Take Your Cat on an Adventure Day
Today is the first official “Take Your Cat on an Adventure Day!” When we heard about this holiday a couple weeks ago, we were so excited. As you probably know, we are big believers in taking your cats out on adventures, as evidenced by the many cool trips we take Sophie on, and now Kylo Ren too.
Unfortunately, Adventure Cats are not very common (yet). People take their dogs out for adventures all the time, but how often do you see cats out on a walk, going camping, or even just going to the pet store? My guess is not very often. There’s no reason that cats can’t go on exciting trips or adventures though. When I’m out with Sophie and/or Kylo Ren, people often remark how strange it is to see a cat out on a leash, or they say that their cat would never like going out. But how many of those people have actually tried to take their cats out on excursions? My guess… not very many.
The best way to train a cat to walk on a leash and to go out on adventures is to start doing it when they are very young. If they grow up doing those things, it will seem normal and natural to them. That’s how Kylo Ren became the Adventure Cat he is. I started taking him out right away and just kind of threw him into it. He went with it and loves it! It’s not too late to have an Adventure Cat if your cats are already grown, however!
If you’d like to train your cat to learn to enjoy adventures, no matter their age, we suggest following these tips:
1. If possible, start training when your cat is young. If the cat is adventuring from the beginning, it will be normal to him!
2. Pick out a comfortable and safe harness and leash set. Start by having your cat wear the harness around the house (always supervised).
3. Once your cat seems comfortable in the harness, try taking him outside on your porch or back yard. You want to avoid the front of your house at first, as it is noisier with cars and people passing by.
4. As your cat becomes comfortable in your back yard, work on increasing his comfort zone. Try the front yard, a neighbor’s yard, etc. Slowly introduce your cat to new situations as he seems ready.
5. ALWAYS pay attention to your cat’s body language and emotional cues. If he starts to get nervous or seems stressed, stop and take a break. Pick back up another time.
Of course we understand that not every cat will enjoy going on walks or even stepping foot outside of their home. Though much of the making of an adventure cat has to do with conditioning and training, there are some cats whose personalities are just not prone to liking outdoor adventures. There’s nothing wrong with that. And honestly, who says you can’t have indoor adventures instead? 😉
If you’ve been thinking about taking your cat out for some fun, now’s the time! If you’ve been thinking that your cat wouldn’t like an adventure, now’s the time to give it a shot anyway! Who knows, he may surprise you.