If you are ready to get out there with your adventure cat but are thinking that you don’t have anywhere cool nearby to visit, think again! Adventures don’t always have to be some big elaborate road trip, camping trip, or kayaking trip. You may be surprised to find that there are plenty of destinations close to home, right in your own back yard – literally!
*Remember to always keep your cat on a secure harness and leash while out on adventures. Even if you’re just in your back yard, and even if your yard is fenced in. All it takes is one loud noise to send your cat bolting away. Better safe than sorry!
Going out on an adventure with you cat doesn’t necessarily have to be a big and involved trip, especially if you’re just starting out. Your own backyard is full of plenty of exciting things! There are all kinds of new sights and sounds that are entertaining for a kitty.
Take a stroll through the yard or grab a picnic blanket and enjoy a peaceful time of relaxation together. Bringing your adventure cat’s favorite toy for an outdoor play session is also a fun idea. It adds a whole new level of excitement to play time. Then there’s our new favorite backyard activity: BUBBLES!
Pet stores are always a fun adventure cat outing! I enjoy taking the kitties to the pet store because it exposes them to new sights, smells, and sounds, and they also get acclimated to meeting new people. Plus, they get to help pick out new toys and treats!
If you are just starting to train your cat for adventures, I suggest visiting during a time when the store isn’t super busy. The pet store where we frequent often has adoption events on the weekends, so there are tons of dogs and people all over the store. Not an ideal environment for a cat who is still getting used to adventures. To begin with, try visiting during the morning, afternoon, or late evening on a weekday when the store is less crowded.
One of the neatest outdoor adventure spots we’ve discovered? Schools! On the weekends, they are deserted and quiet. They have plenty of cool places to explore. Sometimes they even have little trails and paths through the surrounding woods. AND THEY HAVE PLAYGROUNDS! Need we say more?
Our town has several parks scattered around, some of them bigger than others and some with more amenities. They are all good for different things.
We have one park that we enjoy that is about the size of a city block. It has some shady areas with paved walking paths, and it also has an open field. We like this one for just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather. It’s perfect for strolling and laying out a picnic blanket for some R&R or even a little playtime.
Our absolute favorite park, however, is several acres large. Amerson River Park is located beside the Ocmulgee River and has paved walking trails, biking trails, playgrounds, and a canoe put-in. This is the KCC Adventure Team’s most frequent haunts, whether we go to relax, take a hike, or go canoeing.
Explore your local parks – figure out which ones are your favorites, and take your adventure cat along! Even if you don’t have any large parks nearby, the small ones are full of plenty of entertainment!
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What is your favorite local spot to visit with your cat(s)?