycling home
on a sun-dappled weekend morning
with a loaf of freshly baked bread
and the cat in her bike’s basket.
This never happened. The
Schwinn remains in storage, and the
contentedly indoor cat, Mimosa,
rarely ventures beyond her perch at
It’s safe to say we’re not an adventuring family — but other cat owners
have begun a burgeoning movement
that involves hiking, biking, and even
sailing through the outdoor wilderness with their felines in tow. They’re
called adventure cats.
I came across my first adventure
kitty through an Instagram wormhole
that brought me to Eevee, a fresh-faced Georgia-based tortoiseshell
who was named after a Pokemon
character. After rescuing Eevee
when she was found in a closet in
a mechanic shop, her owner, Emily,
let this “confident and eager” kitten
explore the backyard. By the time
Eevee was 4 months old, she’d graduated to hiking. “She was born to
be an adventure cat,” Emily decided
after noticing how Eevee liked to
walk ahead of her as if she already
knew the trail to follow.
Eevee’s now been joined by
Kasha, who’s officially known as an
“adventure kitten in training.” When
they’re out exploring the countryside
together, Emily always keeps her cats
on a leash — although she said that
at first it can be tricky teaching a cat
Adventurous: Is your
cat OK with specks of
rain hitting her through
the window screen?
Not so much: Or does
she freak out at the very
thought of suffering outdoor weather conditions?